Have you ever been at a restaurant and sketched on the paper table covering or even on a paper napkin? If you have, you are not alone! There are many creative individuals that will sketch on just about any type of paper napkin or paper towel just for the fun of it.
I gave a drawing seminar at a national convention and held an informal “napkin sketching” competition in which each participant was given the same paper napkin and asked to create a drawing of their own choice. Here are some of the amazing results!
Aerial Philadelphia Streetscape View by Brian Smith, AIA
Imagination Sketch of a Cabin by Lori Hunke
Building Facade Detail by Joseph Sacco, AIA
The series of napkin and paper towel sketches shown below are all from a very talented architect friend Jeffrey T. Yentz. I met Jeffrey at a national convention and was not only impressed with his one-point aerial perspective of a city, but by his incredible story about how he sketches at local restaurants.
Jeff is sort of a home town celebrity, well known for his drawing skills and is typically spotted eating at local restaurants drawing on either napkins, paper table cloths or industrial paper towels. “I mostly prefer sketching on paper towels as they a more durable than napkins”, he explained.
The square dimensions of paper napkins are ideal for Jeffrey’s cartoon sketches, one-point perspectives and imagination drawings.
These one-point aerial perspectives were each drawn from imagination. I love Jeffrey’s clear understanding of the urban landscape and how he captures the intensity of a city in pen and ink on an 8”x8” napkin. The lower sketch was most likely created on a lengthy piece of industrial paper towel.
Fun Jeffrey Yentz Cartoons
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