City of Vancouver Planning Department photograph, from the Vancouver Archives CVA 780-7 (with speculative colour restoration). This view of the downtown shows Robson Square, effectively before Arthur Erickson’s vision took root. The original photograph online was a scanned transparency, and it appears to have lost its colour over time (either that or it was an intentional colour effect) so I’ve taken the liberty here to simulate what it may have looked like. From the Archives description:
Photograph also shows the Richmond Apartments, Vancouver Public Library (750 Burrard Street), Irwinton Apartments (777 Burrard Street), Burrard Building (1030 West Georgia Street), Georgia Medical Dental Building, and the Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street). The rendering shows proposed development for the areas bounded by Hornby Street, West Georgia Street, Howe Street and Smithe Street.
I thought this image would be a good illustration to coincide with the upcoming Drawing Party at the MOV on Thursday, March 27, 6-8pm! Details about the event are here.
I am very curious to see what wild visions attendees will be drafting up! The above illustration also got me thinking about a possible exercise. Take a photograph, Google Streetview, or Google Earth, frame a scene from your neighbourhood, and completely revision a block or two of the city! You can always just superimpose your drawing overtop of the scene on a separate sheet of paper, cutting out the edges of your vision when you are done. This is actually a practical way to obtain proper references for vanishing points and perspective, so the technique has real merit! Attached are a few suggested scenes I’ve always enjoyed pondering. Happy sketching!