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Chicago Skyline Color Pencil Drawing With John Hancock Center ~ 2458

Chicago skyline color pencil drawing.

This article is about my color pencil drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline of the near north side with the John Hancock Center. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center
  • Color Pencils
  • Elevation
  1. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center is the anchor of this drawing, which stands firmly behind the Drake Hotel and the Palmolive Building, both historic gems of Chicago architecture. I have omitted the large exoskeleton crosses that dominate the towering sky scraper and I have instead focused on the color and contour of the building so as to better work it into the cityscape.
  2. Color Pencils: The media used was color pencils. These pencils are a water soluble medium so that later I applied water to the drawing to open up the color that fall between the lines.
  3. Elevation: The elevation of the drawing is right upon the shoreline of the North Street Beach in Chicago. This is where Lake Shore Drive curves around Streeterville and then comes back in near Burnham Harbor just to the south of Randolph Street.
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

 

 

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Sunset Painting ~ 985

Watercolors and prints skyline painting of Chicago at sunset.

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at sunset. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:

  • Color
  • Lake Michigan
  • Delineation
  1. Color: The bold red sunset called for a deep red in the higher regions of the sky. The yellow glow is from both the reflected sunlight but also the glare of refracted light from the earth’s surface, thus making this a longer and wider line on the horizon rather than a pin point to the setting sun.
  2. Lake Michigan: The beauty of the sunset and cityscape is reflected in the waters of Lake Michigan at the waterfront of Burnham Harbor.
  3. Delineation: The delineation of the building is done in contour form rather than in terms of shade and shadow. Shade and shadows are picked up in the watercolor, whereas, the line conveys the image of the buildings and not the finer details. The line work in the water is of course loose and suggestive of the forms up above.
Watercolor painting of Chicago skyline.
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting ~ 853

Watercolors and prints of the Chicago skyline with the John Hancock Center.

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at Streeterville. Key elements to this work of art are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center
  • Elevation
  • Delineation
  1. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center is centerpiece of the watercolor painting. The tapering of the walls of this famous skyscraper lends itself to the formation of the cluster of building that form the apex with the antennae.
  2. Elevation: The elevation of the watercolor is right on Lake Shore Drive. I have omitted any waterfront so as to focus on the structures. A thin strand of trees form a buffer between the shoreline and the buildings.
  3. Delineation: I have used a more careful line work for this watercolor. The lines on the John Hancock Center are clean and clear not loose and free. The lines on the lower building are looser.
Watercolor of the Chicago skyline with the John Hancock Center.
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting At Sunset ~ 788

Watercolors and prints of Chicago skyline overlooking Burnham Harbor at sunset

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at sunset. Key elements to this work of art are as follows:

  • Burnham Harbor
  • Color
  • Delineation
  1. Burnham Harbor: The front door of Chicago is the view of the city looking west over Burnham Harbor, named after the great Chicago architect, Daniel Burnham. The view from Burnham Harbor is a natural frame for the city because it encloses the downtown area or “Loop” on the left side from Adler Planetarium and on the right from east Randolph Street.
  2. Color: The colors of the painting are set against the sunset. Yellow and green are the dominant tones and the bright crimson ads the necessary accent to the cityscape.
  3. Delineation: The delineation of the city is done in an expressive manner, meaning that the line work is done in such a way the each single line conveys the contour of the building with much detail. Can is point is the Aon Center on the right side of the watercolor. There are very few lines used to draw this building, and yet the few lines that there are most excellently give us the precise understanding of what building we are looking at. The same holds true for the rest of the cityscape.
Watercolor of Chicago skyline at Burnham Harbor
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Sunset Painting Of East Randolph Street ~ 781

Watercolors and prints of Chicago skyline at sunset

This article is about my watercolor sunset painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at sunset on east Randolph Street. Key elements to this work of art are as follows:

  • Sunset
  • Delineation
  • Lake Michigan
  1. Sunset: The sunset is the backdrop to on-stage drama of the tower skyscrapers on east Randolph Street. A muted yellow, brown, and red are combined to give off a soft glowing sunset.
  2. Delineation: The line work on this watercolor is here to give address to the famous buildings along this drive. There is no use of hatches or cross hatching, just simple horizontal and vertical lines put together to yield to us a great form.
  3. Lake Michigan: The view is from Burnham Harbor with is on Lake Michigan. We are looking north at the edge of the harbor. There is very little water to be seen in this watercolor but the little that there is strongly supports the domineering skyscrapers just above.
Watercolor of Chicago skyline at sunset
Original & Prints ~ On Sale Here!

