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Downtown Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #741A

Downtown Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing by Condren.

Prints of this drawing can be purchased at: https://condrengalleries.com/product/downtown-chicago-skyline-pen-ink-741/

Downtown Chicago skyline pen & ink is a close-up view of a dense area of corporate architecture. The northwest corner of the famous “Chicago Loop” has a sharp 90 degree curve.

Key elements:

Focus has been on the shade and shadows created by the structures rather than the architectural detailing. The line work is fresh and loose permitting the viewer to focus on the drawing. putting emphasize on tight delineation will defeat the purpose of the drawing.

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Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink 869 ~ 6/24/2018D

Chicago skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018D

Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink 6/24/2018D

Chicago skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018D by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC.

Skyline Delineation

This skyline, which is one of my favorites is a view of Chicago looking south from Belmont Harbor. The center of attention is the world famous John Hancock Center.

Hatching & Cross-hatching

The use of hatching is worked in line with the water and the buildings. There are no deep shades and shadows in this rendering as the most of the structures are outlined.

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Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks ~ 6/19/2018D

Chicago skyline pen & inks

Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing of east Randolph high rises.
Red pen & ink drawing of downtown Chicago by artist Stephen F. Condren.

Chicago skyline pen & inks

The Chicago skyline pen & inks are an excellent way to remember this great city. No other medium better expresses the landscape of a city than pen & inks. The elements of a skyline are architectural and thus lend themselves to delineation. The clean clear lines show all the intricate details of the buildings. The get the proper tones of shade and shadow hatching and cross-hatching is employed. Pen & ink skyline drawing by artist Stephen F. Condren.

Hatching and Cross-Hatching For Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks

Since pen & inks do not make use of water to cast shadows the use of hatching is employed to provide this affect. Hatching is the process of carefully moving the pen & ink lines closely together all parallel to each other. This “screen” or “grid” is the matrix of the shade and shadowing process. The darker that you want the background to be the closer you make the lines. When you want to make things very dark such as in a sunset or night scene you make use of cross-hatching. This is where you drawing the pen & ink lines perpendicular to each other. This makes a screen like affect on the drawing and is very effective.

Architecture for Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks

The subject of skylines is architecture and the line is the backbone of this great topic. The pen & inks better than any other medium bring out the boldness of the cities great architecture. Pencils are excellent but they lack the boldness. Watercolors and oils are good as well but fall short when it come to delineation. It is the power and strength of the pen & inks that set the stage for outstanding architectural renderings and illustrations. When you have sections of a scene that require a lot of fine detail the pen & inks come to the rescue. With razor like accuracy the pen & inks zoom in on the details that you are seeking and produce them with clarity.

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Chicago skyline art

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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing Of Near North Side ~ 869 ~ 6/12/2018G

Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing on Lake Shore Drive with John Hancock Center.
Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing on Lake Shore Drive with John Hancock Center.
Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing along Lake Shore Drive with the John Hancock Center by artist Stephen F. Condren.

Pen & inks of city skylines by artist Stephen F. Condren

Pen & ink skyline art of city skylines by artist Stephen F. Condren. This article is about my brown pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline looking southward from Lincoln Park, along Lake Michigan.

Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing #869. Key elements to the fine drawing are as follows:

  • Brown Pen & Ink.
  • Lake Michigan.
  • John Hancock Center.
  1. Brown Pen & Ink: This drawing is done in brown pen & ink so as to compliment the soft tones of the drawing. Everything about this drawing flows gracefully and elegantly. The John Hancock Center, which is the centerpiece of the drawing stands aloft in triumph over the scenic cityscape. On the far left is Lake Point Tower, drawn with just the right line work and weight to give full account of that great residential building.
  2. Lake Michigan: The presence of Lake Michigan is all pervasive in the coast drawing as she quietly dominates the lower portion of the drawing from side to side. It is along here that Lake Shore Drive nestles among the trees as it moves traffic along the lakefront.
  3. John Hancock Center: The undisputed grand monarch of Streeterville, and among the greatest skyscrapers of history stands the John Hancock Center. The line work that portrays this great structure is exact and elegant at the same time, perfectly expressing with a few strokes this mighty structure. I have gently worked every detail of this building so as to bring out it excellent proportions, and in so doing leaving the giant exoskeleton out of the drawing.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks Link

Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Of The Near North Side ~ 6/10/2018F

Skyline art cityscapes of Chicago in pen & ink

Skyline art cityscapes of Chicago

Skyline art cityscapes. Cityscapes Of The Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing by Stephen F. Condren. The city of broad shoulders rests on the shores or Lake Michigan at the center of the United States.

