paul madonna is a local artist who draws these amazing one-frame pieces of places in san francisco, accented by a brief contemplation or observation, called All Over Coffee. this, for example, is the corner of haight and baker, the northern edge of buena vista park. it’s in the paper with the comics, but i really don’t consider it as such. there are never any people. amazing, intricate detailing of san francisco victorians and sidewalks and skylines. perfectly captured light. the essence of san francisco@6:00 a.m. on sunday mornings.
simple yet often with the implication of extreme complication, sort of like my old favorite exploding.dog.
i sent mr. madonna an email inquiring about his process. i wanted to know if he used photos to draw from, or if he did all his work on site, and how long does it take to come up with each final version? he very kindly responded that he does most of the ink work on site, but takes a photo because the layers of ink wash he uses to create the shadows take hours to dry, and he uses the photos to recreate the layers. because of this process, he said it takes about 15 hours to finish each one, each a little masterpiece and slice of time.Filed in art, bay area gems | Tagged with exploding dog | Comment (1)