Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Monday, 5 October 2015
I had to teach dawinng and architecture there. But the Wifi was terrible, hardly any connection.
I had enough time to draw though, here is a sketch of the first day: a view from aa bridge in Guernico, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Next to my daytime job, I also teach young architecture students how to sketch and draw.
Yesterday evening we went out, to do some outdoor exercises. You can still see the thin pencil line of the cube, which I used to build the perspective of the drawing.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
I found this home for elderly people, which had nice woodstructure.
If I have to go here more often I will have trouble finding interesting things to sketch.....
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
So this is a leftover of a quick sketch I made during an architectural visit with the students to Brussels.
It's an abandoned and burned out railway house on a former trainyard, called thurn & taxis. The new office towers are slowly creeping towards this part of the town.
Friday, 11 September 2015
Even though I am running regularly since 1981, I started to keep track on a simple excel list since may 2005. Just the distances. I am surprised that I came that far, considering I had a serious ankle injury some years ago; and could not run for almost a year.
I did not run all these kilometres on these shoes of course, this is my ninth pair of Brooks Addiction since I kept track.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
A row of colourful houses in a suburb of Liège.
I took a wrong turn on a road I had traveled a lot of times (I ended up in the wrong lane, it turned left). But sometimes something like this delivers fresh views and new subjects.
Saturday, 5 September 2015
The head is based on a picture by Le Corbusier, for me the symbol of the visionary architect.
The building in the background is just a fantasy design of mine.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
He notticed me drawing him - obviously, a guy like that will observe the public around him with a lot of attention.
He told me he liked the sketch very much, but the was after he received my decent tip.
He told me his name was Miguele. These steps were his regular hangout, As a matter of fact, I had made the photograph I show here quite accidentally two days before.
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Friday, 28 August 2015
The fountain was made by Bernini, and features in the Dan Brown book of course.
I wanted to draw the oblisk (on top), and the church (St. Agnese in Agone) in the background as well, but all together would have made the fountain too small. Especially in a A5 booklet.
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Monday, 24 August 2015
He wanted to show the world how brilliant fascism was (I am cynical), so he organized a World Expo meant to open in 1942, the "Esposizione Universale di Roma".
A whole new borough, just outside the city center, with wide lanes and impressive neoclassical buildings.
Quite a megalomatic enterprise, and this building was meant to be the highlight: the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro. (the palace for the civilization of work).
It's also sometimes referred to as "the square colosseum".
Anyway, a worldwar interfered, and the area was never totally finished. What is left is a city layout and some stark buildings, whose architecture is not even all that bad. It's meant to impress, and it does that very well.
I just get a foul taste in my mouth recalling where these ideas originated.
Saturday, 22 August 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
I mean, the amount of tourists in Rome was huge, in this case we had o stand in line for 3/4 of an hour. Nothing compared to the row in front of the Vatican Museum though - 2 hours.....
But I had to be quick.
The top one was made in the Colosseum itself.
I had forgotten how impressive the building is.