I use my 'sketchbooks' as a place for inspiration, filling them with not only drawings but also photos and things I find interesting. Now that I use so much technology (computers, iphones and tablets) my definition of sketchbook has stretched to include drawing apps and collections of photo imagery that I use as inspiration when painting.
I love this theme of Urban Sketching, I know I could spend months exploring this topic. I'm going to do something a little different today and share a recent photo safari to an area just west of my neighborhood in Chicago, underneath the Metra train tracks, to see another take on 'urban sketching' by artists who 'draw' with a can of spray paint.
I like how this graffiti artist worked with the structure of the staggered block wall.
I am particularly entranced by the layering of type and imagery that create such beautiful complex images when cropped.
A discarded metal tree sculpture added another point of interest.
The massive chandelier was another interesting addition to this urban space. It's probably about 8 feet across with silk flowers entwined around it. I could do a whole other post about layers of rusty decay from this excursion.
I know this was a bit of a deviation from the usual sketchbook post, but I hope you find it inspiring and another way to look at artistic beauty hidden in plain site.