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.