I took the train up to San Francisco for a couple of days, mostly to check out their bike infrastructure and their Sunday Streets. I also took the time to sketch. I traveled light, so I didn’t pack my watercolors, as I often do when I travel… but then I got the urge to use some color, so I purchased some color pencils. I usually wait and post sketchbook selections when I finish the book (see images from 56 and 57) but I liked these and wanted to show them off. [Something’s goofy where the 2-page scans are poor resolution – I will try to post better ones… any one want to help assemble these? I am really bad with computer manipulation of images.]
I visited public space projects; here’s a “parklet” basically a semi-permanent small park made out of a parking space. It’s hard to tell from this picture. This one is located at Mojo – a cafe and bike shop – on Divisadero near Grove.
Here’s a streetscape at Scott and Page… somewhat typical San Francisco Victorians, but also special because it’s part of a bike route called “The Wiggle.”
Here’s a church that I don’t know anything about, located at Fell and Filmore.
Here’s my favorite drawing of the trip – a streetscape in the Mission neighborhood. I was checking it out because Sunday Streets was taking place there the next day. The scene is on 24th at Harrison. There’re lots and lots of mistakes here… but overall it hangs together ok.
Here’s a close-up that shows more detail:
Subsequent to that one I biked up a hill (Russian Hill I am pretty sure) and found a good view of the city, including Coit Tower. Image at the top of the post.
Lastly, I did a few drawings on the Amtrak Coast Starlight, on the way up and the way down. None of those drawings are all that great; I’ve got better train interiors in other sketchbooks. Here’s one from early today that started as a foot study, and grew into a drawing of the back seat of an Amtrak chair.