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Rome - the temple of Portunus sketched with an ink pen

Posted On: Tuesday 21st May 2013
Summary: A quick sketch of the temple of Portunus in Rome done with an ink fineliner and black brushpen.

Blog Tags: Sketching   Buildings   How to sketch   Painting in Italy   

portunusThis was a first for me  - sketching architectural perfection! Nobody was paying any attention to this building, but it was a highlight in my visit to Rome. I sketched it quickly (20 minutes) using a black fineliner pen with a mixture of trepidation and awe.

Such a strucutre would be utterly unforgiving of inaccuracy in proportion or perspective, but it was almost saying to me "Come on, you can do it." And I think I did OK. Later on I was faced with a similar challenge in the Colliseum, but that's for another day.

The brushpen, dragged lightly on its side can produce nice shading effects as well as blocking in.


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