Architectural sketches

Let’s start by saying that after looking for pictures for this post, I feel old.

I studied Architecture in Valladolid. It’s a weird career because you are supposed to know maths, physics, structural calculations, art history, art aesthetics, building techniques, computer assisted drawing, modelling and rendering, project management… and you are supposed to have killer freehand drawing skills.

There were lots of drawing classes and assignments in my first two years studiying architecture. This one below is a quick pencil and watercolor sketch I made in 1999 ~ Guggenheim NY museum by F. Lloyd Wright.

We drawn in class. But we also were supposed to drawn on the street, “on the spot”. Sitting on the street for 4 hours to be exact.  The final test for this subject took place this way!

1999 or 2000 looks close in time until you try and search for pictures and you notice that there are almost NO pictures at all. We carried a camera around with an actual film inside it and you had room for 24 or 36 pictures in the film. Soooo there are not so many pictures around!

This is what we used to do:

These are my friends, sitting on the floor of Plaza Mayor in Valladolid. (I’m the one taking the picture). We carried A3 folders, paper, pencils… and we drawn for hours. This day we were protesting against engineers taking over our legal competencies as architects. And someone thought that the best way to protest was by drawing. Color me confused! From left to right  Rubén, Sara, Inés, Elena, Cristina, Marisa and María.

The one in the right in the following picture, is me. The one in the right is my friend Cristina (Hi Cris!).

Another couple images of these ancient sketches of mine… This one is the interior of Catedral de León, a magnificent gothic Cathedral from my home province.

And this one is a church Notre Dame du Haut, in Ronchamp (France) by Le Corbusier. Please note the small teacher signature and date on the right top corner 🙂

Lately I’ve been considering that I should add architectural sketches to my shop. So one day I took the plunge and I started adding some. Like these:

Good news: now I can take a gazilion pictures while painting… like this in progress picture of the Flatiron building sketch:

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the story-telling time and my new designs.

– Rosana

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