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Golden Gate Bridge sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Last week’s posts all revolved around a central theme—I liked how that idea worked out, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I run with it for awhile. This week? I’ve got bridges on my mind. And what American bridge is more iconic than the fabulous Golden Gate?

I must have drawn this thing from every angle by now—from up on the deck, from the air above, in rain, shine or fog, facing north-south-east-west. Heck, I even made it the star of my San Francisco print (which was inspired by this very day, this very sketch!).

Golden Gate Bridge sketch by Chandler O'Leary

But when I ran through my sketchbooks for today’s post, I kept coming back to the ones drawn from spots perpendicular to the span. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about that profile that just gets me every time.

I have whole sketchbooks devoted solely to San Francisco—maybe I should just go ahead and start one that belongs to the Golden Gate alone. It sure knows how to steal a scene, doesn’t it?

Golden Gate Bridge sketch by Chandler O'Leary

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Comments (1)

  1. jen

    it’s this time of year that i try to head to SF, and i’m so sad i’m not able to go due to school/work obligations. your drawings take me there, virtually, helping me forget the 2 inches of ice that covers our streets, and the 4 foot piles of snow in my yard. i think i hear sea lions…


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