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).
#9 Simón Bolívar Auditorium, 1989 (originally designed in the 1950s), by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#10 Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavilion (Oca), 1954, by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#11 Fundação Bienal de São Paulo Pavillion (exterior), 1957, by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#12 Fundação Bienal de São Paulo Pavillion, central staircase, 1957, by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#15 Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion (now Afro Brasil museum), 1954, 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.
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).
#6 Contemporary Art Museum (MAC), 1996, by Oscar Niemeyer in Niterói, Brazil
#7 Ibirapuera Auditorium, 2005 (originally designed in the 1950s), by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
#8 Sculpture at Latin America Memorial, 1989, by Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo, Brazil
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 😉