Congratulations to all the people who prepared London for the successful opening ceremonies of the summer olympics.
Here’s a sketch I did of Big Ben back in 1985, when it was covered in scaffolding. (I’m a huge fan of scaffolding.)
Here’s a close-up detail. When I’m drawing a subject like this, which is infinitely complex, I try to be accurate but impressionistic, suggesting detail with somewhat abstract strokes drawn in perspective.
I used two hardnesses of graphite pencil, HB and 2B, as well as a little bit of light gray ink wash.
On Monday I'll be giving a talk on composition at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. July 30, 2012 @ 6:30 pm.