week two found me continuing trying out the markers....up until i rendered the ugliest bay window i've ever seen. after that i stuck to just plain black ink with an occasional grey or beige marker thrown in for shading. other than creating [clown] windows, week two found me exploring portland, maine more to find scenes to sketch.
sketching has a way of making you focus on details. there are now several places around town i feel i see in a different light having sketched them.
as an architect, i draw in some way, shape or form everyday.
the majority of the time it's digital drawing in autocad, but there's also scribbling lines to figure out a detail, drawing existing spaces to map out or sketching to convey an idea to a client. one thing not on that list is sketching simply for fun. it seems, one of the very reasons i got into architecture, was now on the back burner...or worse, almost non existent in my life.
there's a "movement" on social media called [inktober] where you're given 31 prompt words for every day of october and try to sketch, or create and ink drawing, every day during the month. i've attempted it the past 2 years but usually never make it past day four. this year a coworker and i decided we needed to get back to sketching for fun so we would both take the 31 day challenge and motivate each other to actually finish the task. to give ourselves more accountability and to cater it a more towards architecture, we came up with 31 words of our own.
wanting to share the sketches with you, as well as get my blog posting count a little higher this year, i thought i'd break the sketches down into weeks. this also gives me a chance to explain a little bit what i discovered during the month.
the first week, i wanted to try something i never do, which is us my chartpak ad markers that have sat by my desk unused for about 10 years. when you know what you're doing with these markers you can work magic with your illustrations, with me, i might as well be using crayons on the back of a kids placemat at a restaurant. but what better time to learn and experiment with markers then in some made up drawing exercise that doesn't matter to anyone but me. that being said...
in a town famous for craft beers and delicious food, heading to a brewery on a saturday seems like the perfect way to enjoy an early fall afternoon. on the recommendation from several people we decided to check out "oxbow blending and bottling." we met up with friends and enjoyed an afternoon full of sours, pilsners, ipa's and duckfat fries which are a gift from the food gods themselves. not only was it great to catch up with everyone, but it seemed like the entire city was enjoying the weather.
i feel every city has a rhythm to it, and i'm starting to sync with portland's. a lot of this cities beat is based on where best to enjoy a pint; by the ocean, at 'camp', on the patio or inside by a fireplace. this particular weekend, being too cool to be by the ocean, but also too sunny to be inside, it was for sure patio time in portland.
they say you should do one thing that scares you everyday....
i don't really buy into that. i'm more of a once-a-month-one-thing-that-scares-me kind of guy.
to balance that though, i really believe you should do one thing a month that sends chills down your spine. for me, it was having the privilege of seeing neko case in concert again. her voice alone will do it for me, but when you add in her lyrics along with the sense of nostalgia i get when she sings, it was full on chills that september night. i enjoyed hearing my favorites and fully fell in love with several songs from her newest album, which have been on heavy rotation since. i enjoy when seasons have beginnings and neko started off fall for me with a perfect chill.
much like doing something that scares you, gives you a feeling of being alive and helps you avoid getting stuck in a rut, i think getting chills is just a little natural reminder that you're out there experiencing life!
sometimes they're strange land forms, unique structures or historic sites, but more often then not it's an object or animal that seems to vastly different than most other object like it. you often hear "the world's largest...", "the worlds deepest..", "the worlds smallest..", etc etc ect. if i'm on the road and see a sign for one of these attractions, you can bet i'm going to stop and check it out. now imagine my delight when one of these events basically came to me.
last month the city of portland, maine decided to create the world's largest ham italian.
a little back story for those unfamiliar with this type of sandwich.
to make a long story short, back in the day, a baker named giovanni amato was selling bread to the dock workers of portland. by request, he started adding sliced meat and vegetables to the bread making a simple ham sandwich. since he was italian, they became known as ham italians. he sold so many he eventually opened a restaurant. over one hundred years later it's a staple in the state of maine, with his store still going strong as well as several other deli's selling their version of the sandwich. i was introduced to these sandwiches last year by a friend of mine who is a true "mainer." being the type of guy who loves local culture and wanting to embrace my new home, as well as thinking it's a pretty damn tasty sandwich, i've become a true fan, belonging to several on-line social media groups filled with ham italian fan-dom. imagine my excitement when it was announce that a group was organizing an effort to create the world's largest ham itailian. food! local culture! world record! there was no way i was going to miss this. i took an early lunch that day and met up with my wife to head down to the square where it was taking place. as i turned the corner of the street i saw 177 feet of italian bread. several deli's would make different sections of the sandwich until it was completed. as they piled on the sliced ham, veggies, oil and vinegar, i was scoping out which section i would like to try. as it's not really too complicated of a sandwich to make, the event didn't take long. i grabbed a couple of slices, sat back and enjoyed my ham itailian. not only did i get to try a few varieties of the sandwich from different deli's but there were several other ham italian "fans", who oddly all looked exactly like me, doing the same thing. i chatted with many of them and now follow several of them on instagram. in the end, it wasn't an "official" world record as the proper judges weren't there, but the sense of community felt that day was something special. although this event is pretty much incapable of become a road side attraction i do believe photos of the event will be placed in the local museum under the "ham italian" exhibit. yes, it's a real thing. be sure to grab a ham italian and check it out.