Zach's Snacks on Berkeley's Northside, ink & watercolor sketch, 5x7"

Zach’s Snacks on Berkeley’s North Side, ink & watercolor, 5×7″

They say, “Seeing is believing.” I say, “Going through life without drawing is like being nearly blind. Only when I stop to look in order to draw, do I really see!”

Berkeley’s Euclid Avenue ends at the north side of University of California’s Berkeley campus (the greenery on the right, above). This block has everything you’d expect for a street abutting a college: shops with pizza, beer, coffee, burgers, snacks, and oh yeah, books.

There is some great architecture in this neighborhood too, including this apartment building with a snack shop tucked away in a little basement room. I’ve probably walked past here a hundred times and never noticed the interesting features of this building, with porches, pillars, carved wood decorations, fancy brickwork, and cool old lanterns.

Only when I stopped to draw and started really looking did I see what was there all along.

Berkeley, Building, Drawing, Ink and watercolor wash, Life in general, Sketchbook Pages, Urban Sketchers
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Join the conversation! 10 Comments

  1. Wow Jana, such a lovely building with great architecture and style. Love your drawing.


  2. Beautiful picture – it looks so nice and like a neighborhood people like to live in.
    Now I’d really like a drawing of that little candy-shop and all their sweets (a sweet tooth speaking here)😉
    Have a very HAPPY Sunday🙂


  3. What a great sketch of a complicated subject! And I totally believe it, drawing is seeing!


  4. Fabulous sketch. Even though I love to draw and agree entirely with your views about truly seeing things when you really stop to look, I find this philosophy translates equally well to photography. But then as a photographer I am always seeing through the lens as an artist wondering how my shot will look on canvas! A drawing however will always hold a more magical quality of its subject than any photograph in mind🙂


  5. I do love your style – this looks a great place to live!


  6. Beautiful drawing. You are right, you only really see what you stop and draw.


  7. Where is this located? I’ll be sure to visit on my morning run!


    • It’s on Euclid half a block from the north side of the UC Berkeley Campus.

      Sketchblog: Website: UrbanSketchers-BayArea,


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  9. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same
    layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!


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