This week I sat down and started roughing out what the house should look like. I started by compiling reference folders on my computer of different styles of houses. I also took a trip to the local library and dragged home a pile of books on Victorian houses, house moving, and books that focus on color schemes for "Painted Ladies."
As I worked I began thinking about the house I live in. I live in a Victorian that was designed in the late 1800's. There is a sign outside that states when it was built, and by whom. THEN I REMEMBERED SOMETHING, a conversation I had with the landlord: "Who was Henry Ross Builder?" I once asked her. "He was an architect. He designed and lived in this house. He made many of the Victorians in this area of Newton," she told me.
Yeah! Cooool! I'm designing a Victorian house, while living in a house that was designed and lived in by a Victorian era architect. I thought about asking Ol' Henry for some guidance, if his spirit is still around hehe. (My roommate suspects that someone is still with us, for her cat, Laney, has a tendency to jump on top of things, stare at the ceiling and cry for a bit. I think it's just birds in the eves that she is hearing and reacting to, but this being New England, we all love a good ghost story.)
Instead of posting a sketch of the house, I made a movie!
note: song used in clip is called Dokkoise House (With Face Covered) by the band "Anathallo" all rights belong to them
Larger version: http://youtu.be/R_oo2-LNp_E
NEXT WEEK: I will start refining the sketch on the computer (and making it STRAIGHT!)
and start thinking about color.