Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Guest Post from Laura!

Hey there everyone! This is Allison's friend Laura. I've been silently viewing your lovely posts for a while, and I just got back from an architecture study abroad in China, so I wanted to share the best of my sketches! These are all from Shanghai - we didn't do as much drawing once we were in Beijing.

This is a totally weird modern building in Shanghai. I think the architects thought that the whole world would look like the Jetson's, so they decided to get ahead of the game. There's no way to draw this building without having it look like a penis. 

I think this was my favorite modern building in China - this museum is beautiful and I like the emphasis of the horizontal in the design. 

Shikumens means "iron gate house" and they used to be all over Shanghai, but they've mostly been torn down and replaced with replicas. It makes the city feel like Epcot a lot of the time.

Perspectives are hard, and my attention span was short on this one.

This is a copy of the old-style characters. I wish writing still looked like this, although it probably wasn't very efficient. But it's so beautiful!

I did this rubbing at a temple that was built in the 12th century. I didn't have a crayon so I used a leaf. The character means spring, and it's a lucky character.

This is my attempt at Chinese calligraphy - it's my Chinese name. 

Thanks for letting me post!


  1. laura did you draw these from life and then take the pictures? or were they from the pictures?

    super sweet archi drawings, kind of wish there was more art of buildings on here

  2. Oh my god, this is so cool. One of my favorite things to look at is peoples travel notebooks/sketchbooks, and their sketches of people adn architecture. This is totally satisfying to look at. (I know that's a weird way to put it, but that's how I feel). The notes you have next to them make it look super cool too.

    This is all so gorgeous.