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Learn about the architecture of twelve sacred, ancient Egyptian sites with architect Henry Ayon, author of Egyptian Places.
Egyptian Places is a monograph focusing on 12 sacred sites of ancient Egypt whose individual characteristics are described by written architectural commentary and illustrated by over 200 hand rendered drawings and graphic studies. The volume’s chapters are organized by individual sites and the drawings attempt to convey the unique architectural features and the mythic ethos of each place through visually rich, detailed drawings that convey the sense of these massive edifices set in a stark desert terrain. Central to the book’s evocation of the architectural distinction of the buildings is the hand rendering technique utilizing sepia pencil and markers to create a simulation of the colors and chroma of the landscape. Numerous drawings were scanned after the initial pencil sketch and manipulated in Photoshop to apply sepia coloration in various percentages of density, thereby illuminating different aspects of a particular scene or artifact. Originally from Central Texas, Mr. Ayon practices architecture in Richmond, Virginia and is a former Adjunct Faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught Design and Drawing. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture, he also holds a Master’s Degree in the Science of Historic Preservation from Columbia University in the City of New York. Mr. Ayon’s professional experience includes work in the offices of I. M. Pei and Gwathmey Siegal in New York City and Roche Dinkeloo in Connecticut.