There is a lot going on here in this little sketch. I was on the Pasadena Freeway heading south toward downtown near West College Street. Traffic was slow. You can see the top of the car in front of me, the structure of a freeway sign, an office building behind some thick green trees, small bungalows climbing up the hill and the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown rising up behind. It is a mixture of elements creating a colorful jumble of old and new, and something you would never notice if you weren’t looking for it.
Notice how the sketch is different from the reference photo: the buildings are larger and are the dominant feature, the foreground is downplayed and the colors enhanced. I used a Sanford Uniball pen to make the drawing before painting it with watercolor and adding white paint for some accents.