Sunday, June 2, 2013

USK at Sydney Uni

Urban Sketchers Australia, Sydney event.

Eleven sketchers met on a cool grey day at the University of Sydney- Australia's oldest university (1862) to paint, sketch and draw . Most of us stayed in the oldest area - the Quadrangle. But there is so much detail - where to begin ?
I have been reading about the Victorian Gothic revival buildings of London , including Westminster , which this building was modelled on. So I was in the right mindset to draw this wonderful building.

When I approach such an impressive large building I draw it quickly (ish) in ink. I think I spent about 20 minutes on the ink sketch. It is too easy for me to get overwhelmed by the architecture. I usually have disappearing edges (I am not sure what they are called) , where I don't draw the entire building or to the very edges/.


a short simple sketch in ink of the building
I then like to focus on a few details. I bring out my lovely watercolour pencils.
I think that the combination of the two styles provides a snapshot of the building and its character and what appeals to me about it.

close up of details

more details
It didn't matter that I didn't finish this doorway, There is enough there to let you know what it is like.