Sydney General Post Office, Martin Place NSW 2000

December 8, 2011

A4-size, Derwent pencils.

There is public seating hard up against the Christmas Tree and this is the view, the last of this week’s little series of most-difficult-to-sketch Sydney buildings from the Victorian era, all featuring Sydney sandstone and almost all with the obligatory clock tower. I left this one till last because of the severe foreshortening and perspective and I’ve gone for a looser style than normal. 

I’ve been working this week from photographs because of the ongoing monsoon rains we’ve been having. I’m ready to tackle these buildings sketching them on location.

I think the key is to work on the facade in sections, but doing only one complete section of the building (geometric-shape wise) at a time. I think if each “building block” is built up separately (and I’m learning how to define same with particular mark-making) then the whole is more likely to be coherent.

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