Black and White Sketching: New Orleans Architecture

There are two visual aspects in what I am posting this week. The first aspect being black and white presentations and the second aspect being architectural elements. Black and white, whether it be a photograph or a sketching changes the visual experience of a subject matter. Black and white allows more detail to surface as the visual experience isn’t bombarded with a multitude of colors, while keeping an overall subtle look.

I have always thought the architectural elements in New Orleans were appealing in their uniqueness and I think the black and white sketching technique highlights a lot of the detail that makes the area interesting (as a disclosure I created these drawings in 2010, so anything that has changed at any of these locations since then is not represented).

The first and second art prints are of the St Charles Line street car. The first print is a street scene of the street car line and the second print pulls in on a stop after a passenger gets off. The first one gives you a very detailed look of the tracks the street car runs on while the second one gives you more detail of the street car itself including remaining passengers.

St Charles Line

The third print is a balcony restaurant looking out over the French Quarters. You not only see the detail of the restaurant seating, but the buildings in the French Quarter.

French Quarter Balcony

The last one looks across the street in the French Quarters at another balcony restaurant. This print captures the detail of the customers and the street aspect.

Balcony Restaurant


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29 thoughts on “Black and White Sketching: New Orleans Architecture

  1. Writing to Freedom

    Black and white does change the look and feel of an image, and I can see how some detail is brought out. I appreciate how much a student/teacher of art and technique you are Kirt.

  2. Darlene

    I love colour, as you know, but black and white street scenes have always fascinated me as well. The last one of the balcony restaurant is particularly intriguing with many details.

  3. Sue Slaght

    You have definitely taught me over the years to appreciate black and white. I can definitely see how it brings out the details. wishing you a great weekend Kirt.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Sue….had to laugh…every time I do a black and white post, I think of you!! Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback! Have a great weekend!!

      1. Sue Slaght

        Oh dear I have made quite an impression! Well the good news is you won me over to seeing the beauty of it. You have a great weekend too.

  4. Diane Henders

    Those are gorgeous! The last three seem as though they could have come from anytime in past century… except for the modern van visible behind the streetcar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. denisebushphoto

    A nice selection of images to convert to this B&W sketch technique! New Orleans is a great place for street and architecture photography, and there is a lot to see in each of these. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. lorriebowden

    Great prints, Kirt. I love the architecture and the black and white shots really show them off.
    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that the family is all well!

  7. Americaoncoffee

    I super love the story each painting tells. Nothing beats the artistry and intricate details of black and white paintings and photography!โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ


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