With the 10-week Group Run-through of my Buildings course starting today (so excited about this!) I’ve decided to start sketching my way through Palladio’s more public and urban buildings. A few months ago I sketched all of his villas (see here) but now I’m going to be exploring his palaces, churches and other buildings. The list I have from the Palladian Museum includes approximately 50 works so this will keep me going for a while! What I’m really looking forward to is sketching some buildings that I’ve walked past many times in Vicenza but never had a chance to sketch.
I’ve been sketching trees so much (and doing lots of scribbly lines) that I feel a little rusty doing precise drawings. So this first one was definitely a warmup.
The earliest work attributed to Palladio is this portal to Santa Maria dei Servi in Vicenza and the amazing thing is that I never knew this was Palladio.
Next up – the first of Palladio’s palaces: Palazzo Civena. I haven’t walked past this building in any of my visits to Vicenza, so it was fun to do some research and get to know it better.
It’s a little heavier than I would normally use but the shape feels good in my hand while I’m sketching. The nib is super smooth and although not a flex nib, I’m getting good variation from it. And I love its design – it’s such a gorgeous pen! This is the only pen I have at the moment loaded with black ink so that is another reason why I used it for these sketches. I just felt like doing them in black!
And yes, it’s not too late to join the Group Run-through for Buildings. I won’t be offering this again until 2023 – more details here.