The image above is a butcher in Florence, Italy tending to customers inside the Grand Central Market near El Domo. It took Andrew 6-7 months to complete.
This is a building in San Francisco, CA up the street from the TransAmerica pyramid building (visible in the background). The unique green exterior of the Sentinel Building is the home of Francis Ford Coppola’s "American Zoetrope Studios.” At street level is the Zoetrope Cafe. "I was drawn (no pun intended) to the weathered and worn look of this structure in direct contrast to its newer architectural neighbors. " -Andrew Purdy
Andrew took this photo atop a refurbished firetruck-turned tour vehicle, which afforded him an elevated vantage point of this spectacular building.
The drawing took 12 months to complete.
The above image is the piece Andrew is currently working on. It is 12”x 18” and is of a twisted cypress tree at La Jolla Cove near San Diego, CA. The many shapes within the contorted branches of the tree are what originally attracted Andrew to this scene.
"As you may conclude from these pieces that detail is the goal of my subject matter and Stonehenge has been the only substrate that cooperates completely with my application of fine details and heavy burnishing. I add the use of the Icarus Board during my process to aid in the blending steps.
Although I love Stonehenge paper, not much of its surface is left to be seen when I am done. And if the surface is to remain visible, it is as highlights."
Check out more of Andrew Purdy's artwork here: AndrewPurdyArt.com