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HOTEL

Hotel Rooms + Travel Sketches (67 Rooms sketched on location by measuring)

Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara


Copyright Š 2012 Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara Designed, printed and bound in the United States of America. All rights reserved. No part of this book (except small portions for review purposes) may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electric or mechanical, including photocopying and recording or by any information storage, or retrieval system, without permission from the author. For information please contact: mike@daikubara.com I’d like to give a special thanks to my friend Judy Nagle for proof reading my 1st draft. Also a special thanks to my wife Kana for giving me many suggestions for the book and on top of that having the patience to wait for me while I sketched all these rooms!

I’m also an Urban Sketcher! www.urbansketchers.org


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There’s a scene from one of my favorite movies by Jim Jarmusch called “Mystery Train” (1989) where a young Japanese couple checks into a Memphis hotel and the guy starts taking pictures of the room: Girl: Why do you only take pictures of the rooms we stay in and never what we see outside while we travel? Guy: Those other things are in my memory. The hotel rooms and the airports are the things I’ll forget. For some reason I really loved this scene and thought it was so true. I’ve already been sketch-

ing at airports for years and it’s been an excellent way to remember. This movie wasn’t the only influence but I also started to sketch hotel rooms too. I began sketching the rooms by first observing, then I started to carry around measuring devices to capture it more accurately. Whether the trip was personal or business related and no matter how tired I was from working all day or how early I had to wake up in the morning, I measured and sketched the rooms. This almost became “mandatory” as something I had to do and I’m glad I did. 6 years and over 60 hotel rooms later, I can vividly remember all the details about each trip. Since I’m “addicted”, I’ll definitely continue to capture the hotel rooms I stay in the future. I hope you enjoy my sketches and stories as I have traveled the world.

Mike D May 9th, 2012

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Table of Contents TOC

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64 Hotel Rooms, 2 Apartments & 1 Sketch Process

