It was a very challenging sketching experience - being shown through a very complex building with a group of people meant I had to be be fast and focused so as not to delay the others. At the same time I needed an increased awareness of my surroundings - it is a very active construction site with cables, workmen, bits and pieces everywhere. In addition I was wearing a hard hat and safety gloves (though I took them off after the first few sketches)
I just had to go for it - trusting my hard eye coordination and hoping that I picked the right pencil/pen out of my kit. (some people would say that I should have only used one tool but I love colour and variety!)
It is an amazing building and to be able to record these sketches has given me a real understanding of the spaces and how it is put together. These sketches are not necessarily pretty or complete but they are very important to me - triggering the memory of the space and details that I responded to. Here is a combined image showing the full collection of sketches I did in the 1 hour tour around the site.
There is no doubt that a few ideas as to how to respond to sketching challenges like this one have been prompted by Richard Alomar's activity in Paraty and hanging out in Rio with the unstoppable Lynne Chapman. (BTW I hope to finally start sharing some highlights and takeaways from my Brazil trip soon!)
Looking forward to sketching more of the exterior - the shapes and patterns of the brickwork are breathtaking and highly sketchable - especially with some late afternoon Sydney sun on them.
More sketches, photos and impressions on my blog.