St. Patrick and Atlas
Perhaps sketching St. Patrick’s Cathedral is not ideal for someone who does not regularly draw architecture.
I first tried the towers, but there is so much similar detail that I would get confused after looking up and start drawing the wrong part for the place I was in my drawing…so I moved on to the rose windows. Better, but still. I ended up with the frustrated scribble at the top, which actually shows a much better feel for the building I think.
I drew a tour guide (many many tourists with or without guides but all seemingly with cameras), and a tree.
But time to go to what I do have a lot of experience with…sculpture.
I was there in my first meeting with the NYC Urban Sketchers. Their chosen subject for August 1 was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We were positioned in front of a sculpture of the god Atlas. So I turned my attention to him.
I’d like to go back and do him again from multiple views. There’s a lot going on here. That thing between his legs is supposed to be water, I think, although my drawings make it look quite erotic.
Here’s a photo of a front of the entire sculpture. I was not going to stand in the middle of the crowded sidewalk and draw that view, but the sides and back have plenty to offer.
I was so absorbed in Atlas, that all of a sudden the Cathedral was pealing the noon bell. I looked around, and all the other sketchers had disappeared, so I didn’t have a chance to really talk much to any of them…
I used both marker and pencil for these sketches.