Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The Wall Mural Begins...

Having drawn some rough sketches of my overall wall mural and made a list of Barcelona's famous landmarks, I have started to illustrate individual images.  Once I have drawn all of my images for my mural I will then look at maybe altering them using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, possibly adding colour, shapes or typography. To start with here is my drawing of the rooftops of Casa Mila.  Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Quarry') is a building designed by the Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi.  The roof is on several levels and has six staircase entrances, all encased in sculptural "houses". Some staircase entrances have mosaic applied to the surfaces but the colour range is limited.

I am currently in the process of drawing Sagrada Familia, and as I was drawing this I was thinking about how to piece all of the images together to make a flowing mural.  I have decided to draw all the main images on individual A4 sheets and then scan them into photoshop, add some colours e.g. Yo! Sushi's colours - their plates and the colour of the logo.  Then I will scale the images down in Indesign, print off the images separately and the piece them all together on an A3 sheet by cutting them out, adding different types of paper/drawing over the top of them - almost like a collage.  After I have done this I will scan the whole A3 sheet onto my Mac and possibly alter the whole image further. Here is the above image that I have added a small amount of orange to.

Below is my illustration of Sagrada Familia, which I found quite tough but persevered with it.  I am drawing all of my work from photographs I have found on the internet, I wont be tracing over any of the photographs.  I have also added small amounts of green which is the exact same colour of the cheapest plate of food you can get from Yo! Sushi.  I have done this using the eye-dropper tool in photoshop. Sagrada Familia is considered the master work of Antoni Gaudi - It is one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions.  It has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026.

Below is my illustration of Victor Valdes - A Spanish football goalkeeper, who plays for FC Barcelona. He is the most successful goalkeeper in Barcelona's history, having won four La Liga titles, two Champions League titles, and one Copa del Rey title.

Below is my illustration of the lizard at Parc Guell.  Gaudi's multicoloured mosiac dragon fountain is at the main entrance of Parc Guell.  Parc Guell is a garden with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.  It was designed by Antoni Gaudi and built in the years 1900 to 1914.

Casa Batllo was restored by Antoni Gaudi and Josep Maria Jujol, built in 1877 and remodelled between 1904-1906.  The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of bones) This is because of the curved stone columns resembling bones, the wrought iron balcony railings are painted a cream colour and the little balconies have been compared to masks.  Here is my illustration of Casa Batllo's Balconies.


  1. These drawings are EXCELLENT! All the time and effort put into these drawings will be worth it in the end. Keep it up cathy! :D x