Traditional Pen & Ink – Landscape with Trees (2). Tempe Bus Depot

October 16, 2011

Today’s Landscape with Trees, done in traditional pen & ink (okay, so it’s Staedtler Fineliner o1) , is (1) local, (2) done from a photo and (3) closesly follows reality.

Just to get my head around doing Landscape in pen-and-ink, I have in mind copying Van Gogh, copying from my own photos, plus some on-site sketching. A focus over the next fortnight, as we come into the Sydney Architecture Festival, October 20-30.

The result is a lot quieter and a lot less hectic than the “painterly” exercise done yesterday. Still pretty rough – worked too quickly in the sense that I didn’t “stand back from it” regularly and create more interesting geometric shapes in the initial contour drawing. The range of mark-making is still pretty limited too. The building should be more refined to create a better contrast with the trees, which should be more hectic.

I was conscious of the recent discussion at the Borromini Bear Flickr website recently about multiple point perspective, but have yet to fully appreciate all the detail. With these ideas about perspective in mind, I have though pulled out some photos of local Sydney buildings, which I can later visit in person as well. Long live Borromini Bear!

I introduced some artistic licence; to be more painterly, I know I need to introduce more. I altered the details of the paling fence to create more visual interest (and contrast against the sleek lines of the brick building in the background.

This is a view of the Tempe Bus Depot, built 1900, from the north in Tramway Lane. Originally the site of a steam tram business from the 1850s, this huge brick building housed the new-fangled electric trams on the furthest point south of Sydney. When this shed was being built, the first automobile was imported into Australia.

It later housed Sydney double-decker buses and later still, the Sydney Bus & Tram Museum. The Museum has moved to Leichhardt and there’s currently a lot of construction work going on with the building, given that it’s now the headquarters of Sydney’s big red transit B-Double bendy buses, themselves an object for some urban sketching sometime. When the renovation has finished, it will be fun to re-visit this view and re-draw it, particularly differentiating the variety of trees. Sitting at the top of a hill, the depot completely dominates the surrounding area. It would be worth my while trying to capture this in some other drawings.

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