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 areaA�(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:

pentalia-drawing

The aim with these biro drawings is really to try and get across some of the amazing light and shade you see in Cyprus.A�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 enhancesA�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 throughoutA�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.