Incredible Cityscape Drawings by Stefan Bleekrode

Incredible Cityscape Drawings and Architecture by Stefan Bleekrode

I’m Stefan Bleekrode, 36 years old, from Holland and I’d like to show you my art. In pen and ink I draw (often from memory) cities big and small all over Europe and North America. Ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by cities and architecture. Not only are these drawings celebrations of the beauty and architecture of the cities depicted, they’re also a study on urban designs in different countries. Through the use of perspective and light and shadow I’m hoping to offer viewers a different take on the urban scene.

Because they’re entirely hand drawn, it takes a long time to complete each piece. A small drawing (20x30cm) takes a few weeks to finish. A large drawing (70x115cm) can take over a year to complete. A quick pencil sketch forms the basis and preliminary study for the composition, perspective and architecture of the finished drawing. Each piece is drawn in pen and ink. For shading I make use of watercolour. My work is currently on display in galleries both in the US and Holland. @stefanbleekrode

Brooklyn and Manhattan in the Distance realistic drawing by Stefan Bleekrode“Brooklyn and Manhattan in the Distance” (detail)

Brooklyn and Manhattan in the Distance full size drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘Brooklyn and Manhattan in the Distance’ (full size drawing) A view of an imaginary avenue in Brooklyn with an ‘El’ train looking up to Manhattan. 30x40cm, 2021.

Rue de Rennes, Paris Cityscape drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘Rue de Rennes, Paris’ (detail)

Rue de Rennes, Paris Full size drawing by Stefan Bleekrode

‘Rue de Rennes, Paris’ (Full size drawing) A realistic view of one of the great Boulevards in Paris, the Rue de Rennes on the left bank with Tour Montparnasse in the background. 35x25cm, 2020.

Park on Sunday Realistic drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘Park on Sunday’ An imaginary view of a park with an arch on a sunny afternoon. The scenery is strongly based on Washington Square in NYC. 18x26cm, 2022.

Florence Cityscape drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘Florence’ A view of Florence in Italy with the Piazza Ss. Annunziata in the foreground and the famous cathedral at the end of the street. 26x17cm, 2022.

East River and Downtown Manhattan Realistic drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘East River and Downtown Manhattan’ A realistic view of the great spans over the East River with Downtown Manhattan in the back. 31x60cm, 2019.

NYC Rush hour cityscape drawing by Stefan Bleekrode

NYC Rush hour cityscape drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘NYC Rush hour’ (2nd image is a detail) A busy Manhattan avenue set the light of the setting sun. 42x35cm, 2018.

Santa Agata, a village in the Italian Alps by Stefan Bleekrode‘Santa Agata, a village in the Italian Alps’ A hamlet high above Lago Maggiore in Italy after dark.12x20cm, 2019.

London from Primrose Hill Realistic drawing by Stefan Bleekrode‘London from Primrose Hill’ A realistic view of London seen from Primrose Hill in North London. 20x55cm, 2021.

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