Portraits of the Home in Pen & Ink

Here's a selection of some of the pen and ink portraits I've done in recent years. Many of them are in Chicago/the Chicagoland area.

What I love is looking back on the homes and remembering some of the personal or specific building details requested: a cat in the window, a potted plant, a brick detail. For many, it would be the portrait a home that they were leaving behind, so the details that made the home *theirs* became especially important, but bittersweet.

I'll get around to updating this with other home/building portraits in my collection periodically.

chicago bungalow with awninglogan square home
two flat beverly tudorcottage oak park foursquare architecturespanish tile roof drawing
arts and crafts bungalowtwo flat and three flat six flat renderingtwo flat chicago drawingtudor apartmentscourtyard apartment buildinglincoln park greystonechicago cubs homelogan square home victorian home drawingdutch colonial home evanston
modern townhome drawingbucktown homechicago two flat drawing
bungalow drawingsix flat buildingitalianate two flatbungalow illustrationchicago two flat modern chicago bungalowandersonville greystone
evanston home drawingcraftsman bungalow chicago suburbs drawinglincoln park home rendering
six flat buildingchicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago three flatchicago building renderingchicago building renderingprairie homeamerican foursquarevictorian homechicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago home renderingchicago home rendering
chicago back stairs drawingchicago two flat
chicago storefrontvictorian homechicago commercial building drawingchicago fire escape drawingchicago bungalow drawingchicago turret corner buildingchicago cottagechicago cottagechicago three flatchicago home drawingchicago cottagechicago two flat drawing

prairie chicago homechicago town homeworkers cottagechicago greystoneevanston colonial chicago townhomeschicago commercial buildingchicago workers cottagechicago alley illustrationchicago six flat in lakeview

Downtown Architectural Styles of Chicago

Because the neighborhood-focused "Home Styles of Chicago" needed a companion piece: This new print celebrate the variety of classic Chicago architectural styles that you can see in and around the loop. These buildings are representative of certain styles, some of which first flourished in Chicago itself. The first skyscrapers of the "Chicago School," the soaring and organic Sullivan-designed (or mimicked) buildings, the Mies-made modernist highrises.

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Process: From brick and mortar to pen and ink

This is a bungalow in Mayfair, a neighborhood bordering Albany Park and rich in bungalows. I thought this home was cool because of its Spanish tile roof and dormers. I also thought it was interesting in that the home has its entrance on its broad side. Generally, Chicago bungalows have their front doors on their narrow side--which is part of what makes the Midwestern bungalows unique and distinct from the much broader California bungalows, for one. Enjoy. 

This was made by talented videographer, Jack Brandtman, who has a series of fantastic Chicago-themed videos on his Youtube channel . This is part of his series on Chicago makers. Go support him by watching and subscribing!

A Year of Homes: 2016

Here's a look back at a selection of the homes and buildings I drew this past year. It was a great year. Wishing you all the success and happiness you wish for in 2017. 

Here's the link to a vertical scrolling page of home portraits

January 01, 2017 — Phillip Thompson

Two-flats of Chicago: Variations on a Theme

Do you love Two-Flats? You can have a print of my FAVORITE two-flats in your home (or give the gift of a print to the two-flat lovers in your life)! 

Buy the Chicago Two-flat print here or click the image below!

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June 26, 2015 — Bench Bookkeeping