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.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
'round the bend and back again
Posted by andrea joseph's sketchblog at 1:19 PM
Labels: Barcelona, drawing, Gaudi, illustration, sepia, travel moleskine
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nice drawings! :D
i like this style. you should print it as a real calendar. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love your series of Gaudi buildings - please say you'll make a calendar, just like that!! I love Barcelona!!
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.
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!
I like what your pen has to say too! Wonderful work.
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.
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.
Well, Gaudi is perfect for your style!! If only more buildings looked like his maybe you would enjoy drawing buildings more!
What fascinating buildings! Great calendar. :)
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