00073-00078 – Westminster Cathedral, A windmill, and a housing project

28 April 2014 § Leave a comment

Another set of drawings here from my trip out to London.  Below is the Windmill I visited–whcih was quite an adventure to get to.  It was located at the very end of a train line, and then about a mile walk from the station.  It was worth it though–a very beautiful suburb, very quiet too, and it was beautiful weather.  It’s nice sometimes to be far away from home, in a place where you no noone and you have only yourself to rely on.

The other drawings are of Westminster Cathedral (different from Westminster Abbey)  and of a housing project–I will try to find the name because it was a very progressive idea & well done.

Whenever I think back of where I visited, I must say that I probably would not go out of my way to visit any of these places again.   Where I would again visit St Peters or Westminster Abbey or the Cliffs of Mohar, these sorts of places below could really only have been visited with ample amounts of time on hand.  It makes me sad to think I may not have a chance again in my life to spend months and months in London, free to roam & explore.

I guess I will have to try to do my best to see all of NYC!

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00068-00072 Two Cathedrals, London

24 March 2014 § Leave a comment

Two cathedrals in London; five drawings.  I had a really splendid time in London and often dream of going back.  The whole city is just one giant, architectural playground!  Unfortunately I can’t give a real update on all the things happening in my life, but enjoy these sketches!

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00063-00067 St. Pauls Cathedral, London

27 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello all! It has been almost a week since I have updated, and not for very good reason.  The combination of work, travel, and my birthday has prevented me from sitting down and uploading.. and studying for that matter.  I’ve seriously been slacking.  But now that it is almost March, and my first ARE exam is but a few weeks away, I need to rev back up full force into studying.

Which leaves me conflicted and also desperate for time.  With the addition of a few other ideas/projects, I need to really be very efficient with my time usage.  I will wake up at 630 AM from now on and spend the first hour doing my speed painting challenge.  My lunch breaks from now on will be used to study for my exam.  My evenings will be for writing & company work… and cooking! All the delicious cooking I can!  Somewhere in there I promise to also include my drawing.  I also will post up my paints & digital art as I work through those as well.

Below are several sketches from my 2010 visit to London!  I took a whole day to go visit St. Pauls Cathedral–a wonderful piece of architecture–and spent several hours touring the surrounding area & the cathedral itself.  It is beautiful!  These were completed with ink & graphite, with a touch of watercolor.

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00056-00062 The Woods

19 February 2014 § Leave a comment

This selection of sketches were done on site in New Jersey in the woods behind my house way back in 2010.  I think they came out great for what they were–quick thumbnails in the grass.  I have never been particularly good at landscape drawing (probably because I am always surrounded by architecture) so every now and then I try to focus a bit on it.   I used pencil for it seemed more natural at the time, and easier to utilize when trying to quickly capture a range of line weights.  Though I am an avid, avid ink enthusiast, on the occasions that I do use pencil, I carry along with me a small (travel-sized) can of hairspray. Hair spray acts like a fixative and I can quickly spray my drawings & fix the pencil (to reduce fading/smudging) right there on site.  Quite handy for anyone who regularly is on the go with their graphite!

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00049-00055 Syracuse street & Greenscape design

16 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Since it’s the weekend, I have continued with my efforts to reorganize my digital archive.  Through this process I have been setting aside sketches found from college years completed for my design projects.  The following set was for a project set in Syracuse city.  The initial sketch, done on site of the project location, I then made copies of & sketched over several times to explore different design ideas for the site.  The first two are the before (empty, on site sketch) and the after (the final design I selected).  I also included a few of the process images–there were tons of these, but the ones below are my favorites.
I also hope to , as I get a little more downtime, to colorize the initial sketch.

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00043-00045 Omega & Design

11 February 2014 § Leave a comment

The drawings below are from a study conducted in 2010 of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living.  It houses a huge eco-machine which breaks down & consumes pollutants in water.  I will post up some more drawings from my finalized studies later tonight!  The last drawing is a design for a ‘hydroponic card catalog cart’ that was a component to one of my design projects for my 3rd year comprehensive architecture studio–those drawings too will eventually appear on this website, and I believe you will find them delightful!

I have yet to scan in my most recent drawings.  I actually have been bad at keeping up with drawing every day.  I find that my plate is loaded with things I need to do–from running my company The Movement Creative, work everyday, studying for the ARE’s, research for my book (on play & architecture), losing weight/exercising, restructuring my data storage, redoing my website, and a handful of other goals I am trying to complete (read a book a month, sketch every day, etc).  Though I definitely can find time to draw, I feel that my biggest wall is that I want to draw something interesting.  I think I need to get over that though, and just draw everything and anything.  Cups, books, couches, people,–lots of people.  I’m not super interested in these items as standalone objects of study, but I think if I want to see the improvement in my technical skills over time, I need to just push forward to draw everything critically.

Hopefully when it gets warmer out as well, it will be easier to draw my objects of interest more often.

Caitlin Pontrella

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