Tag: drawing

St. Mark’s

I love these pencil sketches by Ruskin that he later filled in with watercolor or colored pencil


John Ruskin

Levi van Veluw: Veneration


A drawing of neurons by Santiago Ramón y Cajal (click photo for more information)

the Berlin sketchbooks of Keir Edmonds

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Will Eisner: The Spirit

Constable: Trees on Hampstead Heath

Frank Lloyd Wright, draftsman

In Huxtable’s biography of Wright she often comments on the beauty and precision of his pencil sketches: all his professional life he started his days by sharpening, with a knife, his colored pencils. These are from Time.

Raphael’s apostles 

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


London Bridge 

Imagined reconstruction of old London Bridge; pencil drawing by Paul Stroud

(via Bookmarking Book Art — Leilei Guo | Books On Books)

plansofarchitecture: Alberto Burri, Grande Cretto, 1984-2015, Gibellina, Sicily

John Ruskin, 65 Casa Contarini Fasan, Venice (1841). Ashmolean.

from “The Critic’s Art”; “Windows of the Fifth Order,” drawing by John Ruskin from his Modern Painters

Drawing from a Photograph of Part of Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa, John Ruskin

John Ruskin, Decoration by Disks: Palazzo dei Badoari Partecipazzi, 1851, Vol. 1 of The Stones of Venice; from an exhibition at the University of Mary Washington

Gian Paolo Panini
Villa Albani, Rome
18th century
Morgan Library, New York

Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London — from a post on The Computer vs. the Hand in Architectural Drawing. 

Philip Webb, drawing for the Red House

Ionisch basement en kapiteel met varianten, Giovanni Battista Montano, 1636, Rijksmuseum

Richard Norman Shaw

Richard Norman Shaw

Richard Norman Shaw

thingsmagazine: Allan McNab, Atrani, 1926

momalibrary: Subtle cover design alert: the skyline appears to be printed to show through the unbleached muslin binding, resulting in an atmospheric image. The interior is equally elegant, featuring traditional page layout and typography. Henry Holmes Smith. The Chicago Landscapes of Art Sinsabaugh: A History of the Photographer (self-published, 1976).

thingsmagazine: Aaron Ho

from an intricate hand-drawn map of London

architectural-review: Design for a West End Club House from the RIBA Library Drawings Collection

John Ruskin, An Italian Village

Ruskin’s drawing of Giacomo Boni, The Palazzo Dario, Venice

Narrowboaters’ Cooperative

drawingarchitecture: Mariuo Ricci, Cattedrale Multiculturale, 2015.

drawingarchitecture: Charlie Hodgson, Untitled I (Tribalism, Brutalism & Defensive Architecture), 2015, Ink, Acrylic and Coloured Pencils on Panel.

drawingarchitecture: Nicole Marple, Capture to Catalog, Mixed Media 2014.

archimaps: Rendering of the Chrysler Building during construction, New York City

archimaps: Erastus Salisbury Field’s Historical Monument of the American Republic (via BLDGblog)

drawingarchitecture: Matthew Darmour-Paul, “De-Composite” 2014, Copic Markers on Tan Strathmore, 8.5” x 5.5”.

rindertjagersma: Onderwijsinge in de perspective const | Hondius. The Hague, 1622.

architectural-review: Ralf Alwani, Mitten Crab Fishery and Eel Aquaculture

thingsmagazine: Machine a Vapeur, Michel Clement, c 1857-1860

thingsmagazine: David Hockney, ‘The Desk’

drawingarchitecture: Nicole Marple, 2014, Mixed Media.

rindertjagersma: Onderwijsinge in de perspective const | Hondius. The Hague, 1622.

Raphael, Head of a Young Apostle

Raphael, Head of a Muse

biblipeacayPablo Picasso etching for poetry book by Robert Desnos: ‘Contrée’, R. Godet, Paris, 1944 (B. 362; Ba. 689; C. books 39)the complete set of one etching, hors-texte, title, text in French, table of contents and justification, on Lafuma pur fil.  [source]


Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová. I read about this woman in Signals from Unknown: Czech Comics 1922-2012, Googled her, and found a HuffPo article had been posted 9 hours before my Googling. Good timing. It promotes the exhibit The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová.


Medieval John Lennon

This familiar-looking face features in a Latin grammar book from the 15th century. The schoolbook includes entertaining scenes that encourage students in the challenging task of learning Latin. I like this image – and not just for its early depiction of a pair of glasses. It appeals to me because I imagine looking at a medieval portrait of John Lennon. It is not often that an image from a distant past connects so vividly to a modern – familiar – face. I wonder what the medieval student who used this book thought of this portrait. I fear that without the positive connection of Lennon this is merely a squinty-eyed, somewhat sour-looking person. Or worse: the student’s Latin teacher.

Pic: Uppsala, University Library, C 678. Image taken from this blog on the book, which provides additional images.