On the only sunny day since I arrived in Chicago, I found half an hour while waiting for the bus back to O’Hare airport. I wandered into Grant Park, which overlooks Lake Michigan but is separated from it by a busy road. As a subject for a sketch, I was daunted by the spectacular fountain as the subject. Instead, I sat with my back to it and drew in charcoal the city skyline over the trees.
This is the sketch as I completed it on scene. Once home, I worked back into it with water and harder pressure on the stick, scraping back the damp surface to reveal the white beneath and accentuating the contrast as the wet charcoal clung to the ruckles. I added some white acrylic paint with a stick and scraped it back along a straight edge. At some point I had to stop.