Thursday, August 12, 2010

The 100 - 43-45

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It is short one today, just to bring me up to a number I can remember. 5 away from 50. I have more to post, I just need a good few days of scanning.

Today we have Jacques Villon, Rico Lebrun, and Ben Shahn.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Found - Turn your Handwriting into a Font

This is a small digression in what I have been working on, but I still found it interesting. Pilot, the pen and stationary company, have created a web application to turn your own handwriting into a useable font. I came across it while researching computer use vs sketching by hand. I have posted the link to the Pilot website at the bottom of the post.

Pilot Handwriting

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Found - Ricardo Actus sketchbooks

I have been looking around for new and different artist and I came across this website. His name is Ricardo Actus and his sketchbooks are gorgeous. They needed to be shared. I have included a few pics here as well as the link to his website.

Ricardo Actus

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The 100 - 38-42

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We have gone Dutch for this edition of the 1oo. In order they are Jaques De Gheyn, Jacob Jordaens, Crispijn De Passe the Elder, Paul Bril and Willem Drost

Found - Le Corbusier Speaks

"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies."

Quote with photos.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Found - Photorealistic Pencil Drawings

Yup, that is a pencil drawing.

"I have loved to draw all my life but I especially like to draw graphite realism drawings," said Mr Lung from Hong Kong.

"Most of my drawings are A2 size and all are done using a 0.5mm technical pencil. I like graphite realism drawing because I can use just one single pencil to create millions of different textures."

Follow the link here to see the rest.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The 100 - 31-37

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We are back to some Architects for this edition of The 100. In order they are: Sergei Tchoben, Riken Yamamoto, Michail Filippov, Lebbeus Woods, Ken Adam, Willem Van Der Hoed, and Wellington Reiter.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The 100 - 25-30

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Moving forward in time a little bit from the last post we have, in order: Degas, Watteau, Rembrandt, Picasso, Albrecht Durer and Anthony Van Dyck.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The 100 - Old Masters (20-24)

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Well, continuing along with the 100 collected drawings, here are a few from some of the old masters. In order, they are: Raphael, Stephano Da Verona, Pisanello, Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Grand Tour

In 1670 the phrase "Grand Tour" first appeared in the preface of Richard Lassel's The Voyage of Italy. By the eighteenth century the Grand Tour, which often lasted from a few months to several years, had become part of the expected education of every European nobleman, and then every student of architecture. The primary destination of this Tour was Italy, with its heritage of ancient Roman monuments and picturesque landscapes. "The man who has not been to Italy," wrote Sammuel Johnson, "is always conscious of an infreiority from his not having seen what is expected a man should see."

The lessons of the Grand Tour were more personalized by Sir John Soane than probably any other eighteenth-century British architect. In 1776 Soane was awarded a travelling fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects. During his twenty-seven month voyage through Italy, he created a compiled hundreds of drawings and paintings that would later serve as the foundation for his Royal Academy lectures. The collection primarily contains archaeological records and includes measured drawings, sketches, and comparitive illustrations that detail issues of proportion and scale.

Another important figure of the eighteenth-century Grand Tour is the German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Schinkel's archtecture responded to the classical forms of the mediterranean that he observed and sketched on his travels throughout Italy. To suppliment his accurate sketching, Schinkel developed a series of historical re-creations, inventive paintings possessing a strong narrative quality. He used the drawings and paintings from his travels to investigate the relationship between space and vision, a topic that would consume his career and define his architecture. The American architect Julia Morgan, the first woman admitted into the architectural program at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1898, not only studied in Paris but took several trips around Europe, visiting sites and sketching her impressions.

Italy continued to play an inportant role in the education of the architect into the twentieth century. Even when photography replaced drawings as the primary method for producing images, architects still chose to draw in order to better impress the physical reality of a scene into their memories. The Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund returned home from his journey through Italy with hundreds of postcards of architecture, paintings, and sculpture to supplement more than three hundred pages of drawings, sketches, annotations and portraits. Le Corbusier carried a camera with him on his earliest voyages to Rome in 1911, yet relied most heavily on the sketch to record the image. He stated, "When one travels and works with visual uses one's eyes and draws, so as to fix deep down in one's experience what is seen...All this means first look, and then observe, and finally to discover. Once the impression has been recorded by the pencil, it stays for good, entered, registered, inscribed." The architect Louis Kahn claims to have found himself architecturally during his sketching trips through Italy. Kahn captured what he called the "little village" of Italian medieval and vernacular architecture in a series of graphite drawings and watercolours.

excerpt from Michael Graves: Images of a Grand Tour by Brian M. Ambroziak