A recent article by Bryan Bicknell, CTV News London called "Buildings on the Brink" prompted me to revisit my "Save Me Series" from 2017. This illustration is based on my belief that old building have a soul. I combined my figure drawing, my love of architecture, my photo and an old photo I found on Toronto Public Library Archive site. If you look closely in the windows you will see "Save Me". I truly hope this building is repurposed and saved somehow. See more illustrations from the Save me Series.
Couple of process images
Sometimes an illustration gets in a pile of artwork and gets overlooked for awhile. This one "Camden Terrace (Front Elevation) was overlooked for a few years! Cleaning up studio and came across it this weekend. Illustration is from 2016 and in November of that year, the building was demolished. The building was located at 479-489 Talbot Street, and was built 1876-77.Second image is based on the architecture of Camden Terrace, in the window, it says "save me - you did not". The history of the architecture and the city is worth saving. Once it is gone, its gone forever.
This is (was) an example of "Terrace Housing". A 19th-century term for row housing, terrace housing refers to identical or mirror-image houses sharing side walls. Such terraces were a traditional British form of domestic architecture generally only found in the larger urban areas of Ontario. London has several examples. (Source: Jennifer grainger.blogspot.com)
Some notes from Architectural Conservancy Ontario, London Branch about its unique design:
I started a new sketchbook in December ... The Beer Sketchbook: Some people take photos of their food, I draw pictures of my beer. There are so many different kinds of beer: domestic, import, micro, craft, local, international... Why not taste test, record it and have fun doing it! Each recorded beer has to be unique. So the question is - how many different kinds of beer will I have over the course of a year?
This sketchbook project is a part social, (the conversations are always more interesting over beer), part history (could be the history of the beer, the brewery or maybe the location), part journal (the when, why, who).
This is BEER #19 (Moonshadow, a Berliner Weisse). After checking out the the 8th Annual Heritage Fair, Kym and I visited Storm Stayed Brewing Co.
Finally got back to a figure drawing session at TAP Centre for Creativity. These sessions are open to all, there is no instructor, just show up with $10 and your tools and draw for three hours. Great way to spend an afternoon.