Linescapes specialises in highly detailed CAD architectural portraits of iconic buildings, architectural landmarks and bespoke house portraits. Set up in 2014 by Amalia Sanchez de la Blanca, Linescapes offers a range of architecture-inspired prints, cards and gifts.
Read our Interview with Amalia below:
1. How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim?
I was working as an architect in London full time until 4 years ago when I moved to Brighton. I took some time off to decide what to do next and started drawing Brighton landmarks in CAD, I showed them to some people and shops started stocking them so I decided to take the plunge and gave myself two years to make it work. I haven’t looked back since then and Linescapes is going from strength to strength.
2. Who did you learn from, who inspires you? What or who were your early influences and how has your life/upbringing influenced your work?
My inspiration comes from anyone who can show the art in architecture whether it is through drawings or photography. I believe that architecture is the only truly functional art form so I have always been fascinated by shapes and volumes and how they can be manipulated by light, people, context, etc. The early Case Study houses in California were the first buildings I came across during my time in Los Angeles that made me realize there is a lot of beauty in architecture.
3. What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why? What can you tell us about your current artwork, or example, do you explore any specific themes or subjects?
I’m currently inspired by the changing light in Brighton throughout the seasons. That’s why I created the sunset collection and I’m now working on a night version of some of my most popular prints. I’m also adding (slowly) buildings from all major UK cities.
4. What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques? Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?
All my drawings are done on Vectorworks, a CAD software I have used all my professional life. It is very versatile so I can do everything there including line drawings, colours, shades, etc. without the need for any post-production on Photoshop or Illustrator. I work from home with my trusted iMac and my faithful whippe Mylo at my feet. The spare room is now my studio where I draw and where I keep all my stock.
5. How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
Since I started I have improved my drawings by adding things like clouds and birds, adding more accurate details, and printing them professionally on archival paper. I have simplified my products too after spending 4 years testing the ground and noting what people like.
6. Which book would you recommend as inspiration?
My favourite book is “Le Corbusier Redrawn – The Houses” by Steven Park. It features some of Le Corbusier’s best buildings drawn in 3D on Sketch Up and beautifully presented. Pure joy!