This was an interesting request, especially because of the hand on the foreground.
I finally made it back to a life drawing class. My schedule didn't allow me to spend the time to go for the pass couple weeks, but I'm back! It's crazy how a couple weeks off actually set you back a little. My 90 seconds gestures weren't the greatest so they are not here. Fortunately, I caught up with the longer poses.
This RDG request (No 44) got my attention right away. I love the expression on the dog's face and the entire composition. I just had to draw it. Above is the process from start to finish. I made a mistake with the color of the eyes of the dog. They were supposed to be blue and I used a brown marker. Fortunately I was able to correct it with a watercolor pencil. I just dipped the tip of the pencil in water to soften it and basically turned the colored pencil into fine tip "paint pen". Good thing the area to correct was small :) Below is the final result.
This concludes my Vegas Urban Sketching Series. I had a lot of fun touring Vegas with my little sketchbook. It's definitely something I'd love to do again. On our way out, I also had the opportunity to do a couple more sketches during our trip back home ...
... waiting in line at the airport while United was trying to figure out how to organize the increasing people while their computer system was down ....
... waiting at our terminal for the plane to come ...
... waiting on the plane to get to Chicago ...
... waiting at the Chicago airport for the crew to show up (?) so that we can finally get on our next flight. At least we got a chance to try some food from Argo Tea. I wish they had a shop near my home. The Mango Black Bean & Brown Rice salad was excellent!
This is another fountain you'll see outside the Caesars Palace. It's actually just a portion of it facing the main strip. It's nice to see so many sculptures and fountains as you walk on the street. I wish more cities would do this. I think it makes for a better living environment.
I decided to give the pools another go but by concentrating on a small area of the site instead. This is just a portion of the VIP section. It was a great opportunity to work on shadows. I was standing on a covered balcony in the conference area of the Caesars Palace. This place is huge.
Here's my latest submission on Reddit Gets Drawn. This redditor had a lot of great photos to choose from, which is always a good thing for inspiration. They look like such an adorable couple. I decided to coupled two pictures together joined by a bubble heart.
This is the second part of the view from our hotel room where you can see a portion of the Aria Hotel. I like the curves on this building. But apparently because it's made of glass curving toward the hotel pool, you have to be careful not to get seriously burned by the "Vdara death Ray" as explained on a blog post by Gnarly Architecture.With so much solar power, I wonder why they didn't figure out of way to actually make use of all that free energy. In fact that's something that I don't get about Las Vegas, how come there isn't more solar panels in Vegas?
I went to pick up some chocolate at Vosges in the forum shop. They are kind of addictive, especially the Caramel Marshmallows and decided to go upstairs to draw one of the giant statues in the mall. I think her head alone is taller than a normal human being.
The Caesars Palace Hotel is truly spectacular and I went back quite a few times during my trip to draw various areas of this gigantic site. The designers and architects definitely did justice to Julius Caesars. Here I drew a portion of the garden at the main entrance facing the strip. The area is cooler dues to the shades provided by the many trees and the fountain. In fact, many birds seems to have found refuge here as well, and I could hear them I was drawing. Once stood at the edge of a bush long enough for me to sketch him. It's really an oasis in the desert.
There's a wildlife habitat at the Flamingo, one of the original hotels in Vegas and I decided to go check it out to do some sketching. It took me a little while to find a good spot to draw but I did. I ended up drawing these two new members of the habitat. I was told by one of the staff that the male (lower left) is Bugsy, named after the founder of the Flamigo. He was not quite comfortable in his new home at the time. Virginia (on the right) felt right at home rather quickly.