Yerba Buena

 Posted by on February 28, 2014  Artists, Friends, LEFTY Drawings, Location Sketching, Watercolour  Tagged with:
Feb 282014

Last weekend was a good one for drawing; both doing it ourselves and appreciating drawings done by others. Firstly, on Saturday, Julia and I went to Yerba Buena Gardens to draw:


I ‘ve sketched here before (a study of the church you see here) but this time I tried an overview. The angle I chose was from the terrace, where there was ample seating in the sunlight, which was needed as it was a chilly day, despite being sunny. The park itself is down below, behind the pond and seagulls, obscured from this angle. So there is some weird foreshortening that my crude left-handed drawing may not convey, but I liked the view of the downtown cityscape.

That same evening we went to the nearby Cartoon Art Museum to hear a fascinating talk on Ronald Searle given by Matt Jones. This was a companion talk to the recent ‘Searle in America‘ show put on at the museum and arranged by Matt. (Julia did a great Searle tribute piece for the fundraiser auction to pay for shipping the Searle art to San Francisco.) Matt had slides of additional Searle artwork that did not make it into the museum show, but will hopefully find a place in the forthcoming BOOK on Searle’s work in the USA, that Matt is compiling now. This will essentially be an expanded and super-deluxe edition of the excellent program guide to the ‘Searle in America’ show (copies are still available at the Cartoon Art Museum). Matt also had some charming stories of how he finally came to befriend his hero, one of the greatest graphic stylists of all time, near the end of Ronald Searle’s long life.

After Matt’s excellent talk was finished, the public-speaker/art-curator extraordinaire met us at a nearby posh Indian restaurant, where we had a splendid evening dining and trading old tales with our pals and colleagues, Wave and Gleb. Sunday, I stayed at home doing watercolour washes on earlier drawings, including some TV sketching that I will post later.

  18 Responses to “Yerba Buena”

  1. You are amazing no matter which hand you use. Never stop.

  2. Wow. This is leftie’s performance already? Ps that is one of my favorite lookout spots.

  3. Holy crap, Jamie! That’s an awesome sketch!

  4. Dang, Jamie! Great work!

  5. I love that spot! That used to be one of my favorite spots to sit at at the Metreon before we moved south. Your sketch is making me homesick!

  6. Great work, as always.

  7. Amazing! Can’t wait for you to sketch aquatic park area…

  8. Very impressive, Jamie.

  9. lovely Jamie! That’s our ‘hood!

  10. love these lefty washy sketches. Got a Nicolas De Crecy Vibe!

  11. Nicely done m’man!

  12. Thank you, everyone. Lefties have more fun (like blondes).

  13. nice drawings jamie baker

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