The Ritz, London

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LOCATION: The Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, London
DATE: October 5, 2020

This famous Hotel in London’s Mayfair is one of the most iconic hotels in the world. It sits imperiously on Piccadilly, one of London’s busiest thoroughfares, wearing its architectural elegance lightly but effectively. I’d always wanted to draw the building, so I set out with a plan in mind. It’s hard to get far enough away from city buildings to sketch them in their entirety due to other buildings but I know that if I got a spot the other side of the wide street, that would give me a great angle. Key to this scene is the unfinished nature of the drawing which allows the viewer to complete the scene, the white space composition giving the building scale.

Black ink pen linework with colour marker, gouache and acrylic pen.

Matt ivory fine art paper 270gsm with a light watercolour texture.

A3 (297 x 420mm) | A4 (210 x 297 mm) | A5 (148 x 210mm).

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