A beautifully designed doorway is one of the things that can really make a building or a home stand out.
I’ve always had a thing for architecture and architectural elements like doorways and windowsills. Actually the second of the first two pointillism drawings I’ve ever done was of an old hospital in a quaint little Michigan town. It was a tedious piece done with a dip pen but it has remained one of my favorites due to my commitment to completing it.

Whenever I have moments of interest in architecture I’m taken back to my college days when I had a course in Historical Preservation. My instructor was a former architect turned professor who was rather enthusiastic about us students knowing all about architectural styles. Luckily I live in an area that has a vibrant community that maintains and celebrates the historic buildings and homes in city. So I came up with the idea of doing a four part drawing series of doorways from historic sites in the area. I figure this might be a decent idea to work on for next summer’s gallery showing. Of course this is going to require some research, checking out sites and capturing my own reference photos but as I think about it, it sounds like it will be a rather interesting project. In the meantime I ordered myself a new Micron pen, one with a 003 tip which is smaller than what I normally use. I decided to give it a test run on a small architectural drawing of one of the many doorway references I spotted on Pinterest. So far this pen works great for creating light to medium greys and shadows, which will be wonderful when working on ACEOs but trying to build up deep solid blacks is exhausting to say the least. Working with this pen on much larger drawings will definitely require the patience of a saint.

Anyhoo, following are some pics from Pinterest I would like to share of lovely doorways. Unfortunately, like much of Pinterest, I can’t credit the photographers. I hope someone else likes doorways as much as I do. 😊

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