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Snapshot Inspiration

Drawing with the Grid Method

Architectural Artifacts



One perk of my day job is getting to work inside this beauty. Chicago's Jeweler's Building (named for the building's car elevator that allowed safe transit to jewelry sellers) was constructed in 1927 and remains as a designated city landmark. The Jeweler's Building is located downtown, right across from the Trump Tower. I love this shot for the juxtaposition of new and old, with the Trump's shiny, sleek, industrial body in direct contrast to the Jeweler's antique, deco facade. 

Jeweler's Building

Photo by Heather Linder

This shot would be a perfect opportunity to stretch both your sketching and your color-mixing muscles. The persepective is definitely interesting to capture in pencil or pen. The deep gold shades of the Jeweler's Building paired with the Trump's cool blues and silvers would both be challenging and interesting to replicate in paint. 

Does architecture ever motivate your art?

Try this lesson from Pencil Drawing to get a feel for the grid method for precision-drawing.

grid method drawing

Excerpted from Pencil Drawing


Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.



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