The Old Rectory of Fisherford- Bespoke Illustration

The Old Rectory of Fisherford- Bespoke Illustration
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The Old Rectory Inverurie Aberdeen Jamie Cameron-
It is uncommon to find a House with more character than this one!
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Although I have illustrated all kinds of architecture over the past few years, this local drawing commission from Fisherford (near Inverurie) has so many interesting features that I have never come across in one drawing before...
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This feature looks in detail at meeting the client and seeing the house for the first time, coming up with a range of options, executing the drawing, and finally presenting the finished piece to her in her new home.
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Meeting The Client & Seeing the House
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The Old Rectory Inverurie Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Inverurie Aberdeen Jamie Cameron Commission
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The Old Rectory Inverurie Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Inverurie Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Inverurie Aberdeen Jamie Cameron Chapel Windows
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A few months back, I was asked about a one off illustration of a beautiful old Rectory, now a family home, located in the small village of Fisherford, near Inverurie. The client was actually in the process of selling the property, and having spent many happy years living there and working on the building, wanted a suitable commemoration of it so she could take a memento of it along to her new home.
The Rectory building itself is beautifully proportioned- a large whit rendered frontage with red accents around the doors and windows, with two upstairs dormers and a large wing to the rear. I knew at once that the size and shape would make a very graceful piece, and was even more amazed once I saw the Chapel right beside it!
The Chapel, while in some state of ruin amazingly still had remnants of the original glazing intact, and the large windows at the front luckily had been protected by wire netting, so it was still possible to envision how it must have been when it was in active use. It was in a state I would call 'picturesque ruin', meaning you could clearly see the bones of the building and many of the beautiful features, and it had not deteriorated too far.
As well as both of these buildings, from the well nurtured garden it was clear the client had a very green thumb, and although I didn't see it in its full glory at the time, a photo that the client sent me afterwards showed that it was really a beautiful setting when in bloom.
I must have spent around a half hour just snapping away, as there was so much information to take in! So many different angles and drawing possibilities came to mind, and I gathered over 150 photos, inside and out.
Having spoken to the client and had time to see all round the buildings and site, we had an in depth discussion about what she wanted to achieve, and it was certainly clear that a lot of time, effort and personality had been infused into the building, which were things she wanted to capture and bring into her new home with the finished piece.
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Presenting the Options- Which one to Choose?
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As there was such a rich field of possibilities with this piece, I ended up actually struggling to know how to approach it- too much of a good thing, and certainly not always the kind of problem I have!
While it's normal for me to come up with two or sometimes three options for the client to choose between, in this case I ended up with a shortlist of SEVEN possible drawings which I felt could capture different aspects of the place...
Here they are- see if you can guess which one came highest up the list:
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron 2
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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The Old Rectory Architecture Drawing Aberdeen Jamie Cameron
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As you can see, there were many different ways that this drawing could be done, either as a single composition, or as is often the way to go with very detailed buildings, a multi- drawing approach with several smaller vignettes beneath a main view. Since there were a lot of interesting features both inside and out, including the characterful and varied fireplaces, this was one approach which could have come out really nicely, bringing a variety to the composition.
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The other option the client was keen on was to look at a drawing of the rear of the house- perhaps not the first one that comes to mind, but interesting as the building has a certain shape from behind, and the form of the copper still fireplace in the living room is nicely expressed in the shape of the chimney. 
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The other options looked at combining a view of the Rectory and the Chapel, and ultimately this was the approach that the client went with, although it was clear that the charm of the building and quality of the reference materials could easily justify a second drawing at a later date. 
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The final option shown above is what we settled on, and both myself and the client felt that it was the easiest and perhaps most elegant way to include both Rectory and Chapel in the same composition, and also give a sense of the garden and surrounding trees.
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With the drawing layout confirmed and photos assembled, it was time to make a start- join me in the next instalment for the  illustration of the piece, and some of the challenges it presented. . .
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To Be Continued . . . . .
Read Part 2 Here
 
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