Pentalia is a village in Cyprus, near to the area where we’re currently building a house, so we visited it a couple of weekends ago to get some ideas about stonework, windows and doorways. Travelling the island for inspiration has become something of a part time hobby for our family and it has led to us discovering some intriguing villages.
Old Pentalia has a number of buildings that structurally are not in great shape due to the type of stone in the area (I believe the chalk content is quite high) and although this is problematic from an engineering point of view, it does mean that a number of the streets are rather charming in appearance; slightly run down streets are always something I like to draw so I started working on another biro drawing after photographing the area:
The aim with these biro drawings is really to try and get across some of the amazing light and shade you see in Cyprus. It s one thing I always like about photographing the streets in the villages, the way that the light and shade defines the structures and enhances interesting shapes in the streets and buildings.
As with the drawing of Saranta Kolones, about halfway through, this image started to take on a positive/negative space impression. This wasn’t something I wanted to do entirely throughout either sketch as the shapes of the rocks and stones in the buildings was of as much interest to me as the balance between light and shade, but I think the white space in each drawing is a good way to get across the strength of the Cypriot sunlight on a building; it bleaches all the details out and gives photos and drawings a very beautiful graphic quality that I wanted very much to get across.
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