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing Of Near North Side ~ 869

Chicago skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018D

Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing #869. This article is about my brown pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline looking southward from Lincoln Park, along Lake Michigan.

Chicago Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing #869. Key elements to the fine drawing are as follows:

  • Brown Pen & Ink.
  • Lake Michigan.
  • John Hancock Center.
  1. Brown Pen & Ink: This drawing is done in brown pen & ink so as to compliment the soft tones of the drawing. Everything about this drawing flows gracefully and elegantly. The John Hancock Center, which is the centerpiece of the drawing stands aloft in triumph over the scenic cityscape. On the far left is Lake Point Tower, drawn with just the right line work and weight to give full account of that great residential building.
  2. Lake Michigan: The presence of Lake Michigan is all pervasive in the coast drawing as she quietly dominates the lower portion of the drawing from side to side. It is along here that Lake Shore Drive nestles among the trees as it moves traffic along the lakefront.
  3. John Hancock Center: The undisputed grand monarch of Streeterville, and among the greatest skyscrapers of history stands the John Hancock Center. The line work that portrays this great structure is exact and elegant at the same time, perfectly expressing with a few strokes this mighty structure. I have gently worked every detail of this building so as to bring out it excellent proportions, and in so doing leaving the giant exoskeleton out of the drawing.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks Link

Chicago skyline pen & inks, Chicago skyline brown pen & ink,

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Red Bamboo & Ink Drawing #855

Chicago skyline bamboo & red ink drawing of near north side.

John Hancock Center Chicago

This article is about my bamboo & red ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline of Streeterville and the John Hancock Center. Key points of this drawing are as follows:

  • Bamboo & Red Ink.
  • John Hancock Center.
  • Elevation.
  1. Bamboo & Red Ink: This delightful drawing is drawn from a large bamboo drawing stick that I have in my studio. With the thick surface of the bamboo it makes a wonderful stylus to make firm thick contour lines and you can clearly see here. I have made the contour of the buildings a flowing wave that characterized the structures and the bamboo pen has made this possible.
  2. John Hancock Center: The deepest red in the entire drawing is the apex of the John Hancock Center, a sort of “cherry on the cake” for the completion of the drawing which also ends this small series that I have done of Streeterville and the John Hancock Center.
  3. Elevation: The elevation is right at sea leave to maximize the height of the John Hancock Center.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks Link

Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Chicago Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing #854

Chicago skyline pen & ink drawing of John Hancock Center.

John Hancock Center Chicago

Chicago Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing #854. This article is about my red pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline in Streeterville with the John Hancock Center.

Chicago Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing #854. Key points to this drawing are as follows:

  • Red Pen & Ink.
  • John Hancock Center.
  • Negative Space.
  1. Red Pen & Ink: This drawing is done in red in so as to compliment the small series that I have done here.
  2. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center has been the focus of my small series here on red pen & inks of Streeterville. This famous building makes a wonderful centerpiece for all the buildings that cluster around it.
  3. Negative Space: The use of fine red lines as an outlines give full body to the skyscrapers that make up Streeterville. I have drawn these in such a manner as to give heft and strength to the images. The use of negative space has been maximized to the extreme without any sacrifice to the robust buildings that make up this great city.

 

Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks Link

Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

 

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Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #852

Chicago skyline red pen & ink drawing of near north side.

John Hancock Center Chicago

Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #852. This article is about my red pen & ink drawing of the Chicago, Illinois, skyline of Streeterville and the John Hancock Center.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing #852. Key elements to the drawing are as follows.

  • Red Pen & Ink.
  • John Hancock Center.
  • Streeterville.
  1. Red Pen & Ink: This drawing is done in red pen & ink as a change from the standard black ink. I have used this color red to compliment the same red that I have used in the small series of drawings.
  2. John Hancock Center: The John Hancock Center has been the focus of my attention on this drawing and the other that compliment it in this small series. I like how this section of Chicago, called Streeterville, has all of it’s skysrapers gather around the John Hancock Center which is at the very center and makes a great point of culmination.
  3. Streeterville: This area of Chicago is called Streeterville and to most Chicagoans it is the near north side. This area is Chicago’s response to a “midtown” Chicago, but on the north side.

Chicago Skyline Pen & Inks Link

Chicago skyline pen & inks

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA