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Old 11-04-2019, 12:58 PM
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Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

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Just finished this one over the weekend. It's 8 x 12 in a sketchbook. C&C welcome.

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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

That's an excellent drawing!
I know it's black and white but it's like jewel, so many facets!
Definitely a treasure ... I like the vignette composition.
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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

Yep this is very good Andy, perhaps a more certain & defined description of the direction of light might of perfected it ? , even if it was not so obvious on the reference ?
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Old 11-05-2019, 02:59 PM
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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

Thank you for the input! I tried darkening some areas. The reference pic had no shadows (it was a very grey day) but I guess I needed to go darker!
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:34 PM
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I tried darkening some areas. The reference pic had no shadows (it was a very grey day) but I guess I needed to go darker!

Have a look at Herbert Railton illustrator - he was a shining example of P&I architecture using line work.
Anyway I didn't necessarily mean you had to go darker, more that there should be more contrast between the parts facing the sun & those that don't.
One thing you might like to try is to only suggest those parts that catch the sun light,using a very thin pen & broken line. Sort of - as if the sun had bleached out those parts of the drawing that face the light !
Hint- if right next to those bleached out parts you put your darkest & heaviest shadow that "drama" of contrast in the adjacent features will lend great power & interest to your architecture.
Also NO reference is ever really just right for P&I work ,so do not be afraid in architectural drawings especially to just "wing it a bit" by supposing the light is coming from about say..... a 10'o'clock angle then put a light pencil line in & considering the shapes of the building as you do it - Just make the fall of light it up !
You can get away with this very nicely if you have drew your light direction pencil line from some clue on the drawing where the genuine light direction was somewhat apparent in the reference.
Really like your aesthetic on pen work Andy
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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

Thanks for all the great tips, Mike. I'm always looking to improve my work.
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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

Yes indeed this is a lovely drawing. Keep going you are way down there road already. My only recommendation would be to look at consistency of shadow. For instance the wall facing right on the second highest tower is quite dark, almost black, but walls facing in the same direction on towers below are nearly white. For me the fun part of any drawing is at the end when you do those tiny adjustments to make the drawing pop.
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Very nice drawing, Andy. Lots of nice little details to explore.
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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

Lovely work Andy! I have a soft corner for architectural subjects and you have created a very nice drawing. I totally agree with Mike. A little more drama with light would enhance this very much.
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Fantastic work, Andy!
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Beautiful!
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Re: Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France

VERY well done - reminds me of some of the ink work seen in Pennell's book PEN DRAWINGS and Pen Draughmen...........
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Tricky perspective superbly handled. Quite a challenge without using wash.
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So much to look at in this, it's wonderful.
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