Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Urban Sketching students tackle new architecture.

With my Urban Sketching class at Elite Animation Academy, (8933 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, FL) I seek out unique sketching opportunities in the Conroy Windermere neighborhood. The Tavistock Financial Center (4705 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL) on the corner of Apopka Vineland and Conroy road was erected a few years ago. It houses a brokerage firm and several other businesses I'm sure. It was built in an Italian, Mediterranean style with the two functionless bell towers. On the weekend, which is when we had the class, there is no traffic at this front door round about. One of my students peeked in the front doors, but the building was locked.

My two students sat on the sidewalk and curb and they worked hard to get the immense building on the page. It was a good exercise in two point perspective. These students had already proven themselves as competent sketchers, so I let them block in their sketches uninterrupted.  I sketched along with them and I showed them my process each time I completed a phase. They saw the rough pencil pass, the pen and ink work and then the watercolor. As we worked, dark thunder clouds rolled in from the North West. The sky darkened to a threatening steel grey. Thankfully we all finished our sketches and got back to the classroom before the deluge.

The Travistock Financial Center combines the best of classic columns and arches of the Mediterranean architectural style with modern international design detail. Hand selected slate floors, exotic hardwood panels and marble are used throughout the atrium lobby and common areas. Dramatic artwork and plasma monitors adorn the wood veneer paneled walls. Glass and metal will are combined to create inviting and productive well lit interior spaces. Built over secured parking and surrounded by lush, beautifully landscaped grounds, the office building is both dramatic and functional. A full time concierge provides an unparalleled level of service for tenants. The concierge will be focused on making your life easier so that you can focus on your business.The Financial Center also has state-of-the-art security features that provide true peace of mind for all tenant and guests.Ample on site parking is available. It looks like there are still office spaces for lease.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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