I walked around downtown in Davis yesterday looking for a car to sketch in tribute to Florian Afflerbach – Flaf – who passed away recently, far too young, far too soon. I could have drawn any of the scores of beige Toyotas or silver Hondas parked along the street – it was Florian who taught me to see the beauty in the form of a car, or a modern building – but I saw this red BMW parked along 2nd Street, and immediately I thought of the BMWs Florian, himself from southern Germany, had drawn. I sketched in pencil and watercolour, with Florian in mind. I felt pretty sad though, remembering Florian; in the spread about drawing cars in my book Creative Sketching Workshop, I mentioned Florian as one of my main inspirations. I think it’s hard to sketch cars and not think about him.That’s a feeling that will be shared by many at this year’s Urban Sketching Symposium in Manchester. The participants in this year’s symposium were asked to draw a car as a tribute to Florian, and this one is mine.
I sketched this on Stillman and Birn ‘Alpha’ paper, in pencil and watercolour rather than my usual pen; I think Florian would have been proud of me. Still can’t believe he is gone.
3 thoughts on “a red BMW for Florian”
I am very sorry for the loss of your friend. I think this drawing is superb and I love the fact it’s such a fitting tribute to your friend and one of many cars drawn by many people as a celebration of a creative life.
I used to hate drawing cars, I’d always leave them out. I’m sure a lot of sketchers felt the same – they can be tricky. It will be interesting to see everyone’s car sketches next week, and a nice tribute to someone known as ‘the car sketcher’ (alongside the other two, France Belleville Van Stone aka Wagonized, and Lapin)
What a lovely memorial