Date

Hotel Name

Web

Country

Location

01

2006 December 9th

Hyatt Arlington

Http://arlington.hyatt.com/

USA

Washington DC

02

2006 December 25th

Hotel Metro

Http://www.hotelmetronyc.com/

USA

New York City

03

2007 March 25th

Grand Hotel Isoya

Http://www.grandhotel-isoya.co.jp/

Japan

Choshi, Chiba

04

2007 April 4th

Kotohira Sankaku

Http://www.kotosankaku.jp/

Japan

Kagawa-ken

05

2007 May 5th

Double Tree Hotel

Http://doubletree1.hilton.com/

USA

Philadelphia, PA

06

2007 May 13th

W Chicago Center

Http://www.starwoodhotels.com/

USA

Chicago, IL

07

2007 June 11th

University Hotel/ Radisson

Http://universityhotelminneapolis.com/

USA

Minneapolis, MN

08

2007 June 21st

Embassy Suites

Http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/

USA

Schaumburg, IL

09

2007 July 31st

Penha Longa

Http://www.penhalonga.com/

Portugal

Sintra

10

2007 September 29th

Hampton Inn

Http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com/

USA

NYC/ JFK

11

2007 November 3rd

H么tel Ch芒teau Bellevue

Http://www.hotelchateaubellevue.com

Canada

Quebec City

12

2007 November 13th

Hotel Park Plaza

Http://www.bostonparkplaza.com/

USA

Boston, MA

13

2007 November 28th

Hampton Inn

Http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com/

USA

Joliet, IL

14

2007 December 9th

Double Tree Hotel

Http://doubletree1.hilton.com/

USA

Dana Point, CA

15

2008 January 7th

Hilton Tokyo

Http://www.hilton.co.jp/

Japan

Tokyo

16

2008 January 9th

Tokyo Dome Hotel

Http://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/e/

Japan

Tokyo

17

2008 January 20th

Hilton Cologne

Http://www1.hilton.com/

Germany

Cologne

18

2008 January 21st

Sheraton Frankfurt

Http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton

Germany

Frankfurt

19

2008 January 22nd

Best Western

Http://www.bestwestern.com/

Germany

Marburg

20

2008 January 23rd

City Class Hotel Savoy

Http://www.cityclass.de/

Germany

Haan

21

2008 January 24th

Quality Hotel

Http://www.quality-hotel-berlin-tegel.de/

Germany

Berlin

22

2008 January 31st

Marriott

Http://www.marriott.com/

USA

Cincinnati, OH

23

2008 March 20th

Hampton Inn

Http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com/

USA

Secaucus, NJ

24

2008 March 30th

Crown Plaza Hotel

Http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/

USA

Niagara Falls, NY

25

2008 April 5th

Embassy Suites

Http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/

USA

Washington DC

26

2008 April 24th

Westin

Http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/

USA

Cincinnati, OH

27

2008 April 29th

Holiday Inn Dedham

Http://www.holidayinn.com/

USA

Dedham, MA

28

2008 April 30th

Holiday Inn Express

Http://www.hiexpress.com/

USA

Braintree, MA

2006 - 2012


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2008 May 1st

Hampton Inn

Http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com/

USA

Braintree, MA

30

2008 May 7th

The Time

Http://www.thetimeny.com/

USA

New York City

31

2008 May 15th

Guggisberg Swiss Inn

Http://www.guggisbergswissinn.com/

USA

Holmes County, OH

32

2008 November 16th

Lodge at Chichen Itza

Http://www.mayaland.com/

Mexico

Yukatan

33

2008 November 17th

Hilton Cancun

Http://www.hilton.com/

Mexico

Cancun

34

2009 March 23rd

Mohegan Sun

Http//www.mohegansun.com/

USA

Uncasville, Connecticut

35

2009 April 10th

Orchards Hotel

Http://orchardshotel.com/

USA

Williamstown, MA

36

2009 May 24th

Delta Hotel

Http://www.deltahotels.com/

Canada

New Brunswick

37

2009 June 27th

Hilton Garden Inn

Http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/

USA

Portsmouth, NH

38

2009 July 12th

Double Tree Hotel

Http://doubletree1.hilton.com/

USA

Schaumburg, IL

39

2009 July 13th

Wingate Inn

Http://www.wingatehotels.com/

USA

Arlington Heights, IL

40

2009 September 12th

Grand Hyatt

Http://www.grandwashington.hyatt.com/

USA

Washington DC

41

2009 November 18th

Opus

Http://www.opushotel.com/

Canada

MontrĂŠal, Canada

42

2009 November 20th

Crowne Point

Http://www.crownepointe.com/

USA

Provincetown, MA

43

2009 December 6th

The Eton Hotel

Http://www.etonhotelshanghai.cn/

China

Shanghai

44

2009 December 8th

Landison Plaza Hotel

Http://www.landisonplazahotel.com.cn/

China

Hangzhou

45

2009 December 12th

Intercontinental Hotel

Http://www.hongkong.intercontinental.com

China

Hong Kong

46

2009 December 15th

Parkview Hotel

Http://www.parkviewhotel.com.cn/

China

Dongguang

47

2010 March 11th

Hotel Sunshine Tokushima

Http://www.hotel-sunshine.co.jp/

Japan

Tokushima

48

2010 July 30th

The Mark Spencer Hotel

Http://www.markspencer.com/

USA

Portland, OR

49

2010 August 8th

Intercontinental Hotel

Http://www.hongkong.intercontinental.com/

China

Hong Kong

50

2010 August 10th

Four Points

Http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/

China

Shenzhen

51

2010 August 12th

Parkview Hotel

Http://www.parkviewhotel.com.cn/

China

Dongguang

52

2010 August 13th

The Mira

Http://www.themirahotel.com/

China

Hong Kong

53

2010 August 18th

Four Points

Http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints

China

Shenzhen

54

2010 August 20th

Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Http://www.harbour-plaza.com

