Spotted this group of neighborhood women smoking and gossiping at a Madrid cafe. In urban neighborhoods globally, these are the women who make the world go ’round. Illustrated (while drinking cappuccino) on location in Madrid.
Well they say Paris is for lovers, so I was very happy to catch this drawing of a couple kissing behind Notre Dame. Luckily it was a long kiss, so I had time to draw! Drawn on location with pen and brush and sepia ink.
Some serious washing at the fountains going on by these men before entering the mosque in Singapore. It was a hot, hot day, and they kept telling me to get out of the sun! Drawn on location with pen and ink.
Vendors outside the Buddhist temple on Waterloo Street in Singapore sell flowers, incense, and objects to offer to deceased relatives: paper clothing, money, even paper i-phones! Drawn on location with pen and ink and watercolor.
Schoolchildren at the Wat Trimitr temple in Bangkok. The monks were telling them to leave the artist alone to work – thankfully the children had trouble listening to them and came running over to see what I was doing. Such sweet faces! Drawn on location with pen and ink and watercolor.
The Chao Phraya river in Bangkok is a main transportation route through the city. The hustle along the river matches the street vibe – you hear the constant blowing of whistles as the commuter boats are navigated into the ports, and the people jockey for positions. Drawn on location with pen and ink and pastel.
The street life of Bangkok is lively at all times of the day or night. Here is a typical sidewalk lunch set up. Good food, and super fast! Drawn on location with pen and ink, colored pencil, and pastel.
The busy hustle of Bangkok continues at the Wat Trimitr temple in the Chinatown area. Hawkers and vendors share space with praying monks and curious tourists. Drawn on location with pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, and oil crayons.
The Urban Sketchers Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing, Quarry Press. Written by Veronica Lawlor, with illustrations by Veronica Lawlor and others. Front cover image: Havana, 2016; back cover image: Travers Park, NY; both by Veronica Lawlor.