Intricate Architecture Drawings Capture the Beauty of Gothic Buildings Across Europe

Architecture Sketches by Phoebe Atkey

From stained-glass windows to intricate stone carvings, Gothic architecture is incredibly impressive—especially considering many features were crafted by hand. It’s no surprise then that these ornate structures are the inspiration behind Bournemouth, England-based artist Phoebe Atkey’s highly-detailed architecture drawings.

From the arched doorway of Strasbourg Cathedral to Notre-Dame’s famous rose windows, Atkey captures the beauty of some of Europe’s most iconic buildings. The young, self-taught artist hand draws every ornate detail with incredible precision and perfect proportion. Atkey renders each drawing using a combination of pen and pencil, but keeps her palette monochrome. Clever shading and highlights make certain parts of the drawing appear three-dimensional, almost like you could reach out and touch the buildings’ stoney surfaces.

Check out some of Atkey’s impressive sketches below. Do you recognize the buildings and architectural features she’s drawn?

Artist Phoebe Atkey creates intricately detailed architectural drawings.

Architecture Sketches by Phoebe Atkey

The self-taught artist is inspired by some of Europe's most famous Gothic buildings.

Architecture Sketches by Phoebe Atkey

She draws every ornate detail with incredible precision and perfect proportion.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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