Next Dimension: The Old Mill

My series of mill models over the spring explored several structures, each with a full set of sails and apparently all necessary gear to go to work. I neglected to focus on their derelict colleagues, who in their way are just as charming, perhaps more so inasmuch as stimulating the imagination and exuding their own haunting embrace.

I’ve not based my model on any particular mill this time; I just harked back to the days when I would go round the Broads on Sundays and then come back, inspired, and create my own landscape drawings. Never was there not a windmill in view! I have essentially circled back round to that with these exercises, which is probably why they’re so enjoyable.

What these offer over a Biro sketch, of course, is a real command of dimension and exploration. The approach to such a mill can be fun, cutting through the askew and unkempt veil of these artefacts. Overgrown pathways and sheltered streams, everywhere but nowhere to go, giving a true sense of discovery (and triumph, despite the nettle stings!) upon actually reaching the destination…

…and then of course you realise there was a clear footpath if only you’d approached from the other way. Still, though.

This twirling time machine may have long since ground to a halt, but its impact… wait, was it me, or did you just see a man at the door…?

Flashback to former glories, or resplendent restoration? You decide.

  1. Wowser, that little video is superb, I love the black and white to colour, and derelict, to original state. These buildings have such personality ❤️

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    • Jacob said:

      They certainly do! What a marvellous sight it is to see one restored and working. Thanks, Rebecca – glad you like that video especially, it took about eighteen hours to render!! 😮

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      • Jacob said:

        Tee hee! 🙂 I think it took longer to render than to build! Need to ask Santa for some new hardware!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie! Yes – I’ve a couple of niggles with it, but overall it was well worth the wait!

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  2. itsmyhusbandandme said:

    The last pic looks amazing.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, JP – yes, it’s the dream house!


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