China

Hong Kong

55

2010 September 24th

Residence Inn Marriott

Http://www.marriott.com/

USA

North Conway, NH

56

2010 November 25th

Monte Carlo

Http://www.montecarlo.com/

USA

Las Vegas, NV

57

2010 December 24th

MGM foxwoods

Http://www.foxwoods.com/

USA

Connecticut

58

2011 February 1st

Pelham Court

Http://pelhamcourthotel.com/

USA

Newport, RI

59

2011 February 3rd

Holiday Inn

Http://www.holidayinn.com/

USA

South Kingstown, RI

60

2011 April 16th

Novotel Hotel

Http://www.novotel.com/

Belgium

Brussels

61

2011 April 19th

Hotel Arena

Http://www.hotelarena.nl/

Holland

Amsterdam

62

2011 April 20th

Hotel V

Http://www.hotelv.nl/

Holland

Amsterdam

63

2011 April 23rd

Royal Windsor Hotel

Http://www.royalwindsorbrussels.com/

Belgium

Brussels

64

2012 January 6th

Menlo Park Inn

Http://www.menloparkinn.com/

USA

Menlo Park, CA

A

2005 - 2008

Carson Street Commons

Http://www.carsonstreetcommons.com/

USA

Pittsburgh, PA

B

2008 - 2011

Cliffwalk Apartments

Http://www.equityapartments.com

USA

Quincy, MA

C

2012 January 29th

Residence Inn Marriott

HTTP://www.marriott.com/residence-inn

USA

Portland, ME

2006 - 2012

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USA | CANADA MEXICO

06

22

08

26

31

24

A

05

41

37

11

42

55

36

13 38 39

CANADA

USA

MEXICO

64

6

48

14

56

07

32

33

35

34

58

12

57

59

27

01

02

25

10

40

23

28

30

29 B

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PORTUGAL | BELGIUM HOLLAND | GERMANY

HOLLAND GERMANY

BELGIUM

PORTUGAL

09

60

61

63

62

17

20

18

19

21

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HONG KONG | CHINA JAPAN

JAPAN

CHINA

HONG KONG

46

50

45

51

53

49 52 54

8

44

43

04

47

15 16

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Sketching Process Flow Chart START HERE How much time and concentration do I have? How interesting is the room? (Pick 1 approach) 1) Very little 2) Moderate 3) Lots

Check Into hotel

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Is there a hotel stationary paper in the room?

2

3

Plan view

3/4 Perspective

1 Pt Perspective

Typical required time:

Typical required time:

Typical required time:

1 ~ 2 Hours

2 ~ 3 Hours

3 Hours ~

Yes

No

Call reception. Do they have one?

Yes. Pick up

No

Look for alternative paper. • Memo pad • Fax paper • Envelope Is it good enough?

Pick a scale that best fits the paper: • 1/8” = 1’ (1:96) • 3/16”= 1’ (1:64) • 1/4” = 1’ (1:48) * *This is the most commonly used scale

Yes

Start Sketching

No

Use plain paper brought from home?

Yes

No

Give up?

*Measure

Pencil

Erase

Ink

Color

*Details on section No

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Stamp on Page 132

Complete!

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Kotosankaku

04 2007

Mysterious Hidden Room? Kagawa-Ken, Japan Http://www.kotosankaku.jp/

My wife and I took a trip with my in-laws (Parents, Sister/ Brother in-law) to this place my father had been before that he really liked. During this trip I learned about ‘Ohenro’ (Which I later experienced in 47 ) and also learned to make Sanuki Style Udon by hand. The room was a spacious 12.5 Jyo (tatami) room with nice calligraphy, lamps and flowers as decoration. I began measuring the room to sketch and for some reason the measurements would not add up especially in the bathroom area. After careful observation it turned out that there was a small hidden area between the toilet and the bath tub especially made to conceal plumbing. I would have never found this out if I had not measured!

‘Udatsu’ in Wakimachi. The Japanese expression “Udatsu ga agaranai” originated from here.

Sketch done a few days earlier in Osaka “Statue of Taiyo” by Taro Okamoto

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April 4th, 2007

17


Double Tree Hotel

05 2007

Diagonal Room and Lots of Art Philadelphia, PA Http://www.doubletree1.hilton .com

A small weekend trip to Philadelphia. This room had an unusual layout with lots of paintings of fruits and flowers. There also was a same painting displayed twice in the room. Philadelphia sight seeing information magazines were scattered on the coffee table. It was a nice room but had no hot water and we had to call the maintenance people twice.

Inside the Liberty bell center. A woman demonstrating an old yarn spinning machine.

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May 5th, 2007

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W - Chicago Center

06 2007

Everything in the Room for Sale? Chicago, IL Http://www.starwoodhotels.com

A multi disciplinary design conference that I attended called “Gravity Free” took place at this hotel so I ended up staying here as well - great conference! I’ve stayed in a few W hotels in the past, also known as a designer hotel with chic furniture and modern layouts. Lots of Black and White photos covered the walls and lots of items in the room were on sale too. They included: • Oreos • Snickers • Gummy Bears • Cocoa Bon • Twizzlers • M&M • Pringles • Chocolate Mint • Cabernet wine • Cork screw • Voss (water) • CD • T-shirt • Baseball Cap • Bear Doll • Umbrella • and lots of drinks in the mini bar It almost felt like everything in the room was for sale!

W Lobby

The ‘Bean’ Sculpture

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May 13th, 2007

21


University Hotel / Radisson

07

Bed Firmer or Softer?

