Sunday, September 06, 2009

'round the bend and back again

I'm not much of a travel sketcher really. And, that's putting it mildly. I would love to have told you that I sat on the street and drew these, but I did it from the comfort of my armchair. Sometimes I long to draw the buildings and landscapes that surround me. But, I don't find it easy.

The thing is, when I'm drawing buildings and architecture I aways feel like I'm scratching around trying to find my own style. Up until now, I have never found that. A style that I'm comfortable with. In fact, drawing these little Gaudi buildings - even if it was copying them from a calender - is the closest I've ever come to it. Of course, the other reason for finding drawing architecture so difficult is that I cannot draw in public. Which is a bit of a setback.

I liked drawing these buildings, I like the results, I like what my pen has to say. Now, all I have to do is transfer this style to drawing actual REAL buildings. Oh, and conquer decades of acute self consciousness that manifests itself as a shyness that is criminally vulgar. That's all.

14 comments:

eggplant said...

nice drawings! :D

anais said...

i like this style. you should print it as a real calendar. :)

louloulovesbooks said...

I love Barcelona, I only went once, briefly but it is forever imprinted...these are as organic as his designs yet have a style of you.
(*)

Kel said...

I'm so glad that it's not only me that struggles with that. I might have a go at drawing some of my Barcelona photos now.

E-J said...

Beautiful.

I had the perfect opportunity to sketch in public today, but couldn't bring myself to do it. For me, it's an off-and-on thing, and the less I do it, the more fearful I become.

You have such a strong and individual style, whatever the subject and circumstances of the drawing. Always instantly recognizable as AJ.

Sydney said...

Nice drawings! I keep saying I'm going to go around town and sketch some of the buildings but my shyness keeps me away. I'm gradually trying to work past that though.

Caroline said...

I love your series of Gaudi buildings - please say you'll make a calendar, just like that!! I love Barcelona!!

Roadchick said...

I'm horribly self-conscious about drawing in public. I can whip out my knitting without a second thought because I know that it looks ok...I freeze about the drawing because I never think it looks good enough.

bettyfromtexas said...

Hi, Andrea!! Not only are we both channeling Gaudi . . . we both own this calendar!! I was so excited when I saw that you had begun such beautiful work from the calendar. Your drawings of Gaudi architecture are exquisite!!

I have many more sketches of Barcelona to do to fill my sketchbook from the trip, but it is a joy to try and decide what to put down as a memory. . . there are so many wonderful ones. I would gladly buy a silver Vespa, a helmet, and an apartment off La Rambla. I hope to go back soon!

Alissa said...

I like what your pen has to say too! Wonderful work.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks, guys.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one! I would love to sit there and not care, but, that would take a whole load of therapy to get to that point.

Betty, me too. Me too.

Cheers, lovely people.

no way said...

As usual, I love the drawings Andrea. I always do. However, in this post I also love the sly Smiths lyrics you snuck in. "I am human and I need to be looooved, just like everybody else does!" This will be in my head for the rest of the day, and that's not a bad thing.

Kathleen said...

Well, Gaudi is perfect for your style!! If only more buildings looked like his maybe you would enjoy drawing buildings more!

Rita said...

What fascinating buildings! Great calendar. :)