Four spikes

Even though I draw most every day, I am always ready for a challenge. And perspective is a challenge — it just never gets any easier. The St. Joachim presbytery in Pointe Claire has all these great spikes that pierce the sky but boy are these things hard to draw. I did this in my Moleskine sketchbook with a MUJI mechanical pencil and many sighs of frustration.


13 Comments on “Four spikes”

  1. Andrea Rule says:

    Well, maybe perspective doesn’t get any easier, but you got it on the steeples.  I really enjoy your art. Thank you. Andrea Rule

  2. Connie Renaud says:

    You did a magnificent job. I love drawing architecture – I need to try this piece. Connie

  3. Patti says:

    Being from Pointe Claire, I love seeing your wonderful artwork illustrating places around the West Island. They bring back memories.

    • Thanks Patti. If you love the West Island you will certainly find lots on here. I would say that the majority of sketches are done in Pointe Claire, Beaconsfield and sometimes Ste. Anne’s.

      • Patti says:

        Many of the Pte. Claire scenes are very familiar as my Mom Janet Proudfoot has been sketching and painting local scenes for years. It is fun to see the same scenes done in different styles.

  4. Perspective certainly is a challenge, but even when we get it right or slightly less than right, a sketch is still a sketch, and a capture of a subject in a way that no photograph can touch. For me, it’s one thing to be able to visually judge the hight versus the width of a detail before laying pen down to paper, but judging angles on perspective is a far greater skill, especially where the perspective is not on a singular line or plane, but in variating linear patterns like seen here. Nicely done, and I love the treatment of the roofing shingles in particular.

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