Last week during a livestream for my Foundations course I showed photos of two doors – one Dutch (in Amsterdam) and one Italian (in Lucca). I then asked the group which one would they prefer to draw and/or which one did they think would be easier to draw. There was not necessarily a right answer (it’s a personal choice) and the response was fairly 50/50.
My preference was clearly for the Italian door as the overall shapes were simpler. I then did a quick demo showing how I would approach drawing the two doors. We also discussed how to do brick texture – how much to draw in ink and how much to do in paint.
Yesterday I decided to have a go at doing a ‘proper’ sketch of both and I intended to draw ‘every brick’ for the Dutch door. I started out counting brick courses – something which I often did as an architect but as a sketcher this is extremely rare! As a result my sketch grew, I lost sight of the overall shapes and the symmetry got totally out of whack. So I decided that I didn’t want to continue with it. It was rather late at night and I have less patience for details the more tired I get. I switched to the door from Lucca and ah! it was much easier (and enjoyable).
This morning I decided to have another go at the Dutch door. I couldn’t bring myself to draw every brick but I ended up drawing most of the brick courses. In fact, as a general rule, I much prefer to vary the amount of detail which you can see here.
It was really fun to sketch some architectural details and also play with the layout of the page. The design of my sketchbook pages is such a huge part of my work and I’m putting more effort than usual into my pages at the moment as I continue to prep and film the lessons for my upcoming course – Sketchbook Design. This page includes a number of open compositions which we will look at in Lesson 3 of the course. I will start to share some free intro lessons next week, so if you are interested in that please sign up for updates here.
Finally, if you have signed up for Foundations at any time you have access to the replay of this livestream (and other ones too!). Just go to the classroom and check the latest section of the course. I will be doing two more livestreams in December – details for those are also included in the classroom (on the course home page).
So which door would you prefer to sketch, and why?
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