The view from the Rockefeller Centre was New York’s finest; city one side, park the other. Whichever direction you looked there would be a number of iconic buildings and places.
Initially this photo was put aside, too complex to draw. A year after my trip I fancied a project and this was the photo I wanted to tackle. The iconic Empire State Building in the centre attracted me to the photo and I loved One World Trade holding up the rear skyline, the huge skyscraper looking so small in the background.
As an experiment with this drawing I filmed the process with a go pro to make an animation - 12 hours of drawing in 1 minute.
NYC take two
The Empire State Building is an icon of NYC, you see it in postcards and snow globes, it is always the view of it and never the view from it. Here you were in the heart of the built up city and looking down you could make out how all the buildings fitted together, like one 3D puzzle on a huge scale.
The city was overwhelming and impossible to absorb everything when standing looking. Through this drawing I noticed all the intricacies of the city and the buildings which I missed whilst there, the water tanks on the buildings, the roof gardens and the details of the building tops.
The London series are all buildings in the city which are along the route of the London Marathon. In 2019 I will be running the London Marathon and these drawings are part of my scheme to fundraise for my charity Age UK.
I wanted to do something a little different to fundraise, I love London, I love drawing and I love running (most of the time) so combining the three has been a fun and fitting solution.
Hopefully between now and the marathon this collection will grow and help to help those in need
Postcards from my travels
Aside from work and drawing a passion of mine is to travel and this is where these two have combined. I visit a building or landmark, sit, take it in, enjoy it and return with a photograph. By drawing from the photographs on my return I can enjoy my travels again and notice so much more about the building that I missed at first. This is what I love about drawing, whether it be buildings or animals, the things I see I can record in my own hand
After finishing NYC:2 I was slightly lost as to what to draw next. I hunted through boxes and found one of many part full sketch books I have collated, but this one was 12cm x 12cm - small! Realising I had lots of photographs of buildings & landmarks I had taken from travels I started to fill this small sketchbook with miniatures.
Now there are only a few pages left in this sketch book, I’m not sure whether to look back through my photos…or travel to take more