architectural-illustrations

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The Art of Elena Limkina 

If you’ve got an old soul, you’ll be enamored by the delightfully old-fashioned work of Moscow-based artist Elena Limkina. Every week, she offers the world a glimpse into her personal sketchbook, and its pages tell vivid stories of nature, architecture, and classical paintings.

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Islands Digitally Composed From Images of Abandoned Sites by Fabio Araujo

Brazilian designer Fabio Araujo digitally composes images of abandoned sites to create undesirable islands, small patches of earth ripped up from long neglected corners of civilization. The series, Abandoned Places, exists both as image and video as Araujo animates discrete elements of the works to play in a loop. These areas serve as the only “living” aspect in-frame, focusing on a single deer or bubbling creek that has managed to survive amidst crumbling architecture and rusted water towers.

A watercolour illustration for a book called 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」(Famous Architecture Daydream Illustrations) featuring 20 illustrators painting famous, but no longer existing architecture marvels.


I painted a wooden fire station that was located in Aomori prefecture, build in 1920 inspired by Russian architecture, and demolished in 1982. Using old photos and plans as references I tried to depict the building and a fresh, late spring day using bright, saturated colours while staying true to the original building’s shape, details and colours.


20人のイラストレーターの作品をフィーチャーしている「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」のために描いた水彩イラストです。

僕が担当したのはもともと青森県にあった木材建築の「八戸荒町消防屯所」です。ロシア正教の屋根に影響されたデザインの建物でしたが1982年に取り壊されたため、今残っている古い写真や間取りを参考に本物へ近づけるよう想像して描きました。

Technical details:

  • Lines: mitsu-bishi pencils from HB to 8B
  • Colors: Shmincke and Winsor and Newton watercolours

  • Paper:  300g/㎡ Holbein SAUNDERS cold press F4 size

技術的詳細 

  • 線画 ー MITSU-BISHI HB〜8B
  • 鉛筆色 ー SCHMINCKE と WINSOR AND NEWTON

  • 水彩紙 ー 300g/㎡ Holbein  ナチュラル   水彩紙 中性紙   中目


Book details:

Tittle: 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」

Publisher: X-Knowledge エクスナレッジ

Language: Japanese 日本語

ISBN-10: 476782298X ISBN-13: 978-4767822983

Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches

Amazon jp link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/476782298X

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Temple of Zeus

Aizanoi, Turkey

2nd century CE

35 m × 53 m

The construction of the temple, which was the main religious sanctuary of the city, started in the last half of the 2nd century AD. The preserved inscriptions indicate that emperor Hadrian was responsible for its commission.

The temple stands on a many-stepped podium and was built of marble. It is surrounded by a peristasis in a pseudodipteral arrangement, originally with 15 Ionic columns on its long side and 8 on the short side. The podiom itself measures 33 X 37 meters. Nowadays, only the columns on the western and northern side are still standing.

The temple was dedicated to two deities. Zeus - the ruler of the Olympians - was worshipped in its aboveground section, and the underground part of the building was the place of Cybele cult. Stylistically, the part dedicated to Zeus was built in accordance with the Greek patterns and the underground section - with the Roman ones as the barrel vaults are clearly visible.

The battle scenes depicted on the walls of the building come from much later period. They were made by the Tatars and illustrate their lives and battles fought in the 13th century AD. Nearby the entrance to the temple grounds there is an enclosed area where some interesting fragments of temple decorations are collected. Opposite the temple there are the remains of a small bouleuterion, but its history remains unknown.