Those of you who read my recent article Drawing The Colosseum will know all about the trials and tribulations that came with that illustration, why I nearly gave up and why completing the cross hatching was the best thing I could have done. This drawing from the Durham Cathedral Cloisters is the first in a series of drawings designed to express how magnificent this building is and why I was so inspired to draw it.
Art Inspiration & Drawing Ideas
It was only after drawing the Colosseum and visiting Durham Cathedral that I asked myself how have I not even considered drawing this amazing AD 1093 building regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture. Living only 20 minutes away from it and passing it regularly by train or car, this has got me thinking, what else is near by that I take for granted. Next time you walk around your local area, look around with artists eyes. Take your camera and go for a walk early in the morning, photographing what you see, do the same in the afternoon when the sun is going down and see those same views in a different light (literally).
Using The Cross Hatching Technique
This drawing is looking through one of the windows from the Cathedral Cloisters at the towers, created using the cross hatching technique with a 0.1 Fineliner Pen and Indian Ink. Time Lapsed to create the speed drawing above, when you are as inspired to draw something as I was for this, motivation is not a problem.
What do you do when you just can’t think of something to draw? How do you get past ‘Artists Block’? Let us know at Dark Design Graphics what you do when you are itching to create, but you just don’t know what to create. Add your hints and tips in the comments section below, or tell us what you have taken for granted in your area.
The second drawing for this project is Durham Cathedrals columns.
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