Eye Line 2018 Student category: Commended
George Allen/Royal College of Art.
Carried out in the weekends over three months, using three Rotring pen line weights, and inspired by the frivolity of Heath Robinson’s work, this long section through the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is nothing less than a labour of love by Part I assistant George Allen. The drawing, he says, ‘depicts a calamitous opening night of Pan the Musical, marked by a rampaging elephant, a capsizing ship and various instances of drunkenness, thievery and infidelity.’ While Petherbridge struggled with its ‘contradictory, mechanistic mode of working; its banality’, she found herself in the minority. Gibb thought ‘it gave a real sense of place and occasion. It’s very dramatic and he’s put real effort into each and every character.’ Seilern enjoyed its comedic references to cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé and Wilkinson praised ‘its obsessive, pictorial nature.’ Pearman commended the evidence shown here for the possibility for architects to move into the realms of illustration. Nobody could dispute Gibb’s assertion that ‘the more you zoom into it, the more you realise that each and every person he portrays has an imagined life.’ #RIBA #RIBAJ #RIBAJournal #EyeLine2018 #RoyalCollegeofArt #drawing #pendrawing #DruryLane #architects #architecture