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting Of East Randolph Street ~ 780

Watercolors and prints of Chicago skyline

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at east Randolph Street. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:

  • Delineation
  • Skyscrapers
  • Lake Michigan
  1. Delineation: The lines in this watercolor are done with pen & ink and are the most essential element of the watercolor, for it is the line that gives form to the structures and not the watercolor, which merely renders the tone.
  2. Skyscrapers: The skyscrapers are composed of ink lines rather than pencil or paint, it should be noted that the watercolor is first drafted out in pencil in the most loose terms.
  3. Lake Michigan: The image of Lake Michigan is at the lowest level, however, this is the level that support the scene and give us the horizon line.
Watercolor of Chicago skyline
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting At Sunset ~ 775

Watercolor painting of Chicago skyline at sunset

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at sunset. Key elements to this work of art are as follows:

  • Color
  • Contour
  • Light
  1. Color: The colors are a simple contrasting of yellows and blues. It was my intention to make a silhouette of this work and the wonderful display of angles given to us by the cityscape lent itself to this vision. In the right center can be seen the image of the broad shouldered Willis Tower.
  2. Contour: The contour of the watercolor is down with paint not line. No delineation of any kind is done in this pure watercolor. There are traces of the original pencil sketch that commenced the piece but this is more fundament and basic is level than the finished contour of the cityscape.
  3. Light: The light is a wonderful array of yellows in the evening sky and reflected in the water below. It is the sunset that really makes the piece and not the buildings, whose task is to pay homage to the sun!
Sunset watercolor of Chicago
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting At Sunset ~ 712

Watercolors and prints of Chicago skyline at sunset

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline at sunset. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Michigan
  • Color
  1. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center without doubt dominates the skyline as it should! This historic structure stands as the culmination of the surrounding skyscrapers of Streeterville in Chicago’s near north side. This watercolor is a perfect blending of both pen & ink drawing and watercolor painting. One form of art compliments the other.
  2. Lake Michigan: Lake Michigan plays a vital role in this sunset drama offering a wonderful reflection that cast the images of the city skyline with the glorious colors of the setting sun.
  3. Color: The colors in this work of art are as important as the pen & ink line work. The glorious yellow and maroons are cast into the night sky as their colors fade way in the deep blue tones of the sky. The clouds with their gaseous structure give a wonderful full body structure to the tones making for a full and rich sunset cityscape.
Watercolor of Chicago skyline at sunse
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting At Lincoln Park ~ 709

Watercolors and prints of Lincoln Park in Chicago

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline from Lincoln Park. Key elements of this work of art are as follows:

  • John Hancock Center
  • Landscape
  • Water
  1. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center is at the apex of the cluster of building that make up the skyline of the near north side or Streeterville. Adjacent the John Hancock Center is the Four Seasons Hotel and other office buildings and hotels. The structure is shown without it’s famous “x’s” which are part of the exoskeleton, rather, I have used loose watercolor to give us the form of this great structure.
  2. Landscape: The landscape here nicely complements the skyline above it. The dark greens of the trees and bushes work well with the sky above and the water below. In contrast to the lighter tones of the color of the skyscrapers, the greenery is darker and strong in tone, this is done so as to support the building which rise above it.
  3. Water: The water in the pond is moving in this scene, thus not permitting a reflection of the trees and skyline above. The tone of the sky is matched in the water below.
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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.

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Chicago Skyline Watercolor Painting ~ 707

Chicago skyline watercolors and prints

This article is about my watercolor painting of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline from Burnham Harbor. Key elements to the work of art are as follows:

  • Lake Michigan
  • Delineation
  • Light
  1. Lake Michigan: The skyline clearly rests upon the shoulders of Lake Michigan. This famous view of the Chicago Skyline is taken from a western view of the city overlooking Burnham Harbor. The clam surface of the lake lets the images of the building reflect clearly upon the water.
  2. Delineation: The delineation of the skyline is pen & ink, this can be seen both in the upper portion of the watercolor as well as in the reflection of the skyline in the water. The line weight is crucial in that if it is too thin the detail becomes complicated and the drawing too tedious. If the line weight is too thick then you are lost in a blur.
  3. Light: The light of the day is early afternoon and thus all of the shadows are gone. To get high contrasting lighting effects with shadows you need the sun in a position off of the horizon line. In this case the sun is directly above leaving no shadows anywhere.
Chicago skyline watercolor
Original & Prints ~ On Sale Here!

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

(312) 303-0207

stephen@condrengalleries.com

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ B.F.A.

Northern Illinois University ~ M.S.A. & M.S.Ed.

Veteran: United States Navy

All artwork is original and created by the artist, with no photographic or computer generated imagery. All rights reserved United States Copyright.