2007

Minneapolis, MN Http://www.universityhotelminneapolis.com

This hotel located near the University of Minnesota had a nice view of the school campus from the room window. The most unusual item found in the room was a TV remote control sized device wired to the bed - Instructions were also on the bed and explained that the bed firmness/ softness can be adjusted changing the number on the controller display. I played around with it slightly but honestly could not feel the difference - but then once again, I’m not a finicky sleeper and can sleep in most situations. On the lower left side of my drawing on the next page calls out a “plumbing from next door room” but having looked at this drawing again, I believe it’s the next door closet space.

Frank Gehry designed museum It was closed on this day - Bummer...

Store in the Minneapolis airport

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June 11th, 2007

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The Mark Spencer Hotel

48 2010

1st International Urban Sketchers Symposium Portland, OR Http://www.markspencer.com/

One day on the internet I accidentally found a website dedicated to “Urban Sketchers” people that sketch on location in urban settings. This is something I have been doing for over 10 years and was exited to learn about such a group. They were having their 1st symposium get together in Oregon and I quickly signed up to attend. 3 days of constant sketching and meeting lots of people with a passion for urban sketching was an inspiring experience. There were people from all sorts of backgrounds and professions, as well as people attending from all over the world. I’ve experienced so much that I probably have more than enough stories and sketches from the symposium to fill up one book! The Mark Spencer hotel was a hotel recommended by the symposium and was in walking distance to the event location. The room was more than spacious for 1 person, especially the walk in closet was huge and I left it unused. This room was called the “courtyard view” room and it definitely was but since it was on the first floor and was right in front of the main entrance, it wasn’t the best room to have the curtains open.

Porter square. This was Gabi’s (founder of Urban Sketchers) session on teaching us to capture the atmosphere.

Kenny & Zuke’s deli across the street from the Hotel. Good food and friendly waiter.

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July 30th, 2010

95


The Mira

52

Noise Survival Kit

2010

Hong Kong Http://www.themirahotel.com/

Upon returning to Hong Kong, my reservation to stay again at the Intercontinental was lost for some reason. Looking around for another neighboring hotel, I ended up staying at the Mira, a designer boutique type of hotel located in a busier part of town next to the large Miramar shopping centre. Upon checking in I was handed a small red box labeled the “Noise Survival Kit” - it contained a card explaining that there was construction going on in the shopping centre next door and they did not want customers feeling distracted by the sound. The box contained a set of ear plugs and 1 chocolate. I thought this was a very clever kit and even when hearing some construction noise from my room, it didn’t bother me. The room was very modern and what stood out was the amount of electronic gadgets in the room, such as: • Bose iPod speaker • Logitec universal remote • Sony wireless keyboard • Sony DVD player • Nokia cell phone (a room phone that was wireless could also be used in the city) • Philips digital clock • Iwata phone (with large display) The wall between the bathtub and the bed was also just clear glass! (A blind from inside the tub was there if privacy was needed)

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My weekend trip to ‘Tai-O’ and old fishing village with lots of houses built over water on stilts.

1st sketch in Tai-O. Hot day, it was 96º F with no breeze. Beautiful island though.


August 13th, 2010

103


Royal Windsor Hotel

63

2 Large Closets

2011

Brussels, Belgium Http://www.royalwindsorbrussels.com/

After the Amsterdam film festival, the in-laws moved on to the next showing in Paris. Due to my work schedule, we had to depart and came back to Brussels to catch a plane back to the US. It was somewhat comforting to come back to Brussels, much more relaxed and less people after spending a few nights in the busy city of Amsterdam. Royal Windsor hotel was located just a few blocks up the street from the previous hotel ( 61 ) and was rated high in an internet review. Compared to the last 3 hotels which were modern in style, this room was traditional and quite ornate in details. As a personal style, I tend to prefer the clean modern aesthetics but the treatment on this room was executed nicely and I felt traditional styles could be nice too. The room was fun to sketch with lots of details but what particularly caught my attention was the 2 wooden cabinets installed by the window. The left was a wardrobe and the right had a TV, fridge, food, gifts etc. It was nicely incorporated into the room without taking away from the overall decor.

HergĂŠ wall painting. Loved this!

Street musicians. They all seemed like music student but were really good.

