For those of you who don’t know…
Borromini Bear(BB) was my travelling companion back when I first started sketching. I often travelled alone and rarely took pictures of myself, so taking a photo with BB was a way of saying that I was there too. (eg. Paris and Rome!)
When I first started posting my work online in 2008 I was reluctant to reveal my true identity so for a number of months I hid behind his. That soon changed (thanks to Urban Sketchers) but BB had already made some friends so he accompanied me on many trips. He got his photo taken with lots of Urban Sketchers and was sketched a lot too by many of the big USK names! This is a collage of photos from a dedicated Flickr album.
Just for the record he is not a ‘teddy’ bear – he is a cool dude and a sophisticated bear interested in architecture (especially Italian Baroque) and likes having his photo taken with grand buildings and famous people (sometimes with special access!) You can explore more articles about him here
As I mentioned earlier, he has been retired for a number of years but he still does make an occasional appearance – such as this photo when we were in Rome last in April 2019. Inside San Carlo by Borromini (the famous architect!)
So it was fun to get him out for some sketching this morning.
In fact, I realised that he was a great subject with which to summarise the first six lessons of Foundations. This old sketch of him shows his dimensions however depending on BB’s particular pose his head might appear larger than his body.
And while I’m sharing stuff from this morning’s livestream…
BB sends his greetings to all his old friends and was happy to come out of hibernation today!