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January 19th, 2015

Carson Cottage

CARSON COTTAGE
Architectural illustrator Andrew Banks created this pen and ink study of a small, historic building situated in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. “This is a building I have had my eye on for quite a while but only until recently got around to sketching. Carson Cottage, a Victorian era building, built in 1888 sits in the Lincoln Park Zoo. The cottage was designed by Joseph Silsbee, accomplished 19th century architect, known for his contributions to the World Columbian Exposition. Originally built as a public “comfort station”, the building has since been restored and used by the Chicago Park District and local volunteer gardening program.

I laid the sketch out in pencil. Situated in between large trees and surrounded by a tall garden of native plants, I wanted the composition of the sketch to capture the density of the building’s natural surroundings and how perfectly the building compliments its context. One of the things I love about Chicago is that within such a large metropolis, it is easy to find beautiful scenes like this. Unless you knew otherwise, one would assume this was sketched in a forest preserve or countryside somewhere. Positioning the cottage under a canopy and behind the dense garden, I “framed” the cottage in my sketch using the building’s context.

Using two fountain pens filled with black ink, each with a different sized nib, I was able to create some variety of line weights, distinguishing the foreground from background. I also used a brush pen, filled with a grey ink to create the shadows. I really liked how this Delta Series paper allowed me to push values without compromising the integrity of the paper at all. From the dark, bold lines in the trees to the cross hatching on the building and the garden in the foreground, I did not have to worry about how much I worked the drawing.”

MEDIA: Ink and ink wash
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

Carson Cottage, Lincoln Park [BANKS] (1024x725)

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