Working at a university should be great for Urban Sketching practice -- lots of buildings from different eras, plenty of gathering spots for those pesky people, and acres of varied landscapes.
So what caught my eye when I wandered out at lunch time earlier this week? You guessed it: birds.
These Canada Geese were hanging out on a grassy lawn called Rainier Vista, resting, feeding, preening -- how could I resist? Well, I couldn't:
I did try to find non-birdy things to sketch, such as buildings -- but it turns out that I find buildings boring to draw. I've tried several times of late, and about halfway through, my interest fizzles out, as you can see from this sketch of a building behind the one I work in. The viewpoint is from the glassed-in stairway of my building, looking down.
It's really quite a lovely building, but by the time I got to the right-hand side, I was so tired of it that I just scribbled that part in and wandered back outside in search of more interesting material. Guess what I found?
Maybe some more birds....
These Mallards were snoozing on the edge of Drumheller Fountain. They were clearly asking to be sketched by being so nice and quiet and motionless.
Guess I wasn't very much of an "urban" sketcher this time. Although the birds were in an urban environment, which surely counts for something, right?