These sketches were all created for the alumni magazine of San Jose State University. And what a fabulous assignment it was: how often does a client hand you a story, tell you to enjoy the process, and walk away?
I spent 3 days wandering the predominantly Portuguese neighborhood of called “Five Wounds” ( after a church by that name) in San Jose, sitting at street corners and on abandoned railway lines, sketching.
I made a couple of sketches of the abandoned railway line that runs through the neighborhood before I made this one for the cover of the magazine. Weeds, peeling paint, sagging electric lines. I love sketching them. They have so much texture. And character.
This decrepit theater had beautiful colored lettering on its side. I looked it up: it was built in 1949 but is now abandoned. A photographer who was walking around the neighborhood came over and chatted with me as I sketched. He wondered why it couldn’t be revived to show foreign films. I thought that was be a great idea. Are you listening, Cinequest, San Jose?