Friday, September 14, 2012

Victorian Back Porch

As soon as I saw this porch, I knew I had to draw it. So I returned to the site with my little folding stool, and I spent about 45 minutes doing this drawing. It's the back of a sprawling Victorian house off the main street of Vienna, Virginia, one of the few real Victorian houses in that city to be spared from the developers. Note the interesting little pyramid-roofed upper porch, just enough to fit one room. The back door of the house is under the lower porch. The drawing of the lower story isn't complete because my view was blocked by some landscaping trees.

Unfortunately, I had to do a lot of "cleaning up" the reality of the house. It is in bad shape, with decrepit roof tiles and woodwork, flaking paint, and a gutter that has fallen down from the roof and waves in the wind. Much of the house is hidden by overgrown vegetation and shrubbery. I don't know who lives there or who owns it, but I wish they could spare the cash for a good restoration. That would be a lot of cash, though. 

Gel ballpoint pens on sketchbook page, about 6" x 6", September 13, 2012.

1 comment:

Tristan Alexander said...

Nice! To bad it is in bad shape in real life! I looks like a very neat house and I just want to go in and see that little room with the pyramid roof from the inside!