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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hardwick Hall Revisited

0908W_03 Hardwick Front

The two pages below represent another go at sketching Hardwick Hall. I was there last year and somewhat overwhelmed at the time (in a good way!) by the enormous windows “Hardwick Hall more glass than wall” that I drew the sketch above... Large sketch showing every pane of glass and got so sick of it by the end.

110928 Hardwick Hall Revisited 01

Today I wanted to achieve two things
1. Understand the building BEFORE I sketched it (last year on location I discovered things about the building while I was sketching and wasn’t able to correct my sketch as I was doing it on the run)
2. Find a more expressive way of sketching the building without having to draw every window.
Well I did achieve the first but sadly had a break in time before I sketched the in effect lost the benefit of the a number mistakes in the number of panes in the sketch on the first page... This sketch I faded parts of the building according to structure... ie. I started to draw the building from the centreline and faded my linework and colour as I moved out from the centre.
110928 Hardwick Hall Revisited 02

On the second sketch I sketched and painted in response to the light hitting the fa├žade. This was a suggestion of John Haycraft and I am very excited about the possibility of exploring this idea further – following the light across a building.

1 comment:

  1. Liz,
    I'm enjoying this very much and gaining insight. Thanks and I look forward to more.