This is the doodlewash version of a crazy complex sketch I tried for #DrawingAugust of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Apparently, this is what I get for saying I love hard lines, as there are about 1 million lines in this particular structure. I sketched this from a photo I took in Paris, the first time Philippe and I were there together. Also, per the request of Kirk over at Dumb Sketch Daily, I included people this time for scale. Very, very tiny people.
It was actually a much uglier day, and had just rained, but I opted for a happier sky. The Pompidou Center is gigantic and extremely complex. It’s nearly looks out of place, but if you turn around from this view, you can see a fountain with giant red lips spitting water, so perhaps it fits in just fine.
Philippe was working for much of the weeks I was there so I would often wander around Paris by myself. I wish I had been sketching at the time, as it would have been a fun way to spend the afternoon. As it was, I was taking lots of photos instead. I love photography, but now that I’ve discovered doodlewashing, I don’t think I could go back to photos as a primary medium. Though I’ll need to get looser and faster if I want to capture life as it happens.
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