More Sidewalk Art: Thirteen

A few months ago I wrote a post about some artwork I did inspired by a book:  Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, by Carla Sonheim. (Look here for that post.) I’ve done some recent work inspired by the same subject – the cracks in the sidewalks under my feet. Now I’m doing a small series of posts to show you the results. Search this blog under the term “sidewalk art” to find earlier posts in the series.

My method is to take one photo and rotate it through a circle – that way I can do four drawings from one photo. Here is the source photo for the drawings done on 1/4/20:



and here are the drawings.

Sidewalk Sketches 1-4-20


7 thoughts on “More Sidewalk Art: Thirteen

  1. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    When I saw your posts on these sidewalk drawings, to my granddaughter. She loved them. We couldn’t find cracked sidewalks on her street, so we drew different cracked sidewalks. Then she had so much fun drawing .

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I am glad you tried this. Sometimes I also use crack patterns on asphalt or in painted lines on the street, or shadows, and in a pinch, draw some random dots, connect them, and go from there. Oh, I forgot, oil stains on the garage floor or discolorations on stucco buildings…next thing you know, everything has a hidden personality. And of course the time honored favorite, clouds!

      1. Chela's Colchas y Mas

        Thanks for the ideas. There is a hidden personality everywhere. As for clouds, I used to tell my students to bring towels or blankets. Then we would go lay out in the playground and look at clouds. When we got back in the classroom, we had art and poetry writing inspired by the clouds. These were some of the best days. I did this with every age group that I taught (K-5) The first graders wrote from their heart, unfiltered.

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