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Sketchbook Page from China

For my virtual sketchbook this week I visited China.  I studied at length the Forbidden city and took in much of the unique architecture and symbolism.  I was delighted with the pagodas and almost drew the building at the Square Pagoda Park but it was very square and linear.

I wanted to create something with more feeling.  China's population is large, just people jam packed everywhere.  This is especially true of Shanghai, I was entranced by the colorful advertising but also amazed that the lighting of the inanimate objects had more projected life to them then the people themselves.  This is what I believe captured the mood.  Within the picture is the false life created by the lit up city and the the faceless people within.  Maybe it was the rainy day that made them seem so distant from one another.



14 comments:

  1. Interesting take on China. Great detail in your sketch.

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  2. blank faces dispersed among the umbrellas; yet all is bright in color <3

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  3. Like your sketch, sad that in a busy city people can be so lonely.
    Jen x

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  4. This is a fantastic depiction of Chinese life, can feel the people scurrying by :D XXX

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  5. great sketch you definately captured the colour and vibrancy, your notes made me look more closely at the people. i wonder do they feel less important than the technology that surrounds them, strange how our world is changing like this.

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  6. Lovely choice of colours and interesting image you've created. M

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  7. Great sketch. You have captured the busy street life and the artificial vibrancy. It is the people who matter.

    Janet xx

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  8. Full of colour, busy with lot's of activity, just wonderful!

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  9. Fabulous postcard. It really captures the big city feel. A xx

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  10. your card is great such bright colours of the city x

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  11. A wonderful piece of art which depicts the busy city life. Caz

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  12. Yes having an umbrella gives a false sense of a boundary I guess. I love your take on China!

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  13. That's a great take on the theme china. :) Love the colors! :)

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