Place d’Armes

I was a bit early for a meeting in Old Montreal today, but with only about half an hour to sketch I realized it would be overly ambitious to work in colour. I haven’t done a pencil sketch in a long time but figured I would probably have enough time to at least get some shape and tone down before the meeting. Using the James Richards method of putting the people in first, I drew the two guys on the left having a smoke and a coffee, and then added in the tour guide telling two ladies about the history of Place d’Armes.  The statue of Maisonneuve was next, then with only a short time left I added in the shape of the buildings in the background and off to the meeting I went.




19 Comments on “Place d’Armes”

  1. Monique says:

    This is great and thanks for introducing me to another wonderful artist.I read today Old Montreal will host a Marché de Noel in December..should be beautiful


  2. Alison says:

    Thanks for the reminder that there is always time to sketch something!


  3. Kudos. well done, Jane, it is good to have your share this with us. i look forward to having that presence of mind sometime soon. Sincerely ,i do mean thank you; just now the best I can do is sketch a tree let alone a person on the move. You are right; always sketch the moving target first.


  4. Debra says:

    Hi Shari – lovely sketch – I have always been partial to pencil! With just a few details you capture the sense of the place.


  5. Soni says:

    Nice job !!! What kind of pencil ?


  6. Donna says:

    Thanks for the tip on doing the people first!


  7. Gil Zarins says:

    People first, yes! Did you find this easier, or just different to develop?


    • I found this easier Gil. The two main groups of people stood there for quite a while so it was a lot easier to sketch them than if they were walking by. I didn’t think about too much. Just saw them, drew them in and added the buildings around them. It’s probably good I didn’t have much time to think about it.


  8. Joan T says:

    I do like James’ method of doing the people first…before they are gone. lol So nice to see a pencil sketch from you.


  9. Hola Shari, como soy un apasionado aficionado al dibujo y a la acuarela, éste boceto con grafito de la “place d’Armes”, me encanta. Bravo!


  10. anthoniaart says:

    Super nice


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