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Paris Sketch Journal

A collection of my illustrations and sketches from Paris, France.

February 4, 2014 | Paris, France
Luxembourg Palace
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Palace, home of the French Senate. I used black Micron pens and Copic sketch markers.

January 7, 2014 | Paris, France
Institut de France
Venice Chronicles

The Institut de France houses five French Academies. One of them, the Académie Française, is charged with the task of protecting the integrity of the French language. Its forty members, known as The Immortals, attempt to keep the French language free from the pollution of foreign words. To, maintain the qualities of the language that makes it "pure, eloquent, and capable of dealing with art and science."

The Institut de France building was built in 1670 and was originally named Collège des Quatre-Nations; a college for students from territories that had just become a part of France.

September 22, 2013 | Paris, France
Hôtel de Ville
Venice Chronicles
Paris' City Hall, sketched with sepia micron pen and warm Copic sketch markers. I used warm tone grays on the building.

September 22, 2013 | Paris, France
Talking Cheese
Venice Chronicles
Two Parisians talk about cheese outside the Barthélemy Cheese Shop. Sketched with watercolors and sepia micron pen.

September 16, 2013 | Paris, France
Pont Louis-Philippe
Seine River in Paris
The Pont Louis-Philippe crosses the Seine River, connecting Île Saint-Louis with the Right Bank. Sketched with a black Micron 03 pen and copic markers.

August 14, 2013 | Paris, France
Boulevard Saint-Germain
Venice Chronicles
The Le Boul'mich Cafe in the Odéon Theatre District, drawn with 03 and 005 Micron Pigma liner pens.

August 12, 2013 | Paris, France
Citroën 2CV
French Green Car

The ubiquitous Citroën 2CV is a lovely classic car seen everywhere in Paris.

August 1, 2013 | Paris, France
Rue Mouffetard
Rue Mouffetard Sketch
Drawing of the narrow pedestrian street, Rue Mouffetard, near the Square Saint-Médard.

August 1, 2013 | Paris, France
The Seine
River and Industrial Area in Paris
The Seine in the Southern outskirts of Paris. As you leave the center of the city, more modern buildings mix in with the older brick and stone apartments.

July 24, 2013 | Paris, France
Rue du Vieux-Colombier
Rue du Vieux Columbiers
Line drawing of a street in Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. I can't help but to try to draw these Paris city streets without the cars, trucks and numerous street signs which take away from the classic lines of the city. Subconsciously, when I walk through Paris, I imagine the city without cars, and with simple beige-colored gravel streets.

July 29, 2013 | Paris, France
Yellow Classic Mini
Classic Mini Car in Paris
Drawing of a classic Mini found in a back alley in Paris.

July 3, 2013 | Paris, France
The Gold Ring Scam, the Louvre Palace
and the Pont Royal Bridge
Venice Chronicles

This view of Paris' third oldest bridge - the Pont Royal Bridge, with the Louvre Palace in the background, is one of my favorite settings in the city. As there are many tourists in this area, we experienced the famous gypsy gold ring scam, in which men, women or children will toss a cheap gold-looking ring in front of you, pick it back up as if it were not them dropping it, and ask if you dropped it. The scam is an ancient one, possibly dating back to Roman times in Europe. And although there are variations of the scam, the goal is often to get you into a conversation about whether the ring might be yours as a precursor to pickpocketing you.

In the first attempt, a pair of women (pictured below) threw a gold ring directly in front of us and came in for the kill. Of course, we're well aware of the scam as should be anybody visiting a large European city.

Gold Ring Scam

But after two thousand years, there are stil enough suckers out there to make the gold ring scam work again and again. I used a micron 03 liner pen and copic sketch markers for this drawing.

July 3, 2013 | Paris, France
Classic Fiat
Classic Fiat in Paris
Classic Fiat Cinquecentos and other diminutive European cars are everpresent on smaller Parisian streets. Jane and I spent several hours just looking for, photographing and sketching old cars in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés arrondissement. This bright red model was my favorite. I used an 03 micron liner pen and watercolors for this drawing.

July 3, 2013 | Paris, France
Primary Colors
Woman on a Moped in Paris
In Paris, everybody seems comfortable with the idea of dressing in big, bright solid colors - more than the architecture and stone, this style seems to carry the look of the city. And its not just women; men have no problem wearing red pants with a blue shirt.

January 01, 2010 | whereabouts
People in Paris
French People
Parisians, sketched in black micron pen ink with color added in photoshop.

July 8, 2013 | Paris, France
Small Car in Paris
Venice Chronicles
This tiny Italian car is a 1960's Autobianchi which was parked on the street near our hotel in St. Germaine for several days.. Thanks to 1MorePhotographer for the help in identifying this gem. I used an 03 Micron liner pen and watercolors for this drawing.

August 5, 2013 | Paris, France
Paris Moleskine Journal
I use a moleskine journal while I travel to collect notes, ideas and sketches of subjects I am interested in. I used blue ink, and two micron pens: blue and black ink while traveling in Paris. Several of my drawings and notes are of birds and cheeses, as I was focused on learning more about each in the region of Île-de-France.

Paris Journal: Linnet, Mistle Thrush and Red-backed Shrike

Paris Journal: Sacre Couer in Blue Ink

Paris Journal: Stock Dove

Paris Moleskine Sketch Journal

Paris Sketchbook, the Seine

Paris Journal

Paris Journal

Paris Journal: Small cars, Ile de la Cite

Paris Journal: man with newspaper, Le Consulat in Montmartre


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