The finished house sketch was delivered in digital format which allowed for a slight colour adjustment to improve the blacks of the darkest lines before printing by the client at home. House sketches like this are often used for printing at home on cards or office stationary.
A quick pen and ink sketch I drew of an old German brewery in the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden. Pen and ink is a nice combination similar to watercolour in that the ink bleeds by adding water to the paper. I added a bit of texture in places using a soft 8B graphite pencil.
A watercolour painting of an old Almshouse I painted in Sheffield, England.
I always enjoy painting older buildings made from weathered sandstone blocks and slate roofs as with this one here because all of the elements can be individually painted; very time consuming but I like the results. This painting has the perspective at a slight angle rather than face-on which helps to add interest and depth.
This is a pencil drawing of an old cobbled street in the North German town of Bremen. The client once lived there as a child and wanted to have the pencil drawing as a memory of their old family home to hang on their wall.
Looking for a perfect hotel or wedding venue in Spain? Hotel Cortijo Bravo in Velez-Malaga was the wedding venue I drew recently. It was presented as a wedding gift for a couple who married there from one of the wedding guests. The hotel lies on Malaga´s Axarquia coast and apparently has amazing views of the surrounding landscape set within the Avacado plantations stretching out to the Mediterranean Sea.
It was interesting building to draw because I don't often get the chance often to draw or paint Mediterranean style buildings. At first I thought it might prove a challenge because of the relatively simple building form and white-washed walls, but including the strong Spanish shadows and unique building details helped to add enough depth to make the drawing work.
Typical Spanish roof tiles and balcony railings added nice detail too. And the tropical planting by the elegant entrance helped add variety to the simple lines of the building drawing.
I drew the tiles along the ramp with the hard pencil relief method I often use for brickwork on typical British houses. This involves drawing the lighter mortar joints first, with a hard 2H pencil with just enough pressure to leave a slight indentation in the drawing paper. I then use much softer ( and darker) 6B to 8B pencil to draw over the top of these mortar joint lines which only leaves a pencil mark on the higher relief areas of the paper and not in the mortar joint lines that were drawn with the 2H pencil.
Looking for a picture of your wedding venue, or an anniversary gift?
A drawing or painting of the wedding venue makes a nice idea for a wedding gift to remember the special day. A sketch of the wedding venue, or an interesting building detail could also make for a unique finishing touch to thank you cards for the wedding guests for example. If you are looking to have something special drawn or painted for your wedding day then why not get in touch to discuss your ideas. I recent client reminded me too that the 1st wedding anniversary is symbolized by 'paper', and a drawing of your wedding venue on paper makes a nice traditional 1st anniversary gift idea too!