Archibald Leitch Stand Elevation

My interest in the Main Stand peaked significantly after plans were finalised for replacement of the structure towards the end of 2016. As a student of Architecture and lifelong Hearts fan, the significance of the 103 year-old building was of particular interest to me and I started to delve slightly deeper into the background of the stand that had served generations of Tynecastle crowds.

Until relatively recently I was quite unaware of stadium architect Archibald Leitch, at least by name. Surprising, considering the way his work and innovative approach to spectator experience so heavily influenced the way football has developed in the UK across the last century. His design for the stand at Tynecastle bears many of the trademarks of his work at the time although the omission of a decorative gable sets it apart from it’s closest contemporaries, the Johnny Haynes Stand at Fulham’s Craven Cottage one of the few surviving examples of this.

Copies of Leitch’s original drawings accompanied many of the published case studies of his stadium architecture that I came across, although this was not the case for the Main Stand at Tynecastle. In line with this, a request for information from the Edinburgh City Archives revealed that no plans were held for the site of Tynecastle and that they had potentially been missing for many years. In the interest of preserving an accurate architectural record of the familiar façade, I decided to document it as it appeared shortly before demolition began.

The result is an artistic adaption of a traditional architectural elevation. Stylised for commemorative print, it displays white line work against a background of maroon and features individual brick and signage detail. The print will hopefully serve as a way to mark an historic moment in the history of Heart of Midlothian Football Club and hold sentimental value for those who harbour fond memories of the long-serving stand.

View the print at the link below:

https://www.heartsdirect.co.uk/item/1612/GiftsMerchandise/Archibald-Leitch-Stand-Large-Framed-Print-by-Peter-Burt.html

 

 

 

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AP McCoy

 

A commissioned piece of Irish jockey Tony McCoy winning the 2010 Grand National on Don’t Push It. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing this as it was my first experiment with drawing an animal and I relished the challenge it presented. In total it took between 50 – 55 hours to complete.

As my most recent drawing at the time of writing, I had also created a promotional video to accompany, in a bid to create a more imaginative representation of my artwork and content in a social media landscape.

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Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Jamie Vardy

This portrait of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy was drawn in celebration of the striker’s wonderful performances throughout their title winning season of 2015/16. With the hype surrounding Leicester at the time, it felt ideal to pay tribute to their achievement in this way.

The finished piece took 45 – 50 hours. My favourite parts are the details on the badge and kit, which completed a more extended portrait profile than any I had done before.

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Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Andy Murray

This drawing a was a quick sketch drawn during Andy Murray’s final win against the Canadian Milos Raonic at Wimbledon 2016. It’s a smaller drawing than the rest, at approximately 15 x 15cm, taking about 5 – 6 hours to complete.

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Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Neymar Jr.

 

As a player that excited me to watch, I decided to add a drawing of Neymar. I was also experimenting with time-lapse videos at the time and figuring out ways of creating engaging content that extended beyond a post of the drawing itself. Seeing it take shape in a short space of time in the video was satisfying.

NeymarWebThe drawing was also created at A4 size using a selection of graphite pencils ranging from 5H – 9H. The image I used to draw from was his Barcelona profile photo for the season. Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Alan Stubbs

A piece drawn to commemorate the end of Hibernian’s 114 year wait to lift the Scottish Cup. Being a Hearts fan, it hurt slightly to devote so much of my time to creating a celebratory piece. That said, I have a lot of friends across the divide and I was glad to see them enjoy it.

Time taken to complete was between 40 and 50 hours. It was A4 in size and I remember late nights and a rushed week following the cup final in an attempt to finish and produce prints as soon as possible! Worth the time and effort as the original now hangs amongst other memorabilia in the house of a staunch Hibs supporter – hopefully a momento that’ll be cherished for years to come.

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Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Conor McGregor

This drawing of Conor McGregor I finished in September 2016, in the month following his re-match victory over Nate Diaz.

Slightly smaller than my previous drawings, I aimed to capture more detail and depth by condensing the workspace to an A5. Completion time was between 50 and 55 hours, with his chest tattoo and wet-look hair proving the toughest challenges to capture correctly. ConorMcGregorWeb

Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Cristiano Ronaldo

As a follow up to my Lionel Messi piece, I produced a pencil portrait of the Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, which was completed in March 2016. Positive feedback had prompted me to create a separate Instagram account specifically for sharing my art, taking it more seriously in an attempt to push more of it out across social media.

The drawing was also created at A4 size using a selection of graphite pencils ranging from 5H – 9H. The image I used to draw from was a shot from a PokerStars promotion. This drawing took longer to finish, with approximately 50 hours spent in total.RonaldoWebPrints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

Bernabeu

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid – 12th March 2017

Lionel Messi

The first piece I decided to share publicly on social media, a pencil portrait of the incredible Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Completed in July 2015.

The drawing was created at A4 size using a selection of graphite pencils ranging from 5H – 9H. I used his Argentina squad photo from the 2014 World Cup as inspiration, with the total time taken to complete between 30 and 35 hours.

Prints of this drawing are available here, in canvas, poster and mounted print format.

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