Looking many many miles West from the top of Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral; across the city centre and docks, across the Mersey to Birkenhead, right across the top of the Wirral peninsula, then across the Dee estuary, past an offshore wind farm and out along the North Wales coast. The cathedral’s the biggest in Europe, the fifth largest in the world, the longest in the world (!), and has the tallest tower in the UK at 101metres. The tower’s so tall I could see for miles in all directions, but I chose this view to sketch as it covered the the iconic Liver Building, the Wirral (where I grew up), the building where my father worked for many years, and two buildings he designed, which was nice.
(De Atramentis ink in Duke Confucius Fude pen, and watercolour)
Here’s a rough idea of the area and distance covered… (according to this site the horizon/limit of a view from 100m/330ft up is about 22miles. The cathedral is on a hill, making the total height above sea-level 154m/500ft, and the horizon 27 miles away!)
Some previous urban panoramas (South of France, Manchester and Stockholm)…
I love the use of colour and sense of distance you have created here. Am curious to know how long it took you.
About an hour (my dad was waiting in the cathedral cafe down below…). The ink drawing was the tricky bit, getting the key buildings and lines in the right place took about 30 mins, then I added random city/building patterns/shapes/textures to complete the page (10 mins). fast watercolour washes for the rest; very different urban palette compared to Bath!
Your drawings never fail to fascinate me. The link to the brutalist ventilation shafts was excellent. Next time I drive up to Cumbria from Tenby will definitely try and find the Liverpool one as a child lived in Liverpool for 3 yrs. I am still doing graphic sketches when I get the opportunity when we get away. Great blog, thanks Graham
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Thanks Graham, good to hear from you. The towers are great, as are the 1930s ones for the older Queensway tunnel.
Wow, that is truly breathtaking! How did you keep from losing your place?? Bravo!
If I lost my place I just added random city/urban shapes/lines: it all seemed to work out in the end!
Your panorama really does give the feeling of looking down from a height. Terrific job.
Thanks Doug! And sorry for the late response.
Wow Ed. These drawings are amazing. I especially like the one with your hands and sketchbook in with the very atmospheric distance. South of France?
Thanks Francesca. That one’s from the citadel in Laroque-des-Alberes. More info in this post: https://mostlydrawing.com/2018/05/30/french-collection-2/