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

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Drawing - Using Harmony

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These are a few drawings I did while playing around with the Harmony program from the last post. It takes a little while to get used to how the program works. It isn't quite like drawing with pen and paper. Although I was using my mouse and trackpad. I imagine it would be quite different using a tablet or on the ipad/iphone. With those, you would have a bit more direct connection (or at least more familiar) with the drawing. As a result I found it quite difficult to subjects that were more rectilinear (as you can probably see in the house sketch). You almost have to let the drawing flow on it's own. So the organic shapes tended to work a bit better. It does bring up an interesting question of subject and medium. You really will get a completely different result by alternating the two. I think that is the next project.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Found - Online Sketching

An interesting piece of programming. Harmony, a project by designer and developer Ricardo Cabello, is a web based sketching program. Similar to the freehand tool in other programs, Harmony allows you to draw using your mouse or trackpad. A quick demonstration video embedded below. Harmony has been used to create an App for iphones and ipads allowing for mobile electronic sketching. If people are talking paperless work places, this is definately somethign to look into.

Try it out, click the link below:

Online Sketching

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Found - The Campaign for Drawing

The Campaign for Drawing was launched in 2000 by the Guild of St George, a small charity founded by John Ruskin, whose writings on art, architecture, natural history, social and economic issues helped to shape Victorian cultural life. In 1871, he set up the Guild to assist the liberal education of artisans. The Guild initiated the Campaign to celebrate Ruskin's centenary and to promote his belief that drawing is a key to understanding and knowledge. Now an independent charity, the Campaign raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. It has developed two programmes to encourage the use of drawing by professionals and others: The Big Draw and Power Drawing

The Campaign has created a new regard for the value of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action. Its long-term ambition is to change the way drawing is perceived by educationalists and the public. This has won support from leading practitioners in the creative industries and in art, architecture and design colleges, signaling an overdue realisation that drawing is fundamental to the training of students in these disciplines. The Campaign takes a wider view. It sees drawing as a basic human skill useful in all walks of life. The Campaign's work will finish when the words 'I can't draw' are dropped from our vocabulary.

Link to their website below:

The Campaign for Drawing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Found - The Archigram Archival Project

The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and made possible by the members of Archigram and their heirs, who retain copyright of all images.

Link to the project below:

The Archigram Archival Project

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The 100 - 15-19

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In order: Frank Lloyd Wright, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Le Corbusier, Donato Bramante and VIllard de Honnencourt.

The 100 - 10-14

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In order: Julius Schorr von Carolsfeld, Mauro Gandolfi, John Flaxman, Frederick Sandys and Paulo Pagani

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Found - National Gallery to reveal its fakes in exhibition

The National Gallery is dusting off some of its most embarrassing acquisitions for a new exhibition looking at fake artworks.

Close Examination will display works of art that have been quietly removed from view after research showed they were not what they were thought to be.

They include works supposedly by Sandro Botticelli and Hans Holbein which were mistakenly thought to be genuine.

More than 40 works of art will go on display at the gallery in June.

The exhibition is billed as a celebration of "the remarkable collaboration of scientists, conservators and art historians" at the central London gallery.

Full story below

National Gallery to reveal its fakes in exhibition

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The 100 - 5-9

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As a continuation of the "100" project here are
Michael Graves, Rob Krier, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Erich Mendelsohn and Paul Klee.