Posts Tagged ‘sketchbook’
Posted in architecture, art, art,poetry,writing, Coffee, Collage, Drawing, Ink, sketchbook, sketching, Spontaneous Constructs, Thinking with my hands, Watercolor, tagged Buffalo, cafe', coffee watercolor, collage, Ny, painting with espresso coffee, sketchbook, SOciety of Architectural Historians COnference on April 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Architecture, art, Drawing, Film, Habana Diaries, History of Architecture, Ink, Music, Poetry, Quotes, sketchbook, sketching, Watercolor, Writing, tagged Before Sunrise, cuba, Drawing, Havana, History of Architecture, ink, La Habana, Moorish Architecture, Movie, Mudejar, Neoclassical Architecture, sketchbook, sketching on April 26, 2012 | 2 Comments »
“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
Posted in Architecture, art, Art Gallery, Ink, Jewelry, Pastel, Poetry, Sketchbook Exchange, Spontaneous Constructs, Writing, tagged Architecture, Bramante, city, Drawing, duomo milano, ink drawing, Milano, milano cafe, Milano Diaries, pio albergo trivulzio, santa maria presso san satiro, sketchbook, sketches, urban moments, Urban Sketchers, Watercolor, window on January 1, 2012 | 7 Comments »
Posted in Architecture, Coffee, Poetry, Quotes, school, School Work, sketchbook, sketching, Thoughts in the alley, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Writing, tagged Carlos Fuentes, cities, city, Coffee, ink drawing, Poetry, poetry on architecture, revolution, sketch, sketchbook, urban design on January 31, 2011 | 3 Comments »
Come, let yourself fall with me into the lunar scar of our city, scratched by sewers, crystal city of vapor and mineral frost, city witness to all we forget, city of carnivorous cliffs, city of immobile pain, city of immense brevity, city of the motionless sun, city of the long burning, city of the slow fires, city up to its neck in water, city of playful lethargy, city of black nerves, city of three umbilical scars, city of yellow laughter, city of twisted stink, city between air and worms, city of ancient lights ,old city nested among birds of omen, new city next to sculpture dust, city reflection of gigantic heaven, city of dark varnish and stonework, city beneath glistening mud, city of guts and tendons, city of violated defeat, city of submissive markets, city reflecting fury city of anxious failure, city woven with amnesia….
Posted in Architecture, architecture, art, art,poetry,writing, Books, Cures for the Nothing, Design, Digital Collage, digital collage, photography, writing, architecture, Drawing, F R A G M E N T S, school, School Work, Watercolor, Writing, tagged Archigram, Architect, Architecture, art, collage, Drawing, Kiasma Contemporary ArtMuseum(1992-1998), Knut Hamsen Museum(1994-2009), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999-2002), Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture (2002-2009), photocollage, Simmons Hall, sketch, sketchbook, Steven Holl, Watercolor, watercolorist, written in water, written on water on October 13, 2010 | 2 Comments »
All images are from a research project completed by my student, Mariam Thomas, on Architects as Artists and their rendering/design techniques.
The relationship between architecture and art, and the study of practitioners who are also artists (with the mindframe of artists), whose design process transcends design practices and pragmatism to include enlightment, discoveries and art- wonderings is of immense interest to me. Not only because I come from Italy , where the greatest architects of ‘our’ Rinascimento where first and foremost artists, but because I believe Architecture (with the capital A) is meant to embody Art and , in the best cases, become visual poetry (or frozen music). The relationship between the word and the built, i.e, literature and architecture, and architects/artists who are poets and writers…all these are dynamics that not only fascinate me, but give me hope and recharge me. I would love to one day explore these themes through one of more courses.
It’s fantastic to see the relationship between Steven Holl’s initial sketches and watercolors and his buildings, which preserve intact the spirit of their inception. I saw one of his works on the water in Amsterdam: it was similar to an e. e cummings poem, minimal and undeniable.
The line is so thin between his grayscale watercolors (an obsession of mine lately) and his white-grey walls. Holl’s book ‘Written on Water’ is one of my favorite books in our library, I steal it often.
