HYDRO ILLUSTRATION | Process & Composition
I’ve been commissioned to illustrate a piece of local architecture, the St. Anne’s Hydropathic Centre & Turkish Baths.
The facility is now completely in ruins, but during its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its celebrated “water cure” for muscular and bronchial illnesses—not to mention the luxurious premises themselves—were quite the draw for those who could afford such things! The facility boasted 80 bedrooms, and even had its own on-site farm and fish hatchery.
This post shows the process behind the sketch for the final piece, using some photo reference to work out the composition and values. The focus of the image will be the iconic clock tower, the shell of which actually survived up until a few years ago, when it had to be demolished for safety reasons.
The next step will be to try out a few different colour schemes, and from there proceed to the final (digital) painting which will be printed onto canvas.
Exciting Trivia: The Hydro (as it is known locally) was situated literally a stone’s throw from where I grew up, and I definitely remember crawling through the ruins back in the day, well before I knew what an immense and prestigious establishment it once was.