[Guest Post by Soroshi Michelle]
Over an extended weekend holiday, I visited lovely Jordan. I was caught between capturing photographs versus drawing on location. I juggled between the two!
The landscape of Jordan is over rolling hills which allows for viewing sights at various levels. This is something I haven’t come across before and was keen to capture it as my sketch on the first day.
Here you may refer to the setting with the actual photograph:
A stopover was next at the Citadel with some fascinating ruins from Roman and Byzantine times. There is much to capture here and it is an enjoyable walk, I might add!
I have been trying to follow a comic book strip format in my current sketchbook which is quite large (A3 size). This has helped to add in bits of doodles/notes at the end (as you will find in the above piece about the ticket). I have also started working with different coloured inks to break the mundanity of my previous drawings which were only in antique blue.
The second day was reserved purely for Petra! I love how the walk builds up the visitor’s anticipation, especially before reaching the Treasury. If you have visited or have seen photographs of this structure, you will find there is a narrow walk between the rocks with a glimpse of half the façade, finally opening up to the massive scale to gaze in awe. I wonder if it was designed with this intention in mind.
The next sketch at Petra was at the Royal Tombs.
Here, I have another interesting incident to share: a Bedouin (local of the region) found me drawing in the shade of a rock and offered a pot of tea. It is his tent with goods that stands in front of the tombs, in the next photograph. A very kind gesture from another stranger!
My final sketch at the Petra with a view towards the rocks and some bamboo:
Just the three from Petra, wish I had the energy for more. I highly recommend to stay at least for a night at Petra and visit and admire the sights at a leisurely pace.
My last day in Jordan was a mixed bag with stops at Mount Nebu, Bethany and the Dead Sea. Some of it was in a group tour and hence, I had about three minutes for each sketch. Which is why you will find them unfinished. My favourite of the day was the Dead Sea, of course! It is as serene as serene can be.
To sum it up, the experience in travelling alone in Jordan was marvelous. Kindness of strangers, befriending new acquaintances along the journey are some of the unforgettable memories from my trip.
Soroshi Michelle is an architect and an urban sketcher in Dubai, UAE. Her works can be seen on her blog.