I wasn’t expecting to have any time in Venice this year as Mike Botton and I had intended to spend two weeks planning the third Palladian Odyssey tour in a different part of Italy. Doing a virtual version of our “PO reccy trip” (reconnaissance trip) would have been too much work, so I decided to spend my time revisiting Venice for a week, and then have 5 days in Florence.
Have I mentioned before how much time it takes to prepare for a virtual travel sketching session? If I’ve been somewhere before, it’s a lot easier as I simply have to dig through all my past trip photos to create a collection of images to sketch from. But if it’s a new place, I have to spend time roaming google earth/street view so that I get a feel of the place and then I hunt some views which are not too distorted or blocked by a bus/truck which I can sketch from. This process takes hours – sketching from photos is hard work! Revisiting Venice was fairly easy as I have lots of photos from previous trips and it was fun to spend a few days there without the crowds!
As mentioned previously I devoted the week to a concentrated effort for the 30×30 direct watercolour challenge. It was really good to ‘hit it hard’ as it gave me a chance to develop and test some new techniques. See this article for more about that.
I’m going to re-share some of the images here and also show you how these sketches fit within my page layouts. Creating interesting spreads and a narrative that connects my sketches is probably the best part of this mega 11 week project.
A few highlights
This page contains a few other ink sketches. Note: One of the big differences between my virtual trip sketchbooks and my real travel sketchbooks is the fact that I’m doing hardly any quick ink sketches. I miss that a little as I really like the variety and the areas of white space that ink sketches add to a sketchbook spread.
There are of course many canal views in Venice which I would have liked to have sketched but:
1. I’m in an architectural mood and a little more focused on the architectural history of Venice at the moment (I’ve studied it a lot in the past)
2. I didn’t have many reference photos of general canal view to sketch from.
So the virtual nature of this visit certainly impacted the views I was able to sketch.
Here are the pages in full. Enjoy!
Wow! that was a big week!
Next stop Florence.