Whether you are a tourist or a tried and true local, a day in San Francisco’s Chinatown is always an adventure. No matter how many times I’ve explored this neighborhood, I’m always surprised at how many more details I can see. We spent half a day wandering Chinatown, not nearly enough time but still was able to capture some classic scenes of the area. One might find themselves in Chinatown from any number of streets, but the grand entrance is on Grant Avenue at Bush. As soon as you pass the Dragon’s Gate, you see how different the neighborhood feels, from the ornate street lamps, to the festive red lanterns…
I absolutely love lanterns. Whether zig zagging across a street in San Francisco’s famed Chinatown, or softly illuminating the front doorway to homes in Gion, Kyoto, lanterns are simply festive! Here is a simple tutorial on how to draw a lantern. Below is a time lapse video to watch the process of drawing a lantern. Be sure to tag your drawing with #everydaycreativeadventures so I can see your festive lantern!