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What makes Istanbul great? an illustrative architectural guide

What makes Istanbul great? an illustrative architectural guide

I’ve always enjoyed doing illustrative notes like these. As an architect and an Urban Design graduate, finding different characteristics of the places I’ve visited is what makes travel exciting. Doing notes likes this does take time – mostly trying to figure out the composition. Lately I’ve started to do drafts in the smaller moleskine as below:   These...
Beginners Drawing Tip - Straight Lines

Beginners Drawing Tip – Straight Lines

I’ve posted this on instagram but I thought I’d shared this here too. Drawing Tips – Straight lines – achieving consistency (for Beginners and non-architectural background) Architectural drawings are meant to communicate ideas and info to as many people as possible. At the heart of this is the simple straight line. I spend many years...
Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

A late start to the day and decided to visit Suleymaniye Mosque. Built in 1550 by Suleyman the Magnificent, it’s the biggest mosque in Istanbul and its ground has a magnificent view overlooking the horn of Istanbul. Well worth the visit. Am still feeling a bit rusty drawing today – most probably due to unfavorable...
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Was one of the first to queue at 9am and spent a couple of hours taking photos, sketching and marveling at this incredible Byzantine church turned mosque turned museum. Drawing Hagia Sophia on location is really daunting. I get incredibly nervous drawing historically important landmark having learned the history. This was my 3rd attempt at...
Yokohama International Passenger Terminal

Yokohama International Passenger Terminal

Was browsing through photos (or sketches) I wanted to upload today and came across a couple of images I really liked from my trip to Japan. The Yokohama Terminal was one of the architectural highlights of the trip yet it was one that I didn’t plan upon visiting due to lack of time. Yet on...
Prince Albert Memorial - Places You Take Granted For..

Prince Albert Memorial – Places You Take Granted For..

It was yet another cloudy afternoon. Having left Berlin just over 3 weeks ago, I was on a mission to visit the museums area in South Ken looking for an inspiration to draw London. It has been awhile since I’ve visited these clusters of world-famous museums (which includes the V&A, Natural History and the Science...
Drawing Sydney Harbour

Drawing Sydney Harbour

I can't explain how breathtaking this view is of the Sydney Harbour. Can't help but point out how great architecture could transform and define a city. Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful buildings I've seen. . Apologies. This sketch is not doing it a justice.
Sambadrome - Rio Carnival

Sambadrome – Rio Carnival

Sambadrome, Rio Carnival 2014 - Never realised that the main event was held in a purposely built stadium designed by the great Oscar Niemeyer in the heart of Rio de Janeiro
MASP under construction - Sao Paulo

MASP under construction – Sao Paulo

MASP Art Museum São Paulo under construction circa 1960s / em construcao cerca de 1960
São Paulo - Cerquiera Cesar bairro

São Paulo – Cerquiera Cesar bairro

São Paulo - Cerquiera Cesar bairro / neighbourhood
Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo

São Paulo - Aerial view at the beginning of Paulista Avenue, São Paulo's central artery for commerce and shopping
Arches of Umayyad Mosque

Arches of Umayyad Mosque

Arches of Umayyad Mosque in Damascus now severely threatened by civil war