Daily sketches #16-18: some SP residential

Quick post with some quick sketches. Just a few residential buildings I’ve seen on my commutes through the city.

#16 Copan Building, 1954, by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#16 Copan Building, 1954, by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil

Daily sketches #9-15: Niemeyer in B&W

A little more Niemeyer, a little more catching up! Keeping it in São Paulo this time, and staying at the Latin America memorial from the last post, there’s the Simón Bolívar auditorium with #9. A great looking building, with its minimal concrete shells, that unfortunately was in a huge fire late last year. Following that are a few more of Oscar’s projects in the Ibirapuera park, with Oca (#10), the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo pavillion (#11 and #12), the Palácio da Agricultura / old DETRAN building next to the park with its recently renovated (#13) and old façade (#14) and finally the Afro Brasil museum (#15).

#13 & 14 Palácio da Agricultura (former home of DETRAN, now the modern art museum for USP), renovated façade (left, 2012) and original (right, 1955), by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#13 & 14 Palácio da Agricultura (former home of DETRAN, now the modern art museum for USP), renovated façade (left, 2012) and original (right, 1955), by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil

The sketches were done at different speeds and I rather like some of them, as well as experimenting with B&W shading and lineweights. The Palácio da Agricultura is my favourite of the batch, but since it also took the longest… well, with some luck I’ll get to do some more of the more detailed stuff when I’ve fully caught up.

Daily sketches #6-8: Niemeyer with a touch of red

Here we go, a little catching up with inspiring (and incredibly productive, with over 600 projects) Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. I’ll no doubt sketch more of his work in the future, but for today, just a few of his works that include an element of red–courtesy of a red Copic marker (R27, Cadmium Red).

These sketches were done pretty quickly, and it’s interesting to me how different they felt as I worked on them, and how they turned out. #6 with the museum of contemporary art in Niterói was very much a warm-up sketch, and lacks both accuracy and a clear direction. The perspective is off, some spacial awareness is lost, but it looks alright–not too forced, which is a good thing imo, and the red marker. #7 is a totally different animal. The Ibirapuera auditorium’s relatively simple shape makes for a very “solid” object, that’s pretty easy to put down on paper. The sketch turned out very “architecturally” but I like it. It is only a quick sketch, but it’s got potential. #8 started out as a mess: my initial attempt at more organic lines wasn’t working, and I was quickly losing the shape of the Latin America memorial’s hand. It did prove to be a good foundation to put some heavier, more angular lines on top off, however and the end result is pretty interesting to me. I also experimented with some smudging, which worked out in a pretty interesting way.

Technique-wise, I’ve found that going over the same (straight) line several times with very loose, rapid strokes helps create very natural, strong lines. It works great in combination with my Pentel Tradio sketch pen–my sketch pen of choice. I usually tend to attempt more “careful” lines, so it seems this daily sketch challenge is already helping out! That should be enough motivation to keep me going a while longer 😉

Daily sketch challenge, intro and #1-5

As the about page states, one of my main reasons for starting this blog is to simply sketch more. And what better way to achieve this than by attempting to make a sketch a day? (Suggestions are welcome, of course!) So as perhaps my only realistic resolution for 2014, I’ve decided to do just that: one sketch a day for the new year! This will obviously increase my output, but more than anything, I hope to simply improve my linework. Get a looser hand, more interesting lineweights and simply allow my sketching to get more natural.

I think one of the reasons I sketch less than I’d like is a slight perfectionist streak: my sketches don’t match up to what I picture in my mind, which can be disappointing, or it simply takes too much time to get there, which can turn a hobby into a chore. Enough of that: with this challenge I intend to have fun. No pressure, no big expectations up front, just a series of quick sketches.

Since my interest leads me towards architectural work, that’ll be the (main) focus of my sketches. Architecture, maybe some details, maybe some landscapes, and who knows what else I’ll come up with. I’ll try to write a short description with each sketch, with information about the project, the architect, its location etc. I’ll start with architecture in Brazil, as it seems a good opportunity to look closer into the architecture of the country I’ll be living in for the next few years. Finally, I intend to experiment with different pens and styles throughout the year. All in all, I’m pretty excited about this!

So here goes, the first series of daily sketches of the year. These focus on some projects in Rio de Janeiro, to complement my start of the year there.

Of course, as you can tell since it’s the 9th of January, I’m already behind. But I’m still feeling up to the challenge, and I intend to catch up! Not all at once–since pressuring myself to never fall behind ever isn’t exactly my idea of a fun challenge–but an extra sketch here and there will do the trick.

Hopefully, this’ll be an interesting journey for me, and for you readers as well. I’d be happy to hear any opinions and suggestions by the way, so leave me a comment if you have any!

First lines

While this blog is still heavily under construction, it wouldn’t hurt to put some content up, so here goes:

Every blog needs a first post, and I figured I might as well start with some older sketches. A small collection of sketches done in São Paulo (and one after leaving São Paulo), also found on my Instagram account.