Anyone that regularly follows me knows that I have a few sketching obsessions. Teacups being the main one, but I am also partial to sketching complex buildings in general and Baroque buildings in particular. But my obsessions also extend to sketching one building over and over again. The Sydney Opera House (SOH) is one such building, but so is Flinders Street Station (FSS) in Melbourne.
For me FSS is the SOH of Melbourne.
Normally when I go to Melbourne I manage to sketch FSS numerous times, and typically manage one on the first day! But my recent trip to Melbourne was unusual: I walked past FSS on the first afternoon but didn’t sketch it and then it wasn’t until was Day 6 before I got a chance! I will try to share all my Melbourne sketches soon, but this first post is devoted to FSS.
This recent trip to Melbourne was fairly full-on with very little sketching ‘just for me’ however on the last day I have a little time to hang out with my great sketching buddies Angela Williams and Alissa Duke. As a warmup for our day, we did a 5-minute challenge. Isn’t this a great collection of three different approaches?
This has to be the most lopsided sketch I have done of FSS – look at that archway – but it is really amazing what you can achieve in a short time frame! Oh! it was fun and there are some lovely merged washes where the yellow and grey meet.
If you are interested in seeing some more Flinders St Station sketches check them out here. BTW I am planning to add a few references to old stuff as often as I can – it’s a way of chipping away at the enormous task of tidying up my tags… and yes, it is also a chance to show off my new tag system – which I love a lot!
So… do you get bored sketching the same subject (ie. the exact same thing from the same spot) over and over again. Or are you like me and interested in comparing how each version is different?