The Russell Hotel, Sydney – preparatory

August 25, 2012

5B graphite pencil, with added colour pencil in the three primary colours (red, ochre yellow and sky blue), 5-minute compositional thumbnails so I don’t get bogged down in detail – the whole page is 8×11″.

Some preparation prior to drawing it on-site; there is public seating on the footpath opposite. I want to tie this in with the Museum of Contemporary Art building (Art Deco 1930s) across the road and its recent extension.

There’s nothing like a corner block to do some architectural showing-off. The Federation Queen Anne tower is the main feature; in the restoration of this boutique hotel in The Rocks district, the red door has become a focal point. The building at 143-143a George Street dates from 1887. 

For an aerial view (accommodating the chimney next to the tower in particular), I ought to check out the pedestrian walkway of the Cahill Expressway.

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