NYC-Waiting at the Allstate Cafe  by James Lewis Hamilton

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761 views by 17 July 2014

I was waiting for Diane to show up and so drew this pen and ink sketch in the meantime. It was located in the upper west-side of Manhattan. It was a dark interior so it was interesting experimenting with how to illustrate the feel and sense of the place.

I’m reloading many of my NYC sketches to get them to an appropriate pixel size and update the format. In this one I added a small insert from a drawing I did at the bar of Cafe de Arts.
All these sketches were originally drawn in my Canson 5″ × 8″ sketchbook.

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  • Richard  Tuvey
    Richard Tuveyover 4 years ago

    I like this James, congratulations.

  • Thanks Richard, I attempt to capture the spirit of a place when I sketch it… maybe that’s easier in a bar… where they serve spirit(s)… haha
    ; – ))))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 4 years ago

    This triggered a memory of that wonderful stale beer aroma that would wif out from under the swinging door. From that forbidden place when I was a little kid in NYC
    Keep em coming Jeff

  • They’re already loaded… waiting for me to push the “for public view” button….. I like your comments… so you comment I load… deal?
    ; – )))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 4 years ago
  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Bwahah!! I can smell this place!!!!
    and hear it…and feel the little bit of beer-stickiness on the bar if I lean on it…BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

  • Maybe one of the advantages with concentrated sketching is that all the smells, motion and everything else, except the sketch, disappears.
    HA… ;-))) thanks, always appreciate you, your being there with a supportive comment!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • andrewpainter
    andrewpainterover 4 years ago

    your sketches are wonderful. I enjoy your portfolio.

  • Thank you so much… as I’m sure you know, we artists in fact just do what we do… most (certainly me) have no real clue whether anyone else will connect with what they’re busy doing…. So thank you for looking/connecting/appreciating/complimenting/commenting…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • aaeiinnn
    aaeiinnnover 4 years ago

    rob is spot on
    i was taken into the place and felt i was sitting with you as you drew

  • oh, was that you gazing over my shoulder… sorry I didn’t say much… concentrating you know… into drawing all the wood grain texture…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

    BLYTHARTover 4 years ago

    You must be quick on the draw to do work like this. I don’t think it is pencil – looks more like ink …. am I correct?

  • pen and ink… I’m quick… and I don’t allow any self criticism of ANY line… know I can’t erase, nor second guess… just accept every line as part of the perfect whole… move on (is my drawing motto !)
    thanks for yer lookin… does your comment mean yer GOOD lookin???

    – James Lewis Hamilton

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