September 21st, 2019

Cordoba Av. and 25 de Mayo Street Crossing

ARTIST: Fede Tessa, Argentina
ARTIST STATEMENT: Sketched on location. For this particular sketch, I drew it on Saturday because on weekdays the area is too crowded! I chose my Alpha Series hardbound A4 sketchbook and drew across the two pages, so the sketch is an A3 size. I started drawing the Splendor Hotel (classical building on the right), first tracing the basic shapes with a 0.3 mechanical pencil and continued with 0.5 and 0.7 adding more and more details. Then I sketched the rest of the environment, adding a focus with the vanishing point on the street, as opposed to the almost facade-like drawing of the Hotel. Later, from reference photos, I completed the sketch with watercolors, some strokes with color pencils, and white gel pen.

MEDIA: Watercolor, Pencil, Ink
SURFACE: Alpha Series — Heavyweight — 150 gsm — White — Medium Grain Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I’m an architect born and living in Buenos Aires. I’ve been drawing since I can remember. During my last university year, I started drawing with computers and quickly it became my main tool. Later on, around 2013, I started to feel the need to do something by hand. Searching the web, I discovered urban sketching groups and since then, I have made it an almost daily practice.

All my sketches are hand drawn on location and I use various media such as fine liners, mechanical pencils, fountain pens, and watercolors. Now, I’m focused on capturing urban scenes in my wonderful city. My preferred subjects are old or classical buildings, old and rusted cars, trucks and machinery.

Most of my sketches are drawn in sketchbooks. I always have a sketchbook in my backpack, and when I have any spare time, I sketch. The most relevant thing I have learned is to focus on the process, not the end result. Sketching on location, concentrating on the subject, enjoying being outdoors while sketching: it’s really a wonderful moment!




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