Periodically I go through old drawings. Even failed drawings may be of use at some point, so I save them. This one started out just as an experiment with marks on the paper but nothing really solid. I revisited it and decided the atmospheric look would be perfect for pulling in a reference image I took while in Hollywood a couple of years ago.
The Hollywood Center Motel has had a very colorful past, so I found out when researching this mid-century icon. You just have to look it up and read about it to believe just how "colorful" its past was. At the time I shot images, it was looking like it was having some construction done.
I thought the story would lend itself to this drawing so I continued with making it look mysterious.
This work was done in Charcoal and Conté on Rives print maker paper.