There is a lot of residential development happening in Sydney at the moment, so last week I headed to Rhodes, an area that is now full of multi-storey apartment buildings. I wanted to challenge myself to sketch a type of building that I don’t like very much which requires a slow patience approach. I am rarely in the mood for that!
I was especially tired after the craziness surrounding the start of my SketchingNow Buildings course, so the first stop was a cafe. Left of Field is a new cafe that is getting rave reviews. Their signature dish is hotcakes with Earl Grey custard. I just had to try it, didn’t I? It was very nice but the quantity was too much for me. Next time I will go with a friend so we can share.
Then it was time to explore this ‘new’ part of Sydney. Wow!
There is even a brand new bridge across Homebush Bay. It’s only for buses and pedestrians.
A warmup sketch of the whole view…
And then a sketch of the tallest building, using a ‘constructing volumes’ approach which is what we will be looking at this week in Lesson 2.
A splashy cross-hatched sketch of one part of another building.
And then two attempts to draw a very clever design. Oh! sometimes modern buildings are just too hard to draw quickly when you are tired.
My final sketch was shaped based – people doing Buildings will see my first step of this.
It was a fun morning, but my computer was calling me. So time to head home and get back to video editing (Lesson 2 has a demo filmed on location in Venice!)
I am still developing a fast approach to sketching tall repetitive buildings, but this outing was definitely a step in the right direction.
So do you like sketching multi-storey modern buildings like these?
It’s not too late to join SketchingNow Buildings but I will be closing the doors on Wednesday 21 September and will not be offering this content again for at least six months.
Hi Liz I’m doing the Buildings course, but still I’m struggling to comprehend how you did the last sketch as “shape” based. I get it with your demonstration in Lesson 1 where you use watercolour washes to do Matisse-like cut-outs of the shape of the sky or the building itself – but I’m lost on this one. Can you expand a little on how you approached this sketch a wee bit more for the slow ones amongst us. Thanks.
Hi Peter, did you see the first step photo in the classroom? It was an inset. Ask this question in the classroom and I will give you more details there for everyone!
Sorry Liz… I asked the question having looked at your blog, and before I’d looked at the lesson. Having said that, and having checked out the lesson, I confess I still struggle to get my mind around using shapes for that kind of image.
I guess I’m in a going backwards before I go forwards stage, and despite having posted my stuff regularly to Instagram, I admit I’m going through a phase of lost confidence.
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