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September 24, 2015

Drawing On Location

Amara Strand is an interior designer and 3D artist who is determined not to lose touch with the non-digital side of her creativity. She carries her small sketchbook around Toronto, and brings a little piece of the local architecture and scenery home with her at the end of the day. Her almost pocket-sized urban sketches are made truly special by Strand’s warm watercolors. Strand said, “I love to see colourful watercolour running, seeing the lines go on my sketchbook and never knowing exactly how the sketch will turn out when it is done. This excites me.” 

I adore the spontaneity of an artist being surprised by her own finished product. The drawings have a rough sketch quality without meticulous detailing, but it’s a good thing to have when you are drawing places and things right in front of you—you won’t get so lost in perfecting the page that you forget to enjoy your cup of coffee.

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July 20, 2015

Heading Home

I'm having a moment over Michael Howard's Make Your Head Your Home series. It is a majestic mixture of architecture and portraits organically entwined with each other... and a good dose of flowers because why not? The illustrations are surreal, yet personally relatable. Any introspective artist can connect to the idea of living in your thoughts, or going to your mind palace. With the eclectic variety of faces and building styles, I'm choosing to imagine each person designing their own inner world into a sanctuary that is uniquely theirs, and proudly wearing it as a crown. With head space this extravagant, I wouldn’t want to leave my thoughts either. What would yours look like?

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July 10, 2015

Art: In Construction

I’m looking at my dream home! Noel Badges Pugh’s pen and watercolor houses become more breathtaking with every passing moment that your eyes linger on the page. Unsurprisingly, I enjoy the process photos more than the finished products. The artist pays meticulously close attention to drawing the finest architectural details, which are given captivating depth by rich color shading. It’s particularly interesting for me to see this juxtaposed with the “bare bones” version of the house in the same drawing. A nice visual reminder that amazing illustrations have simple beginnings.

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March 4, 2014

Drawing the Cityscape in His Head

Bricks, windows, arches, curves, angles, roofs... you name it, if it's part of the city architecture, it's very likely Daniel Van Der Noon has drawn it.

Everything about his art inspires me. They are all hand-drawn and inked directly onto a wall, window, or canvas. No prior sketching or mapping. It's just one stroke here, another line there and soon enough buildings and rooftops appear.

In his own words, "I like to travel a lot, visit new cities, see new places, hear new noises. Through these skylines I guess that the perks that I experience from traveling around are amplified in ink, and the memories recorded in these ongoing sprawls of images and text."

You'll find plenty to like in the following images, and I guarantee you'll especially enjoy the process videos after the fold.

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August 7, 2012

Unexpected Sketchbooks Of An Architect

I'm so in love with these sketchbooks of Sao Paulo architect, Gabriel Kieling. The precision and balance of an architecture blueprint, mixed with slumped shoulders and soft skin. I can't help but stare, and wonder about the moments these people are lost in…

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November 11, 2011

Totally Axonometric

Julien Barberousse found a way to draw us into his axonometric world by creating fantastical landscapes. The architecture and lines of color are breathtaking over the graph paper of his journal. He's collected the drawings into three zines, simply titled I, II, and III. It's nice to see the progression of his orthographic projections through each issue, so be sure to give them a look.

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January 18, 2011

Great Heights

Comic-style storylines, fine architectural detail, and precise drafting. I could get lost in the graphic and textual layers. I'm enamoured. Take a gander at Timothy J. Reynolds's Moleskins and you will be too.

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