Sketching the Powell Library, Los Angeles – a drawing tutorial by Dan Hogman

Artist and architect Dan Hogman sketches a slice of the students’ favourite Powell Library from UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California.

by Dan Hogman Published on : Apr 08, 2020

We reminisce this time from last year when our columnist Dan Hogman beautifully illustrated architectural postcards from Los Angeles . His subject was the famous Powell Library from the campus of University of California in Los Angeles. Instead of framing the entire building in his canvas, Hogman zooms into the top portion of the libraries’ façade, revealing a closer detail of its historic Romanesque Revival architecture.

Powell Library, a favourite among students, has been one of the original four buildings in the UCLA campus, constructed between 1926 to 1929. Its exterior takes inspiration from Milan’s Basilica of Sant Ambrogio. Decorated with several mosaics and elaborate painted plaster details, the building is poised with a defining image in the whole campus. Take a moment to see this architectural gem come to life as Hogman puts one careful stroke after the other.

While all of us are locked down in our safe havens waiting for the COVID-19 crisis to end, let's dig into those old travel photos and archives and see what we can make out of it. As they say, inspiration can be found anywhere, so let’s seek it out and make it count.

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