The Longroom in London. Weird because it’s surrounded by office buildings, so it seems to cater mostly to the City crowd, but actually is quite nice and serves a nice array of microbrews, yay. Plus a good friend of mine works there, so there you have it. It also looks much more sleek in reality than here, but I only had a moment for a sketch and had to fill in the details, so it resembles a logger’s hut… By the way, spellcheck just tried to correct ‘microbrews’. It went for microbes.
I think it’ll be some time before I can post something new as I’ll be trying to draw something really big for my sister by way of a birthday/Christmas present. It will be time-consuming, and time is what I don’t have right now <fatalistic sigh>
This little castle – the Ujazdowski Castle – contains the Warsaw Modern Art Centre (CSW or Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej in the beautiful Polish tongue). Hmm, what can I say about it… I’ve never seen an exhibition that I actually enjoyed there (but I may have slightly parochial taste). And… they have a good restaurant but the service is glacially slow… And, erm… the view from the balcony is really nice. And the little park below is where I once cut an apple tart with a sword. Seriously.
The river Danshui in Taipei – a place of retreat. Well, when I say retreat, I mean somewhere where the noise of the traffic is a bit further removed and there is some sense of space. Not a lot of it, though. But I liked to hang out there, especially in the evening. This picture actually unfinished, but I thought it looked kind of nice. Yes, there is actually a barely visible line of ground under the fishermen, they’re not floating insubstantially in the air. And no, I don’t know whether anyone should eat anything that survived in this water…
Another sketch from the Aventino hill in Rome. I have to say, there IS one building that I didn’t like there – and it just so happened to be the biggest one. Il Vittoriano, I think, it’s called. You can see it from almost everywhere and it’s always equally large and imposing (it’s the thing with the statue on top). Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks that. But apart from that: the place is lovely, lovely, lovely. Miss Rome!
Here’s a little drawing that I started during an incredibly useless training that I wasn’t even supposed to be at (I was standing in for a colleague that was supposed to stand in for our manager). Most of the other people were in the same situation, so it ended up as a manager training for a bunch of people none of whom were managers. And even if we were, it would still be useless. And no, I’m not just saying that. It actually would.
So… there it is! This is how useful I am as a part of this whole institutional structure I work for!
(The whole drawing is done in ball-point pen on a piece of work notebook – I cut the bottom with the logo off! – except for the sky, which I added in water-colour. And of course not including the colour tampering in Iphoto!)
Another shot from Rome. I’ve done the sketch for this while sitting at the Aventino hill. It was one of my favourite moments of the trip. The view was amazing, the weather was perfect, the people were few. A few steps away there’s an early Christian empty basilica and a monastery. Walking round the hill and the buildings, for the first time in my life I actually cried from all these aesthetic emotions (and the second time was a few days later in St. Peter’s). What a wuss have I become!
A drawing I started in a cafe last November, while waiting for some friends. This is what I saw through the window. It’s the end of a fashionable street in Warsaw, with expensive shops and fancy bars, and it ends up with a kind of shopping centre. Kind of touristy and stuck up, but… well, could be worse. Plus it’s close.
Warsaw has yet to create its own artsy area (okay, there is one, ish, but it’s far and not necessarily safe in the evenings – too much bother!). There are some fun places popping up here and there these days, so there is potential. In any case, every time someone says that Warsaw is ugly, us locals have a great answer for that: y’know, it’s because of the WW II and the Warsaw Uprising, y’know, we fought the Nazis, we lost, so they blew everything up and we had to rebuild it from scratch, only by that time the Soviets had already come, so… But at least we fought, eh? Eh? EH?
On a serious note, though – it would be wonderful to see Warsaw as it used to be before, and it’s so sad that all of what was once a beautiful city was destroyed and then rebuilt in this horrible Soviet style…
UPDATE: WordPress played up yesterday as I was posting this, and it seems like I double-posted the same thing. Happens… But – so many likes on both of them, thank you!
A random place somewhere in the London City, where I was waiting for a friend. I was lucky to get there before the crowds of City boys poured out on the streets, ha ha. But it was a nice little winery with nice people in it, so…
And then we went for Indian food – oh yeah, oh yeah!