Sketching from the Neck Up #14

Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

(Eremo di Santa Caterina del Sasso)

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According to Wikipedia the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso is a Roman Catholic monastery located in the municipality of Leggiuno, in the Province of Varese and the region of Lombardy, Italy. It is perched on a rocky ridge on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore.

The monastery can be reached on foot by descending down a long winding stairway or by taking an elevator or by a number of ferry services or boats that dock at the pier.

The construction of the monastery dates from the 14th century, although the more recent frescos are from the 19th century. It consists of three buildings: the southern convent, the convent and the main church. In 1914 it was declared a national monument.

Check out the Google Earth or Google Map coordinates: 45.877411°N, 8.596887°E

http://www.santacaterinadelsasso.com

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Sketching from the Neck Up #12

The Good Ol’ Oak Tree

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Joyce Kilmer penned in her poem, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” In my virtual tour of Google Earth, I was exploring the State of South Carolina just near Charleston when I came upon a grand father of an oak tree known as the Angel Oak. A massive oak that is estimated to be 400-500 years old. Wikipedia says that it stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest branch distance is 187 ft in length.

I think way back in the early 70s, I have a vague recollection that my family (while cross-countrying) stopped over once to check it out. I was a kid then. The Angel Oak as I understand is a favorite subject of many artists. With their easyls propped under the heavy branches of the tree, they would sketch and paint away blissfully. I may not have the pleasure of actually be there to sketch my heart away but I do have a slew of pictures.

For my drawing, I really wanted to emphasize the age of this tree. I did the usual practice of outlining the the gnarled ol’ trunk and its many twisted branches. Then I applied Photoshop’s filter function which gave my drawing a basic charcoal look. But the results of the auto-render of the trunk and branches hardly showed any distinguishable features and I was not satisfied. So, I painstakingly erased only the auto-render of the trunk and branches. Then, I redid the trunk and branches using different Photoshop brushes and smudge tools.

I hope you like the results.

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Sketching from the Neck Up #9

Sketching Ruins Vicariously

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I like ruins. When I was younger (that is, my walking days), I had plans of going to Europe with several grades of pencils and a sketch pad in my hand. I wanted to draw castles, old structures and ruins. But those plans did not fall through. Forty years later, I’m more of a vicarious tourist. Thank the Lord for Google Earth and everybody else’s camera lens.

In the countryside outside Rome is the remnants of an ancient and remarkable feat of Roman engineering, the ruins of an aqueduct. This sketch is a little tricky since I always have trouble when water is involved. Hopefully, I got this right.

Expect more drawings of ruins.

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Sketching from the Neck Up #3

Phone Booth in the Countryside

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I truly appreciate the many photographers throughout the world that have contributed their work in the internet. I found an e-magazine that featured 40 of the “Most Beautiful Pictures of Villages around the World”. Of course, I could not help saving several landscape photographs that would make neat sketch/illustration subjects. Today’s subject is an English country landscape. How did I know it was English? Check out the only distinctive RED object across the country lane from the village church. That is clearly a phone booth, which is rarely seen these days, except maybe in England.

So, I thought how neat would this illustration be if I included an English phone booth in the foreground. I found a good photograph and sketched it out into an illustration. I have to say, I had fun with this project. By the way, if anyone recognizes this English village, please email me back, so that I can pinpoint it in Google Earth.

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