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. I need to complete some collages soon, semi-architectural, archigram-style.
I have only been collecting ‘collage material’ for eight years. I hold on to fragments that could one day be part of a piece, it is time to justify these attachments.
I can hear the words in my future memoir:
At the end of the aughts, beginning of the twenties, there was no work. We were all doing collages….they were beautiful. We had time to think, sometimes not, but we still had books, and paper, and ink.
Posted in Architecture, art,poetry,writing, Design, Desk Crit, digital collage, photography, writing, architecture, Drawing, F R A G M E N T S, school, School Work, tagged Adding and Subtracting, Addition, Architect, Architectural Construct, Architectural Design, Architecture, Architecture Model, Architecture Studio, artist, Composition, Cone, Cylinder, Design, Design Composition, desk crits, Drawing, Explorations, Felt Tip Pen, First Year Design studio, Foam Models, ink, ink drawing, Interpenetration, Marker, Materials, Miti Aiello, newschool of architecture and design, Orthographic Design, pathways, Platonic solids, Platonic Solids Exercises, san diego, Scale, Schematic Design, Shadow Calculation, Shadows, Sharpie, sketchbook, sketches, Sphere, Subtraction, Texture, Utopia, Volumetrics, White Model on September 2, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Architecture, art,poetry,writing, Books, Drawing, Lectures, NaBloPoMo, Spontaneous Constructs, Watercolor, tagged Architect, book, diane Y. Welch, Indipendent Women in Architecture, lillian rice, mango, san diego, Sincerely Yours, sketchbook, Watercolor on June 9, 2010 | 15 Comments »
Posted in Architecture, art,poetry,writing, Artuesdays, Blogging Artist Tutorial, Design, digital collage, photography, writing, architecture, Drawing, Quotes, Watercolor, tagged Architectural Sketch, Architecture, buildblog, Derwent Sketching, Drawing, ergonomic sketching pencil, Faber Castell Grip Matic, graphite, guiding lines, kneading eraser, mechanical pencil, san diego homes, sketchbook, sketching step-by-step for architecture students, sketching tutorial, Staedler eraser, the important of sketching, townhomes, tyranny of the straight line, Watercolor on February 16, 2010 | 7 Comments »
Happy Tuesday. Throughout my four years of teaching Tuesday has always been my ‘work at home’ day, the one costant in the changing tides of quarters, classes and schedules. Today I thought I’d start a special Tuesday section, when I have more time to start new projects. So here is the first artuesday: this is the view I wake up everyday to, small happy townhomes in earth colors. I always wanted to do a watercolor of these homes on the edge of urbanity and nature (they sit on a canyon in uptown San Diego). Yup, I live near a canyon, yet in the city, more on this later. So here is my progress, I started with some guiding lines and this is as far as I got today. The watercolor will be a simple wash.
[click to enlarge. Unfortunately, soft graphite drawings are infamous for not scanning well]
Drawing and leaning on car, then sitting on the curb or grass in front of each house in my neighborhood was fun, and different cause I *never* hang out near my house. I even met a neighbor who was an artist! Doing art outdoors can tell you so much about where you live, and I am so glad no paranoid people called neighborhood watch on me (:P)
I used a Derwent Sketching for roughing in the proportions, the (only) tree and the tree shadows. You can see my new Faber Castell mechanical pencil, bought in Kuwait. What a dream drawing tool, see how ergonomic it is? (ok I will stop showing off now).
Sometimes I see my students sketching from photos, and it breaks my heart: there is nothing like the training of the hand to succeed as a designer and architect. I like to tell them to use the verb ‘draw’ as in ‘drawing information’.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a dinosaur. I love Sketchup, as a 3D modeler use 3D Max, have done my fair share of CAD and Revit and Photoshop is my religion, but, as this article says, if you don’t know how to draw and sketch, and quickly convey your ideas through hand-eye coordination, your role as an architect will be very limited. Thank you to Andrew Duncan for sending me this.
Should rulers be outlawed when sketching? I believe in training your hand to be a plumb weight, creating straight yet ‘human’ lines.
Ah, the ‘Tyranny of the Straight Line’!