Double portrait of house designs #327 and #331, drawn on two separate pages next to each other so that the garden wall, the landscaping, the sky, the trees, and anything else joins together seamlessly. The angle of perspective is also critical for it to look "right", with house #327 angled out just a bit more then house #331, which is almost a straight-on view. WIP of course, but illustrates how a scene like this can come together. First time I draw two houses together like this. Pencil drawing drawn from imagination, as usual...
Beautiful house 331, in a beautiful environment.
Sometimes I look at your work and I wonder who in this day and age would live in houses like these? The three bears? Maybe I'm too much a city girl to appreciate living in them but I could stare at the beautiful houses all day long (:
We all need to act like the three bears sometimes. Or Cinderella. City living is stressful and un-natural for the human animal, too much sensory overload. I like big cities, but not to live there permanently. Where are you? Contact with nature is essential, in my view. But thanks for nice comments...
I want to live here!
So beautiful, I would like to have a house like these one day.
I love the second one, it's beautiful. I'd love to build it, if i had the cash of course.
where did you get the references for the houses? there wonderful
I've been asked that a lot. They go back pretty far into my sketchbooks and photo collection, as well as books. These are both based roughly on 1920's era Tudor-inspired homes in America, and have details and proportions typical to the class. There were a lot of plan books marketed at that time also, a great place to get ideas. I might start with a "shape" of house (the massing and general proportions from somewhere, sketch into my sketchbook (as far as 10 years ago in some cases), then do a more detailed version, make significant changes, add details, and improve it. Then later, I do a first floor plan , make MORE changes (adjust windows, add a dormer,) and draw front and side elevations. By the time I'm done, it's my own creature. I spent years travelling through 47 states taking pictures of old houses with a 35mm camera. Now, I almost never look at those and just draw freely new homes... These two homes have no "reference," they are drawn from imagination, no photos, no computer models, etc.
Wow, those are beautiful houses! Hope you draw the interior! They look old but they must be beautiful!
Yes, I also BUILD interiors, even as I renovate my own house. Typically anything I design is all wood paneling, wood beams, brick, maybe stone details, interior windows, built-in cabinets and shelves everywhere, etc. Very premium.
Very nice job mate! Your houses look great Really like the shading done on 331
Thanks, that one is interesting because it's the first time I put a lot of emphasis on sun and shade, especially in the shadows from the tree on the roof. The other one I'll do later...
I like that they angle down to root themselves in earth. Especially 327. They remind me of C.F.A. Voysey's work, but they're more complex and varied than his.
Very good eye! I like Voysey and studied drawings and photos of his stuff. I think a house should look like it grew up from the land. Foundations need to have little details like buttresses and short garden walls to tie the house to the land. Good comment...
I don't know anything about architecture or Voysey, but had to butt in and tell you how much I like this comment. And beautiful work up there!
I read his book. Or at least a decent book about him. Love the giant rainbarrels and the heart-shaped cutouts in chair backs. And the garden walls and buttresses, too, of course. He's one of my favourites, as is H.H. Richardson, and course my very favourite, the bombastic but supremely talented F.L. Wright. I like your work; I've a fondness for storybook style. Wright did one called the Chauncy Williams house in 1894, if I recall correctly, before he got Prairie religion.
Yes, his stuff was interesting even in his early years. Richardson was amazing, but more importantly, he spawned a huge movement across America to build "Richardsonian Romanesque," very stout buildings indeed, mostly huge stones and other masonry. Almost every city has stuff in that style, including churches, railroad stations, huge homes, courthouses, etc. His legacy and influence was huge. Strangely enough, he too was looking for an American architecture suited to our landscape, climate, and sensibility.
I like his rusticated treatment of the stones. He did some nice smalltown railway stations, too, along with the more monumental work.
Yes. Also Frank Furness, very good unusual railroad stations in Philly area...
Yeah. Broad Street Station! Hardly anybody ever mentions him. But I did see him mentioned in an art and architecture text when I was in school decades ago in a general art history course. I'm a railroad buff, so I'm a bit more tuned in to station architecture than most.
House on the right is awesome. Distinct Tudor feel with the woodwork on the front.
Such beautiful houses! great work!