Note: Sometimes on symposium trips I get a bit stressed out on the very first day as there are other people already in town and wanting to catch up.I spend a lot of time on my phone answering messages!
Note 2: Sorry the above photo is a little blurry though it accurately represents what I saw that first evening!
For the #oneweek100peoplesymposium challenge I managed to sketch 56 people in one sitting while I was waiting for my flight as I was delayed by 1 hour. I felt very rusty and a little bit anxious about the impact of the delay on my connection in Dallas, and I think this reflected in my linework. But by about #40 I was starting to get in the groove. I didn’t sketch any people as such on my 15 hour flight (just the view from my seat), and spent the whole time in DFW worrying about whether I would make my connecting flight due to some long lines. I was too tired for my second flight to do much sketching.
Arrived to my hotel around 7.30ish (I had a 30+ hour long Monday), dumped my bag in my room and then headed out to catch the last of the light. I sat on the steps of The Institute of Art for this sketch. I was pretty sleep deprived and knew my eye-hand coordination was a little out. But it’s always worth having a go, and trying to stay up till a reasonable hour on the first night after a long haul flight.
Note: I didn’t buy anything! I will wait until I have a buddy or two before going through in detail. But just for the record, I am much less of an art supply junkie these days. (Maybe the fact that I now live in a very small flat might have something to do with it).
I walked around The Loop and the Riverside walk and then waited outside the Institute of Art to meet up with a (non-sketching) friend. I was sitting in the shade of one of the urns so this was the best view I could sketch.
Lovely afternoon with my friend (thanks Tobi!) and then, before dinner, I headed back to Michigan Ave to find a ‘good’ building to sketch. So here it is – a fun study of the Fine Arts Building. I like sketching buildings like this – complex but with lots of variety and not too much repetition. Tomorrow I will tackle something harder. There are a lot of hard buildings to sketch here in Chicago!
Anyway, it’s just been a quick update for today. In summary, I am LOVING Chicago and it was good to spend most of the day walking around and getting a feel for this town.
I’m not sure how often I will be able to write an update article, but I will try.