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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Learning from Sagar in Barcelona

A few months before the Barcelona symposium, I saw some amazing work by a Barcelona artist named Sagar Fornies.  He was handling light in a beautiful way, and when combined with his loose drawing style the overall effect seemed magical to me.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend his workshop at the symposium, and benefited a great deal from the teaching of both Sagar himself and his talented translator, our longtime Urban Sketchers friend Miguel Herranz.

Below is one of Sagar's drawings of L'Escola Industrial in Barcelona; it's the drawing that caught my attention before the Symposium and compelled me to seek him out.  Under Sagar's drawing is my on-location drawing of a university courtyard, produced over about 45 minutes during Sagar's workshop (I further darkened the foreground and added color to the roof later).  You'll note it's very different from my typical style.  I hope to be able to incorporate some of the lessons learned into my everyday work.  So here's to Sagar and Miguel...muchas gracias!

A drawing of L'Escola Industrial by Sagar (from his book, Barcelona: Redescobrint L'Elxample

My own location sketch of my view from the second floor balcony of a university courtyard produced during Sagar's workshop.