This blog is devoted to my architectural sketching adventures and musings about the integration of architecture and sketching.
I hope not only to share my own on-location architectural sketches but provide tips and methodologies for sketching and understanding architecture.
Also, most importantly, I wish to explore ways in which, in a digital age, we can not only defend but
promote freehand sketching within the architectural profession.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New style...

Sorry for neglecting this blog for so long... lots of stuff is happening (I ALWAYS say that!)
Thought I would cross post from my other blog here...

After yesterday's afternoon little sketching outing(see below), I decided that it is time for some studio experiments and developments. I am really not enjoying my ink lines at the moment and am getting such a buzz out of a spontaneous mixing of watercolour pencils and watercolour paint. So I thought I would experiment from a photo I took yesterday of the gatehouse to Rivendell (part of Concord hospital)

As my camera was handy I thought I would take a few photos of the stages...but once I started painting I forgot all about it. I also wasn't sure when I started what I was doing - so I started with a rough outline in yellow ochre WC pencil then added watersoluble pencil over the top (Derwent sketching light wash) . Next I mapped the basic areas of shadow/shade with that yellow WC pencil and then.... who knows. This isn;t quite doing what I had hoped to achieve - I feel the need to work bigger!
I plan to develop this technique in the coming days/ fun fun! (well I am enjoying myself ...I think that it might show a little bit!)

BTW I am LOVING using this Stilllman and Brin alpha book to be loose and rough and record my daily explorations without any pressure. I am less inclined to be journalling (though that is still happening) but definitely using it more as a working sketchbook. The paper is great for what I am doing - very robust for the workout I am giving it...but I am very much looking forward to getting into a Beta book next!

Here is my crazy attempt from yesterday.....
130219 Rivendell Concord