Egyptian Places: An Illustrated Travelogue

Join us for an overview of Richmond architect Henry David Ayon’s recently-released book Egyptian Places. The monograph focuses on 12 sacred sites of ancient Egypt whose individual characteristics are described by written architectural commentary and illustrated by over 200 hand rendered drawings and graphic studies.

The volume’s chapters are organized by individual sites and the drawings attempt to convey the unique architectural features and the mythic ethos of each place through visually rich, detailed drawings that convey the sense of these massive edifices set in a stark desert terrain.

Central to the book’s evocation of the architectural distinction of the buildings is the hand rendering technique utilizing sepia pencil and markers to create a simulation of the colors and chroma of the landscape. Numerous drawings were scanned after the initial pencil sketch and manipulated in Photoshop to apply sepia coloration in various percentages of density, thereby illuminating different aspects of a particular scene or artifact.

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