Mexico City Street View
Yesterday, catching up a little on some blogs, I discovered The Virtual Paintout on Wendy’s Quirky Artist blog. The concept is to go to a city on Google Maps Street view, select a scene to paint and paint it. There’s a different city challenge every month, and they accept paintings of that city only for that month. December is Mexico City, and as I’ve been distinctly lacking in the motivation department lately, I thought it would be fun to give it a go.
This exercise is much harder than I thought at first. Just finding a good street view takes time, unless you know the city. As I was joining at the very last minute, I just did a quick sketch without even saving a screen shot. This is not the most picturesque or typical of scenes, but I liked the idea of two people having what looks like an intimate conversation being caught in the act by google’s camera team. Are they boyfriend and girlfriend? illicit lovers? brother and sister? or maybe this is a drug deal? I’m one of those people that loves to eavesdrop on conversations in cafés, and this looks like a whole new way to spy on strangers.
Here’s the sketch, for what it’s worth. I wish now that I had taken a screen shot, so I could do a better one. Maybe next month.