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Sketching By The Channel… In Ink

April 3, 2013


Last week, we were out and about in Port Aransas, Texas, and decided to stop for a bit at Roberts Park, next to the ferry landing.  For a change, I had carried my sketchbook and some pens.  While we sat and watched for dolphins, I sketched this collection of docks and buildings on the other side of the channel.


(Above) Continuing with the view as it ran to the right and a bend in the channel.


A young couple sat nearby, fishing in the channel.  By the time I got to them, the man had walked away for awhile, so I sketched the young lady next to their huge canvas bag.


The other subjects were all still, even the young lady fishing.  My last challenge as we sat there was this barge that came around the bend, being pushed by a tugboat.  It was moving much faster than I had anticipated, and was already making the turn by the time I got started.  This was a less than one-minute sketch.

I very rarely sketch on location in ink, so this was a fun challenge.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Edward Baltrip permalink
    April 5, 2013 12:01 am

    Love the “Quick Sketches”! They show action and movement that is difficult to capture any other way. Keep up the great work Ralph! Sure would like to meet you on the road sometime!

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