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Here you’ll find images fresh off the digital easel ~ most of them sketches and studies. I don’t really curate or sort the stuff here (only my instagram is worse!), so do forgive the utter random.


Paint study :P Yes, no drivers! People are in two minds about JP’s color coding but it is one of those things that have helped secure its place in our cultural memory.

Paint study :P Yes, no drivers! People are in two minds about JP’s color coding but it is one of those things that have helped secure its place in our cultural memory.

YouTube Study with liberties: LuciSerene performs Willaert. I keep going back to this performance so I thought I might as well plein it. Am messing with style, colour, workflow, yada.. as one has to do with studies.

YouTube Study with liberties: LuciSerene performs Willaert. I keep going back to this performance so I thought I might as well plein it. Am messing with style, colour, workflow, yada.. as one has to do with studies.

Chiesa San Marcello al Corso, Rome, drawn with some accuracy. I visited once on summer term, a long, long time ago now. (I was caught off guard the first time I saw it. You walk by a narrow but busy city road under eaves of stone, then the wall drops away beside you, and at once you see this facade resplendent in late afternoon sun.) There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Coming from a far younger city, the weight of the years is difficult to grasp.

Chiesa San Marcello al Corso, Rome, drawn with some accuracy. I visited once on summer term, a long, long time ago now. (I was caught off guard the first time I saw it. You walk by a narrow but busy city road under eaves of stone, then the wall drops away beside you, and at once you see this facade resplendent in late afternoon sun.) There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Coming from a far younger city, the weight of the years is difficult to grasp.

San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna. (bit more sketchtouring stuff for mileage.) This basilica has a conservatory attached to it, and was where I heard choral polyphony live for the first time in memory. It wasn’t a performance - they could’ve been sight-reading on a routine practice sesh - and I lingered as long as I could hoping the singing would start up again. I wondered that they didn’t need any microphones for their voices to ring gently through the long, vaulted interior. Polyphony is frequently held up as an example of transcendental (some say objective) beauty. I knew nothing about it then, but looking back I can see how it could’ve been a life-changing experience for some people at a suitable point in their journey.

San Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna. (bit more sketchtouring stuff for mileage.) This basilica has a conservatory attached to it, and was where I heard choral polyphony live for the first time in memory. It wasn’t a performance - they could’ve been sight-reading on a routine practice sesh - and I lingered as long as I could hoping the singing would start up again. I wondered that they didn’t need any microphones for their voices to ring gently through the long, vaulted interior. Polyphony is frequently held up as an example of transcendental (some say objective) beauty. I knew nothing about it then, but looking back I can see how it could’ve been a life-changing experience for some people at a suitable point in their journey.

 
Plein-air study.

Plein-air study.

 

A relatively quick piece. I'm enthralled by how the night can bring a very different kind of life to a scene. I suppose it reminds us that you'll never return to exactly the same place on your next visit. The clouds, the lighting, the shadows (the plants and people certainly) will never array themselves to your imagination as they were the last time you passed through. If simply being in a certain place has had a lasting impact on you, it could well be entirely by chance. My take is that this makes it more precious.

A relatively quick piece. I'm enthralled by how the night can bring a very different kind of life to a scene. I suppose it reminds us that you'll never return to exactly the same place on your next visit. The clouds, the lighting, the shadows (the plants and people certainly) will never array themselves to your imagination as they were the last time you passed through. If simply being in a certain place has had a lasting impact on you, it could well be entirely by chance. My take is that this makes it more precious.

Photo study with liberties.

Photo study with liberties.


A typical shared residence in Middle Calais. This one is built around a (largely) ornamental waterwheel. The stream tinkles inside the dome all summer, and the space passes off as a winter garden when temperatures drop.

A typical shared residence in Middle Calais. This one is built around a (largely) ornamental waterwheel. The stream tinkles inside the dome all summer, and the space passes off as a winter garden when temperatures drop.

WiPs for the ‘Woodland’ Oegel - viewable  here . I chose a workflow that allowed me to keep the sketch inside the final image.

WiPs for the ‘Woodland’ Oegel - viewable here. I chose a workflow that allowed me to keep the sketch inside the final image.

Quick study. Playing with purple.

Quick study. Playing with purple.

Plein-air study using Google Earth (Lweza, Uganda).

Plein-air study using Google Earth (Lweza, Uganda).

Kutná Hora, Czech Republic. Plen-air study with (considerable) liberties.

Kutná Hora, Czech Republic. Plen-air study with (considerable) liberties.

Plein-air study with liberties ~ Sendlinger Tor, Munich.

Plein-air study with liberties ~ Sendlinger Tor, Munich.

Calais: Balloon Academy Hall.  The facade is of the reactionarily traditionalist Ludocci school.

Calais: Balloon Academy Hall. The facade is of the reactionarily traditionalist Ludocci school.

Early concept sketch of Tomp City’s facade from my second lifelong project  Pastel Skycubes . If it manages to grow on me, the final will look much like it.

Early concept sketch of Tomp City’s facade from my second lifelong project Pastel Skycubes. If it manages to grow on me, the final will look much like it.


Study.

Study.

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Study: brass embouchures.

Study: brass embouchures.

Miscellaneous concept from  Pastel Skycubes .

Miscellaneous concept from Pastel Skycubes.

Study. End of the line at a hill station, Darjeeling.

Study. End of the line at a hill station, Darjeeling.

Lines from Pastel Skycubes. Decided not to go into render before ‘firming’ a style.

Lines from Pastel Skycubes. Decided not to go into render before ‘firming’ a style.


Study with liberties. And a spot of fan-art.

Study with liberties. And a spot of fan-art.


Midnight ice-cream . Study of my favourite scene from  Jurassic Park .

Midnight ice-cream. Study of my favourite scene from Jurassic Park.


Everyone knows these great net fences are for dinosaurs, not golf. (:

Everyone knows these great net fences are for dinosaurs, not golf. (:

Plein-air study. Bus stop, Kochi.

Plein-air study. Bus stop, Kochi.

Study with liberties. Cold place indoors, smell of sea.

Study with liberties. Cold place indoors, smell of sea.


Study with liberties.

Study with liberties.

Hammond’s Island.  Study from  Jurassic Park .

Hammond’s Island. Study from Jurassic Park.

Study with liberties.

Study with liberties.


Dodgson Arrives.  Scene study from  Jurassic Park .

Dodgson Arrives. Scene study from Jurassic Park.


Have an image in mind you don’t see? Do stop by my Portfolio and Various galleries, I may have shelved it in either. Thank you for viewing.