An apartment building across the street from the espresso bar I was hanging out at.
Sketching while having a coffee in Chinatown.
Spent the day with the Toronto Urban Sketchers group. We were participating in a “Sketchcrawl” – a drawing marathon where a group of artists explore the city and sketch what’s around them. It was interesting and inspiring to see other people’s take on Toronto.
Here are some of my sketches (I did all of these from inside various Starbucks locations. It was too cold to be outside and the only thing open on an Easter Holiday weekend):
Sheraton Hotel, Queen & University
The lobby of the Sheraton Hotel has seating surrounding the courtyard and a cafe that serves Starbucks.
Hot Dogs, York & Adelaide
This hot dog stand is in the Financial District and is usually busy serving bankers during weekdays. Since it was Easter weekend there was barely anyone around, but the vendor did manage to sell some hot dogs. I didn’t get one, as I was sketching and having coffee inside a Starbucks.
Momofuku Restaurant, University & Adelaide
• Moleskine – Watercolor Pocket Notebook 5 ½”x 3 ½”
• Pigma Micron Pen – 01
• Koi Watercolor Travel Pen
• Watercolor Travel Kit – Winsor & Newton pans velcroed into an Altoids box
Another sketcher had an Altoids Watercolor travel kit as well. You can learn how to put one together here.
Sketching and coffee on a rainy afternoon.
In a coffee shop waiting for a friend. Sketching to pass the time.
South on College Street / West of Bathurst Street
On the left – a mom & pop owned thrift shop.
On the right – a church.
Old City Hall
60 Queen Street West & Bay Street
Coffee and sketching. Keeping warm in a Starbucks on a cold afternoon.