Open Studios with Jesse Smith

Art by Jesse Smith

Art by Jesse Smith

Smith is a scientist with an artful eye. Smith creates pen-and-ink architectural rendered drawings of historical buildings and landmarks.

The artist invites guests to watch him at work, and welcomes inquisitive minds. 

Smith has been drawing for as long as he can remember, but only started creating his architectural drawings in the past few years. There’s something very romantic about Smith’s style of recreating the old architecture of these buildings.

“It’s really hard to describe it,” Smith said in regards to why he loves creating in this method. “The artists that I follow, they can give an impression of a building with minimal amount of lines. It’s almost like they’re not trying to force the artwork and they have this ability to use this very Spartan approach to the drawing, but it gives just the right suggestion to what you’re looking at. With buildings I think it’s particularly interesting and I try to do that kind of style where I’m not putting down a lot of ink on paper.”

When/where: 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway

Event is free and open to the public.