Mar 31, 2009

Insane In The Gaudi Membrane


I draw a lot of architecture. It's what I do. Great amounts of detail. It requires that I really study what I'm drawing. Buildings always have symmetry of some sort. Sometimes I can do parts of buildings and if I'm in a hurry I can fill in the rest later because I just have to duplicate lots more of what I've already drawn. When I came upon Gaudi, everything went out the window. Each line got me more confusing than the one before. I had to look so hard to see where I was each time. A very draining experience and the rain didn't help. I told Yun this Gaudi dude was insane. Totally insane. Who let this guy do all this stuff? Of course Yun had all the answers for me. It's quite impressive when someone allows a totally insane person to run amuck like this in a city. There is so much architectural mediocrity in America. How come we never had our own insane little freak like this guy? All we have is an occasional codger who builds a home out of glass bottles or hubcaps. Spain gets Gaudi we get Sam Rodia. He's the genius who built the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. I'm about to go insane.

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21 comments:

kate b. said...

CRAZYY architecture. love the drawing, i can understand it making you a little nuts. speaking of mediocracy in american architecture, did you ever hear of the broken angel house? its a few blocks from me over here... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Angel_House

kate b. said...

woops, just saw this article where they compare the building to gaudi- http://gothamist.com/2006/04/22/brooklyns_broke.php

dominique eichi said...

Oh, does that mean we might see some architecture building done by T. Kane in the future, that would be cool. Great sketch.The roof part is so beautiful. I think I got dizzy just looking at it.
I don't know how you did it !

Ron said...

Great drawing and video. I don't know a lot about Gaudi, but I just wonder about the workmen/craftsmen that built those places. It had to be unlike anything they'd ever done before. I wonder if they enjoyed the challenge of the building process or if it drove them nuts.

Jim said...

Enjoyed your drawing. Had never heard of Gaudi. Have a feeling I am going to enjoy looking at the rest of your blog.

Tommy Kane said...

I never thought about the workmen. They, like me, also know he was insane. that's a cool thought. At least it wasn't the usual drugery. In the end they got to build something historic.

fika said...

you'd probably get bored if you ever visit Singapore...

great drawing and video, that pigeon towards the end was really cute too :)

Tommy Kane said...

I can find interesting things to draw anywhere

aminsaim said...

I ve been to korea, japan, boston etc but still struggling to find a comfortable 'thing' to draw..I am learning hard form your sketch..still waiting for you to published your work. thank you.

Tommy Kane said...

Don't look for a comfortable thing to draw. Just draw anything. Stop thinking it will interfere with your drawing.

kolektor-photo said...

merican architecture, did you ever hear of the broken angel house? its a few blocks

Cisco-elearning said...

They, like me, also know he was insane. that's a cool thought. At least it wasn't the usual drugery. In the

Tommy Kane said...

I dig the unfinished sentences.

rhendricks said...

This is awesome! It is very Dr. Seuss-ian. Is the color work done with pencils? or watercolor? or both?

Tommy Kane said...

Both.

beatriz trello said...

an american visitor found the reason of Gaudi architecture...is like a big biscuit...i,m eating your drawns...i,m sorry for gaudi because he couldn´t eat his buildings, and he had to eat grapes everyday...stay hungry intensify the talent

"Maggie" said...

Love the tiling effect of this illo!

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