Happy New Year Everyone!
I wasn’t necessarily going to do a blogpost today, but somehow I felt the urge to share with you how I spent the first morning of the new year.
To quote from my Instagram:
Trying to keep myself in a holiday mood I pulled out my UK maps to start planning for the big trip THIS year. Now where shall I go? (apart from Manchester for the USK symposium)
I spent an entire year doing research projects on all the buildings I visited (it was a three week visit to England and Scotland) and then summarised them in notated drawings – plans, elevations, axonometrics, sectional perspectives – which I scanned and then added to (old-style) photo albums.
Here are a few pages from those two sketchbooks. They were all created from multiple photographic sources, maps and architectural drawings, and all done using an Artline 0.4 and 0.6 fineliner with pencil setup lines. One of my goals with this project was to improve my drawing and it certainly did!
I might be a shock for some of you to see such neat ‘Liz-sketches’ but I can easily ‘do neat’ when I am sitting at a drawing board.
Over the years I have spend a lot of time reading and learning about Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture and English Architecture, particularly of the same period (Jones, Wren, Gibbs, Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh etc). Back in 2000 was really up on all the different periods of English Gothic as well, but feel a bit rusty now. I particularly love the way the English were inspired by the architecture of Palladio. So it is exciting to get back to this subject!
And just for the record, I have been to the UK 10 times (9 times to Scotland) and have visited many of the buildings on my architectural hit list – most before I was sketching! But these days I am more interested in urban spaces and streetscapes than just iconic buildings. This opens up the range of possibilities even more – oh no! How to decide where to go???