Friday, April 16, 2010

Dark Horse Espresso Bar


Another indie cafe, the Dark Horse Espresso Bar, located a bit further east from my neighbourhood in the Arts and Design district. I decided to do this drawing while I was waiting to pick up my free copies of Spacing Magazine.

Quite the set of characters.

8 comments:

Felicity said...

You know, your paintings would make a fantastic book about cafes and bars in Toronto! (A real 'coffee table' book!)

Wilfred said...

HI Felicity,
thanks for dropping by.
I actually was thinking about making a small book of all the cafes I've done. I guess great minds think alike ;)

Carolina said...

Felicity is right, that's a pretty good idea...
This cafe sketch is so full of detail (love the brick wall), in contrast with the 'lit', which seems more 'tranquil'...
I was reading your "about me" on the side bar section and I just can't agree more about the memory you get from drawing a place... yes, it stays ...
Warm regards,
Carolina

r garriott said...

Great illustrations! You really have a way with pen and watercolor. I like that you were true to the reverse lettering in the window (must be the former signpainter in me). Very, very nice! Glad to have found you.

Linisha said...

Again.. a very good painting here. Very lovely, the way you have captured the various details - the letters outside the cafe, the lady behind the blenders..the car opposite the street..I absolutely love it!! Is that pencil and watercolors? Can I ask you what paper do you use?

Wilfred said...

Carolina-- thanks so much for your continued comments. Always appreciate them.

R Garriot--thanks for dropping by! Yo have some beautiful images up on your blog.

Linisha-- thanks. I typically use a micron pen and watercolour, however, for the Darkhorse pic, the customers were penciled in first because they were moving so fast and I wanted to get an accurate portrayal of them. The paper is from the Canson watercolour sketch pad, 9x12 in, 140lbs, cold press.
Hope that helps.

Gary Keimig said...

Very nice paintings Wilford. Interesting on the bar of the last post. Great story.

raena said...

Love the idea of the coffee table book! These cafe sketches are so wonderful...all in one place...fantastic.

Thanks for the info on the sketchbook. I've been struggling with my smallish ones lately. I feel cramped and unable to draw with a free hand! I'm thinking I need to try the larger 9X12 Canson!