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    Bocks' Architectural Sketches

    Hope yall are doing well,

    My name is Aaren Easley - I work as an Architectural Illustrator and Designer - exclusively by hand. This sketchbook might be a little non-traditional based on the work I've seen here, but I don't foresee that as an issue. I hope you enjoy.

    All commentary is welcome but if I could ask one favor it would be that we do not [openly] discuss any writing on the pages. I'm not good with computers and it would be hell to sit around and censor every single bit of notes - or to give context to every rambling. Some writing could be offensive, it is never a personal attack.

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    A quick commission from yesterday - Rose Window, Mission San Jose - a bit sloppy with the lighting - this one went fast; it was a challenge to keep up with the wet paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocks View Post
    This sketchbook might be a little non-traditional based on the work I've seen here, but I don't foresee that as an issue.
    To the contrary, it is a lot more traditional than what I usually see here...
    Grinnikend door het leven...

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    Haha, I meant what is traditionally posted here! Good catch.

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    Very small watercolor sketch of Mesa Verde - carved into a deep cliff face - facade bleached in sun.

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    Some travel sketches from 6 months ago before I get into my current concepts. At the Moorish Castle in Sintra, PT - doing the tourist thing with my wife. Got a good roll of film here on an old Minolta - felt like a proper hipster.

    Soft Graphite in 8.5"x5.5" and 11"x8.5" Moleskine

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    Really cool to see traditional especially watercolor

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    A couple concept sketches from a project in Coimbra, PT - involving their rampant Eucalyptus fires.

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    A rendering for a design competition three weeks ago - really had to rush this one unfortunately.

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    This is really amazing! Especially like the rendering of smoke and non-architectural elements in your pencil sketches, creates a great contrast, and the watercolor stuff is incredible as well

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    I appreciate that - It took years for me to be brave enough to switch to pencil, I'm happy I finally did, my pen was becoming a crutch.

    Here's a brief concept drawing for a proposal I'm developing at the moment - will continue to post on this project through out the coming weeks as the structure takes form. I always like to start a project with an abstract sketch and a simple graphic that will express something fundamental to the progression of the idea - in this case an Earthquake Memorial [and a pilgrimage].

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    A couple coffee table concept sketches from Portugal.


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    A street section from Coimbra - I recall being pretty happy with this, a lot of nice folks came to chat while I lounged around the streets.

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    Very, very cool sketchbook and amazing combination of lines, hard edges, gradual transitions and color. It'r really inspiring and very fun to look at. Some sketches have an "alien" quality to them, I'm probably jsut referring to the way I interpret the most abstrace parts of your drawings.

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    Sketch from Sintra PT, and another from Coimbra PT

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    Again, it's so great the way you handle some parts so loosely and the others so precisely, love it

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    Absolutely amazing and refreshing art!
    It looks like you make the watercolors blend on paper rather on the palette? Absolutely love it, and the same with the sketch-marks.
    I give you 5/5 stars ***** !

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    This sketchbook is such a pleasure to look at! Thank you for the inspiration

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    I've always loved architecture and that style that some arhictectural drawings have, really enjoyed looking through your work. I hope you will share more with us!

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    Thanks guys - I didn't post for a while because the website was down for some time and I thought it must be down for good - huh
    Will post my last months worth of projects in a few days - rushing on a deadline at the moment.

    Dennis - Sure thing, I appreciate it.

    BHDH - Thank you kindly

    Trixtar - That's nice of you; I certainly mix the color in my palette - but as is not unique to me, I add colors mid wash. Some are pre mixed for large sweeping washes and underpainting, I use little porcelain cups for this, but mostly I just keep to the palette. Not that you asked but I would add having a deep voluminous palette has been essential for most of my work.

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