A new drawing of West Bow or Victoria Street; one of Edinburgh’s iconic streetscapes.
There is still a little editing to do on the upper half, but the drawing is all but complete. I wanted to explore a different way of projecting the image of a street and so turned to an ‘unfolded’ (or in this case flattened) architectural edit of the street as it curves its way from the Grassmarket up to the George IV Bridge.
Victoria Street was built between 1829-34 as part of a series of improvements to the Old Town, with the aim of improving access around the city. Inspired by Thomas Hamilton’s drawing of 1830, I decided to map the facades and context to reflect the current vibrancy of this beautifully curving landmark.
Historic Environment Scotland’s archives have no drawings beyond Hamilton’s measured elevations of 1830 which records the eclectic properties that pre-dated the late Georgian redevelopment that we see today. My drawing updates this and captures the equivalent contemporary elevations – drawn by hand and digitally coloured to celebrate one of our most visited streets.
My drawing is available to order in various formats as a giclee print. As a continuous coloured strip it measures 1.4m wide and so can be split into halves, resized or reformatted to suit requirements. The top image in this post is designed to fit a standard 70cm by 50cm frame so is slightly smaller than a standard A1 sheet. Please get in touch if you would be interested in ordering one. There is something very appealing about the panoramic, unfolded street though!
A small selection of new drawings made for the 3 Harbours Winter Festival Exhibition held over the 22nd to 25th February in Prestonpans Town Hall.
The drawings are an ‘idea in progress’, starting to record the various layers of space that enclose the harbour at Port Seton in East Lothian. They will also form part of my submission for the summer festival in late June into early July this year.Each building, wall, opening, yacht and boat has been carefully hand drawn before being scanned and coloured digitally, producing a series of composite drawings. These harbours are a rich visual catalogue of working and living places, full of detail and idiosyncrasy. Each one of its own character.
These are all now available as giclee prints, ranging from the large coloured poster (91x61cm) where the buildings are drawn at a scale of approximately 1:100 down to the smaller A4 colour prints. POA, and ready to post to the UK.
I live and work in Edinburgh and am always looking for new drawing opportunities – so please have a browse and get in touch if there is a special place that you would like a lasting memory of.
I draw images of buildings and spaces from on-site observation. The drawings are tailored to reflect the spatial and architectural quality of the location, using clean and simple line drawing pen skills. I love to draw and record the everyday through detailed perspectives and cartoons.
Commissions include house or building portraits, views of interiors and views from favourite windows or places of interest. The drawings can be tailored for a range of digital or printed media formats and sizes depending on need. Contact me to discuss your project and which product might suit you best.
Call Andy on 0797 117 2250.