Downtown Seattle High-Rises in Three Formats

In most cases, my artwork starts out as a photograph that I then play with digitally to see if I like the same subject in completely different formats. An example of this are the three different presentations of two captures of high-rise office buildings in downtown Seattle. It started with the original captures below:

Seattle High-Rise 1

Seattle High-Rise 2

The first aspect that I used was to turn these captures into black and white photographs as shown below:

Heads Up
The Tall Three

Then also like a very subtle

For the next two presentations, I used a detail drawing technique and a subtle watercolor to highlight the details and color of the buildings. To highlight the details of the buildings, I used an abstract approach to the sky resulting in keeping that aspect simple.

Up The Building

Halo Effect

For the next two presentations, I went in a completely different direction. For these two presentations I used a more abstract drawing technique to create the buildings and then filled it with bursts of watercolor on and surrounding the structures. This approach creates a completely different visual for high-rise office buildings.

The Soaring Building

Sketched Towers


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22 thoughts on “Downtown Seattle High-Rises in Three Formats

  1. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    (Gives a sharp shake of the head) What is wrong with me that I kept expecting to see somebody falling from the top? I guess that’s how vivid the composition is, Kirt. You already created a story from the very first glimpse.
    I like all of these in color. I didn’t expect to like the more “abstract” ones, but I DO. They’re awesome too. I think I like the last one best of all. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Your kind words are truly appreciated!! I never know where an attempt is going to take me with most of my pictures!! Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback! Have a great week!

  2. Dan Antion

    I love the abstract version, Kirt. They are all nice, but that version fits with my memory of Seattle. Although, I think there were only 4 high rise buildings when I moved there in 1978. Each time I’ve been back, I’m shocked at the growth.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      And it is still growing. It has been a number of cranes building high rises solid for the last 10 years. I’m blown away how much downtown growth has occurred and continues to occur since we’ve been coming up here 14 years ago.


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