Here’s two sketches of some buildings I saw on my recent travels. Getting some fineliner pens has made a big difference to my urban sketching. I do kind of miss the subtle tones you can get with a biro… I definitely feel I’m getting much more proficient at capturing the intricacies of physical structures. I’m enjoying it too.
I was particularly struck with ‘The Dancing House’. I’ve always liked Frank Gehry. He seems like a cool, grumpy old dude with interesting ideas on the creative process. I like this quote:
“When you build a building, any building, start with the simple block model to see where that goes.”
When you start an essay or report, you’re better off quickly jotting down the core ideas, the big blocks of information. They can be completely fluid, removed or expanded as time goes on – but get them in there first.
Note to self
Today, I deliberately found an awkward spot in the middle of one of my favourite university buildings to draw, snapped a quick photo. It’s the newest member of the rag-tag group of structures that make up the main hub of the University of Portsmouth: all concrete, glass and steel.
I’m actually pretty pleased at how this one came out. The little notes to myself in the bottom right corner aren’t something I’ve done before – they’re the result of a tip I picked up off other urban sketchers on Instagram. It’s useful to think about what went well, and what I’m not so happy with: that way, every drawing is a learning experience.
Substituting sleep for sprints
Riddle me this. I woke up around 3am last night (no idea why). It took me a solid few hours to get back to sleep, meaning I only totalled approximately 5 fragmented hours. I got up around 7am regardless, and did 20 minutes worth of interval training along Clarence Esplanade. I love training by the sea. Today’s workout was 10 repetitions of approximately 30 second bursts of maximum speed, with short rest periods in between. Immediately after I finished training, and despite my lack of sleep, I felt energised. It’s stayed with me throughout the day. Now, perhaps it was just the sea air. But perhaps not. Anyone else notice that weird phenomenon?