I've wanted to draw the Quirk Hotel for such a long time! Located in the heart of the RVA arts district, I am so excited to include this illustration in the upcoming 2019 RVA Calendar (my 6th edition, can you believe it?!)!
Now for a little history behind this gorgeous architecture - the Italian Renaissance design was built in 1916 for the dry goods store JB Mosby & Co and according to Quirk's website, the building "was noted for being the first fireproof department store in the city".
Quirk Hotel was born from my favorite RVA gallery - Quirk Gallery - which is now located in the three-story brick building connected to the hotel and exhibits work by both established and emerging artists. Quirk is rated one of the top hotels in Richmond and if you ever set foot inside it's easy to see why. If you haven't been inside yet, do yourself a favor and drop by for a cup of coffee or a drink at the rooftop bar! This is such a fun and welcoming space, with it's massive windows, limestone arches and striped awnings - I looooved drawing it!
Here's the photo I took to reference for my illustration:
Here's some progress shots!
The finished illustration was created on 9 x 12" 100lb Bristol paper using Micron pens:
Once the drawing was complete it was time for some fun color editing! Because Quirk Hotel & Quirk Gallery are known for their love of pink, I messed around with a light shade:
Now I have some questions for you! One - do you like it when the building is more abstracted / color blocked, or do you prefer it when the building is more realistic? Two - do you like the pink or would you like to see it in a different color? Comment below and I'll take your opinions into consideration before deciding on the final piece for the 2019 RVA Calendar (stay tuned on the preorder date, coming soon!).
Thanks for reading along! :)
*If you would like to order a print of Quirk Hotel & Gallery you can do so by clicking HERE! As always remember to check out the Shop RVA section for all original Richmond landmark illustrations, paintings and prints!
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