Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Philadelphia - AIA National Convention

Independence Hall
A mob scene even on a rainy day, buses and carriage tours steadily stomped by with loud 80's rock blaring from street vendor booths. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't what I expected.

I sat in on a figure drawing session at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Founded in 1860, it claims to be the oldest artists' club in America. It is housed in three adjoining brick townhouses from the 1820's on Camac Street near Washington Square. The attic space of the three houses is a sky-lit studio. Model ships hang from the ceiling and rest on a large window sill, unmoved for over one hundred years. The group was a mix of young design students and retirees, all of whom were extremely talented. In this sketch the seated man in the red shirt is Charles Dougherty, an accomplished graphic novel illustrator.