Sketching in DC

February 11, 2014

Recently I went out with the D.C. Urban Sketchers two weekends to do some drawing. The first day we met at the Old Post Office Pavilion for both the impressive atrium and the views from one of the highest points in the city. The second day is from the National Gallery — again, outside and in.

The main staircase in the atrium of the Old Post Office Pavilion has these great wrought-iron bannisters. I used Micron 0.5mm and 0.8mm pens over pencil with a Prismacolor 60% gray marker for shading.

From the tower, you get a great view of D.C. from Capitol to Washington Monument and beyond. I captured this sketch of the fantastically brutalist FBI Headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, though the cold cut it short — I hadn’t brought gloves and the tower is pretty exposed.

Currently on display in the National Gallery is The Dying Gaul, an ancient Roman sculpture on loan from the Capitoline Museums. The Gaul has a great mustache.

The entrance of the National Gallery is right on Constitution Avenue, in the middle of the National Mall. The scaffolding is finally down from last year’s refurbishing of the Washington Monument, so I drew this view of it.