View from new Central Library

We went to the new Calgary Central Library on Sat Nov 17, 2018. It is a great building, lots of open space, activity, and windows looking out at everything around it.

Below is my sketch of the City Hall C-Train station just to the west of the building, as viewed from the top floor. I was sitting a few comfortable chairs over from Chris, who has already posted a much nicer, looser, sketch. I spent almost two hours sketching with only my pencil when I noticed that the shadows had gotten a lot longer since when I started. So I packed up and finished the inking and watercolour at home.

Hope you like,


City Hall station from Central Library

From the ground

I went for a street view of the Sunalta station. Less wind at ground level, but always looking up with some tricky angles. I also used a larger sketchbook to try to capture extra details, 8-1/2 by 11 inches laid flat for 17 x 11 inches. I did the pencil sketch on site, and inked the lines and added washes at home. I added the train afterwards from a photo I took on site.

Inbound approaching Sunalta cropped

Rundle Ruins – Sat Oct 20

It was a beautiful day. Seven of us sketched the Rundle ruins under sunny skies, no wind, no bugs, and no SNOW!

I stuck to graphite and sketched one of the remaining wall sections, others picked other views but everyone enjoyed the event. Below is a picture of my own sketch, and also a group photo of the sketchbooks. Sorry for the sun bleaching out a couple of the sketchbooks, but all were very nice.

OddFellow’s Hall – lots of lines

It was a bit chilly Saturday morning, but we got a break when the sun came out just after we started drawing the building. A lot of lines and a serious workout on perspective. I was sketching for two hours and only had light construction lines in pencil at the end of it. I had to ink the lines and then add watercolour when I got back home. Still, it was a worthwhile challenge and we had a good turnout – at least 10 of us were there.

Oddfellows Hall 2018-09-01 cmprsd


George C. King bridge

My first post here on CalgaryUrbanSketchers, so please accept my apologies in advance for any formatting errors.

We went to St. Patrick’s Island to sketch the George C. King bridge on Saturday, August 25. It is a new bridge with lots of curves and it was quite a challenge to draw. The two main (or at least most visible) structural elements are two “ribbons” of steel that form the main structure of the suspension bridge. They look like two ribbons that “jump” across the first branch of the river to St. Patrick’s Island, then “bounce” once, and jump over the main branch of the Bow River to East Calgary.

My first photo is the pen and ink sketch I did on site. When I got home, I realized that colour was needed to separate all (or hopefully all) the different elements in the bridge, so I added watercolour washes at home.

Hope you like, Jim

George C King bridge 20180825George C King bridge in colour 20180825