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March 21, 2018

The day has arrived: I can roll out the big sheet of transparent paper, get the fine liner pens out, 0.5mm for most of the drawing, 0.3mm for finer details and 0.7mm for some heavier lines and dotting of trees, grass and sand. This can only mean one : I can start the f...

March 16, 2018

Back at the studio. The preliminary felt pen drawings are near enough ready and soon I can start the final fine liner pen version – yepee!

Some elements need a bit more tweaking e.g. the New Synagogue in the foreground. Everyone who knows the city would recognize it bec...

March 7, 2018

After a little long weekend break to discover the beautiful city of Bath and Salisbury’s magnificent and grant cathedral I am back in my studio.

Now it’s the Tiergarten’s turn, Berlin’s lush and green central park well placed between the city centres of former East and...

March 2, 2018

I am moving further west towards the former no man’s land along the wall between east and west. As one might expect a lot of building work has been done in this void right in the middle of the city.

Potsdamer Platz, prewar Berlin’s Piccadilly Circus and then cut right t...

February 28, 2018

Whenever I do high-rise buildings or tower blocks I need to be more structured and stay closer to the rules of accurate perspective drawing to make them look right and not somehow clumsily wrong.

Whereas otherwise I handle the rules of perspective rather intuitively, he...

February 23, 2018

After the weekend and a few days of duty manning the Arty Globe shop, it’s time to get back to the drawing board.

I get the felt pens out and model the rough marker sketches into distinctive buildings with the right amount of characteristic detail. I specifically love t...

February 13, 2018

Sketch level is moving further east towards Alexanderplatz and the centre of former East Berlin, not the most historical neighbourhood nowadays (even though these are actually the oldest parts of the city), but the desire for a representative “socialist capital city ce...

February 12, 2018

Oh dear, after such a long break I have the itch in my hand and feel definitely the urge to grab pens and paper and get back to the drawing board…

So let’s get the marker pen out and cross the river Spree to Museum Island. First draft of the different museums, the Berli...