Chicago Downtown Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing At Night #746A


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Chicago Downtown Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing At Night #746A

This Chicago skyline #746A pen & ink drawing at night is by skyline artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC. The pen & ink scene of the Chicago skyline is done at night. The view is taken from the southeast near the Adler Planetarium. In the center of the drawing you can clearly see Burnham Harbor named after the famed Chicago architect Daniel Hudson Burnham.

Key features:

  • Night Light
  • Delineation
  • Line

Clearly the focus of the drawing is on the night. I have drawn the sky with cross-hatched ink lines in a manner that filters in light. My intent was for the sky to be luminous and yet hold a place for the evening pitch.

I have the middle of the drawing done in middle tones as the center of the work of art. The bottom of the drawing, where Lake Michigan is the anchor, gives support to the rendering with it’s very dark tones done with intense cross-hatching.

The architectural detailing of the buildings is a joy to behold. You can easily see the more famous skyscrapers jutting out from the skyline. However, I really take pleasure in accurately detailing the smaller less known buildings. When I did the detailing of the central core of the drawing I made sure not to sacrifice quality of design for monotonous detailing. Nothing is easier than mindlessly coping details of images that are clearly there. What is not easy is to grasp the concept of the image at hand and put it down in terms of pen & ink so that it makes sense to the viewer.


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