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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St. Pauls Cathedral

Inside St. Pauls Cathedral

Dome of St. Pauls Cathedral

Drawing of St. Pauls Cathedral

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!

Caitlin Pontrella

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00046-00048 Around & Underground the town

14 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Happy Valentines Day!  I was actually thinking I might look through some of my old sketches to see if I ever did anything on a Valentines Day but I got caught up with another project last night–building a fort in my apartment!  We have a huge galvanized steel bar set that we use for our Parkour events that we reconfigured in our apartment.  My partner and I did an excellent job and, as a bonus, once the sheets come off the fort it actually is a fantastic indoor mini-parkour-gym, so double win.  Plus tonight we’ll be cooking our own dinner; fresh cuts of ribeye with selections from our very first farm-fresh delivery from Nextdoorganics (A pay-as-you-go CSA that I highly recommend to anyone living in Brooklyn).  I will definitely be doing a drawing of that as well once a week! I love food and I love brooklyn!

Anyways, these three drawings reflect that I have been very bad at drawing every day for the last two weeks.  I have only accomplished about 4 drawings between January 29th and Today…. 😦  I will draw double time this weekend and next week to make up for it a little bit. But.. most of them will probably be of indoor things since the snow just doesn’t stop. 😦

January 29th – On the subway on a Friday after work on the subway.  This woman, I wish I had time to capture in water color; golden brown furry coat with matching boots, bright blue jeans, dull red hat, and a tangle of scraggly brown hair.
February 2nd – Washington Square Park as I walked through before/after my NY AIA Review seminar for the ARE BDCS (Less than 2 months away now!)
February 11th – The stairwell in a downtown Manhattan subway station as I was waiting to transfer from the J to the M train.  I really like axonometric drawings…

Caitlin Pontrella Sketchbook

Washington Square

NYC Subway

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

Caitlin Pontrella

Caitlin Pontrella

00037-00042 – Tea & Music

5 February 2014 § Leave a comment

A few final sketches from the 2008-2009 sketchbook, from a visit to a tea shop and my sisters high school band concert.

This past weekend I attended an ARE seminar at the Center of Architecture in NYC.  It wasn’t as useful as I was hoping, and found it very sparce in terms of content.  However, what was useful was watching them walk through the Vignettes.  I do have a sketch from Washington Sq Park & of City Hall that I will upload sometime this week.

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00030 – 00036 – Silodam, Sketches, and Trucks

31 January 2014 § Leave a comment

No explanations for these, just some more doodles from the 2008-2009 book.  Only a few more from that book that are worthy posting left after this.  Had a very busy busy day today at work; we have a lot of projects in the pipeline that need to go through Public Design Commission review.  It is an intensive process and a detail-oriented commission that requires exacting detail to be paid to formatting, presentation, materials, etc.  Enjoyable most of the time, but very time consuming and, of course, frustrating.

I have caught up with my daily sketches and will be sure to upload the set of them on Monday!  More city hall & subway people.  Tonight Jesse &I are going to be attempting our version of Pimm’s Cup, so hoping to get a sketch or two of those gorgeous drinks as well.  Tomorrow I am attending a seminar at the AIA for the ARE BDCS exam.  Sometimes I feel like I am never going to know everything I need to–that there is no way to be truly prepared for these exams…  Oh well, though I do intend to get some sketches there.

Also–absolutely need to get to the Folk Art museum before MOMA goes and tears it down. 😦

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