The images below are the most final drawings for Project 1. These drawings are both studies of the Favrot family graveyard and the Penny graveyard. The first two drawings narrate the story of these burial sites as part of the Highland Cemetery story. The lives of the families and people buried here will forever become part of the cultural + physical narrative of the site. The little we know about them will remain engraved in the physical structures that remind us of their existence in this world.
The next image is part of the analysis for Project 2. The drawing represents and inventory of the Fravrot graveyard, focusing on what is below and above the datum. This landscape was traced with orthographic projections that reveal the existing structures on the site in plan, section and perspective. The drawing works as an inventory of what exists in the graveyard while focusing specifically on Luis Estevan’s grave, the most predominant burial structure in the site.
These water color drawings I created were inspired by Richard Wahdcock’s work. I was interested in representing the colors and feelings embedded on the landscape. I wanted to capture the effect that light had on the different elements of the landscape. I focused in two areas of the site: the Favrot Graveyard and the Penny Graveyard.
I have been looking at Dan Slavinsky work, particularly for the Parallax project. His series of drawings from “The End of Time Bartlett, London 2010” are conceptual renders of architecture. His style is very interesting, the way he uses line weight and monochromatic colors and shades reminds me of old maps. He uses science-fiction motives to create these creative and original drawings of architectural plans, section, and perspectives.
For this assignment I will focus on a small area of the cemetery, located on the northeast side of the site. This area is a small graveyard owned by the Favrot family. There are around 15 above and below ground structures here, most of them burial shafts and graves. I am interested on documenting and analyzing what is above the datum and speculating on what is below. What I see from the position above the datum will formulate questions on what is below it. The topography, the vegetation, and the surrounding structures will inform my decisions to project the past and future conditions of this particular area of the cemetery.
I will combine both a plan view of the area and a section / perspective using architectural projections to document the quality of the space and the existing structures. At the same time, I will explore other ways to represent the processes that occur daily in this area. My intention is to use different media with layered data on it, and to build this drawing with iterations of my findings during the analysis of this part of the cemetery.
Below is a sketch of the idea I have for this drawing.
This is what I have started for this drawing, this will serve me as the base image. I will be subtracting and adding information to this photography.
The drawings of Frank Drasme are a good source of inspiration for this assignment. He developed this series of images that explore and narrate in a different way his journey through the city of Amsterdam. This project was called Project 360 degrees. He created a collage-like image taking into account the environment that caused this experience.
I have also been looking into Richard Wahdcock’s work. His contemporary landscape paintings capture the atmosphere of a place in a very dramatic but subtle way. His abstraction of the landscape creates a different reality through color and tone.
“.. an object that was and is no more.” – Alberto Perez Gomez
I started the next two drawings thinking about this quote from this architectural historian. The two following drawings are trying to express the idea of separating the reality of the things we represent and represent them in a different way. To give them my own interpretation. This made me more aware of the light and its relationship with the different elements on the landscape. I was also looking at solids and voids, notable colors and textures.
This first drawing represents void and masses against the sky. It explores how the silhouette of vegetation contrasts with the sky at the site. I experimented with black and white conté crayons for this drawing.
This second drawing represents a view looking out from the cemetery into the residential area adjacent to it. The darkness of the site is now contrasting with the different colors of the houses across the street. The masses and textures of the vegetation become a translucent vail in which I am able to see beyond the site. I kept experimenting with conté crayons for this drawing.