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April 23rd, 2011

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Carson Street Commons

A 2006

1st Measured Sketch Pittsburgh, PA Http://www.carsonstreetcommons.com/

For 3 years we used to live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in a part of town called the South Side. People familiar with Pittsburgh from the past would imagine this location to be predominantly an industrial area with large steel mill factories. All the large scale factories have been gutted down and for years Pittsburgh has been working hard on trying to revive the area which is now filled with new housings, stores and restaurants. The Carson Street Commons was also one of those newer building and was clean and modern in style. This apartment sketch was made a month before the one I did in Washington DC ( 01 ) so technically this would be the first room interior drawing I did by measuring. A rectangular apartment, the long corridor from the entrance lead into an open kitchen and living room. Instead of buying a bulky sofa, we bought a large bean bag cushion that made it easy to move around when space was needed. Since my wife and I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, a large portion of the living room was dedicated to a work table which would typically be used as an area for dining. (We usually had dinner on the coffee table or the kitchen counter) The bathroom was accessible from both the bedroom and the kitchen side. You just had to be careful to close/ lock the other door when guest were in the house.

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Pen Pen’s trying to climb up a custom ‘fixie’ bike my friend Henry built for me.


2005 - 2008

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Residence Inn Marriott

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Sketching Tools & Process Portland, ME Http://www.equityapartments.com/

Tools Used: Stanley fat max laser measuring device. This tool makes it easy to measure long distances with a push of a button

Stanley 10 feet tape measure

Weekend trip to Portland, Maine. I’ve been to this beautiful town in the past and decided to document the entire sketching process capturing each step. This was a pleasure trip and I had more time than a business trip so I decided on capturing the room through 1 point perspective. This room was quite complicated and took 5 hours!

Sakura Micron 01 pen (0.25mm) Sakura Micron 05 pen (0.45mm) 0.5mm mechanical HB pencil Muji cold open ruler. Long straightedge especially helps when using 1 point perspective and this one is compact enough to carry around

Kneaded eraser

Letter sized clip board. Used for being able to sketch anywhere in the room

Cosco date stamper. customized to include my name

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Mini architectural ruler with binder clip. This ruler is used to do a scaled drawing and the binder clip helps to easily keep track of the side that is being used for the scale

Sakura Koi watercolor kit. 24 Colors inserted with a sponge. The additional plastic tray was discarded since I never used it

Holbein waterbrush medium sized brush


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Step 1) The width x length is measured then blocked out on the center of the paper. The laser pointer makes it a breeze to measure the overall size of the room. The height is projected using 1 point perspective. For this room 1/4 Inch = 1 feet scale fit the best.

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Step 3) Begin 1 point perspective projection upward. Using the vanishing point found in the center of the page, all of the items are projected upward using the appropriate measurements for each item. Note that the items that are closer to the center vanishing point tends to have much less ‘depth’ than the items further away.

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Step 2) Once the overall size of the room is blocked out, the larger items such as the bed, cabinet, sofa, table is captured using the tape measure then every other smaller items are filled in afterwards. (Penciling time: 1hr 15 min)

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Step 4) Completion of 1 point perspective projection. This room was much more complicated than I originally imagined and this step took a long time (Projection time: 2 hrs)

January 29th, 2012

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PEN PEN with her favorite toys

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Giclee Prints available

Thank you for looking through the book and hope you enjoyed it! If you are interested, high quality Giclee prints are available for sale of all hotel room sketches shown in this book. I made a few prints for my friends and was very happy with the quality so I wanted to share them with everyone. •

They are printed on heavy weight medium Hahnemuhle William Turner watercolor paper (Hahnemuhle is a very well known and respected German manufacturer of cotton rag papers) Sizing varies according to the sketch but a typical dimension is 9-1/2” (241.3 mm) wide x 12” (304.8 mm) long which includes a 1” (25.4mm) white margin for matting purposes. Each print will be signed.

Sample Giclee print photos. Sturdy enough paper to hang without a frame.

For further information, please visit my website: www.daikubara.com

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About the author

Mike Daikubara is an Industrial Designer and Urban Sketcher capturing his everyday journey even when at home. In 2000, Mike began to avidly sketch his surroundings and decided in 2006 to expand his talents to sketching the hotel rooms he traveled to. All of Mike’s hotel sketches are to scale, providing the reader a highly detailed rendering for each location. Now six years later he’s extremely excited that his hotel sketches have turned into this book. A few years back his father gave him 4 old sketchbooks which belonged to his great grand father. That was the first time he felt sketching ran in his family.

Photo at Chichen Itza - Mexico

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