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A Lovely Bit Of Gothic

14 Oct

Ink drawing: The Gothic Station in Copenhagen.

We visited friends in Copenhagen last winter – lovely city – amazing towers everywhere. We climbed one of them – The Church of our Saviour, a twisty one that went up 300 feet or so. Not a good idea, not a good idea at all when you’re terrified of heights! I’d intended to draw from the top, but ended up clutching the wall and handrail, whimpering in terror while small children skipped merrily past, oblivious to the hideous life threatening danger. I stayed at ground level from then on.

Although I normally draw people [and cats], it’s nice to draw the places I visit because it’s more memorable than taking photos. It’s easy to rattle off thousands of digital images but what are you going to do with them all when you get back home? I prefer to look critically around me for something interesting and memorable to draw [and if I’m honest, something that I’m capable of drawing lol].

We’d been on our feet for hours and wandered into Copenhagen’s magnificent train station. We sat down for a coffee and a rest and I drew the scene in front of me. It’s a gorgeous mess of stone, cast iron and wood, cathedral-like in places, soaring high above modern bland, mass produced kiosks. It’s a challenge drawing architecture so that it doesn’t end up looking like an architectural drawing. There’s no point in that – the architect did it better!


The drawing is in Faber Castell Pitt pens into an A6 Cotman watercolour sketchbook.


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