Florence

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LOCATION: Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy
DATE: July 27, 2016

This iconic view of the Duomo in Florence was very hard won. If you have visited this beautiful city, you will know he only way to get this classic view is to climb to the Piazzale Michelangelo, but in sweltering 45 degree heat, this was no walk in the park. As we climbed, the view unfolded and when I reached the vantage point I wanted, I settled on a wall and began to work. Trying to find some tree shadow from the heat, I set a limit on the amount of time for sketching due to the extreme conditions. After 30 minutes I closed my book and headed back down the hill, satisfied that the time limit I had set had resulted in an economical but effective portrayal of the scene.

Black ink pen linework with colour marker and gouache on tinted paper.

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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