Friday, March 11, 2011

Mall Concierge



I haven't been in the nearby mall for many months, so it was time to visit and see what was new there. One new thing was a "conveyor-belt" sushi restaurant, where goodies were constantly circulated in front of the eaters. I was being frugal so I didn't eat there. But I did buy a Starbucks coffee, which allowed me to sit in the sipping area in front of the store and make this drawing. Tysons Corner Mall has a wealth of design vistas which invite me to draw their complexity and perspective. I had not yet drawn the round concierge kiosk so this was my subject today. The shape in front is the arms and back of an upholstered chair in the seating area.

I've done uncounted numbers of these urban sketches over the years. Lately I've been wondering, rather crassly and un-artistically, whether I could make money by marketing either the sketches themselves or my ability to do them. They aren't slick and computerized like most architectural concept drawings nowadays, but maybe someone in the architecture world wants this style.

Black Pitt technical pen on sketchbook paper, about 7 1/2" x 6".

2 comments:

Mary said...

These sketches are really appealing. They are high contrast, and you have a really strong sense of line (I don't exactly know what I mean by that, except that your lines seem confident and definite and prominent, whereas your shading and shadowing is usually very subtle).

I have an infant, and I've been reading that they love looking at black and white and at human beings. I think that probably extends to adults as well.

Anyway, this, and your comic-book work, is some of my favorite stuff of yours to look at. And your abstracts. (Maybe I just like strong lines...)

So you could probably sell it.

Also, you really should open a CafePress store. I would buy stuff. Maybe not iris T-shirts (though those probably would sell) but a mug with a coffee shop scene on it...

Venisse Quellette said...

You made this drawing? Cool! I always wanted to be good at drawing. But, unluckily, I just don't have what it takes. Speaking of mall concierge, I went to a mall near my working place. It was so big that I got lost for a while. Luckily, I was able to go to the concierge and get home early and safely.

Venisse Quellette