Sketch of the Week . 006 . Salvador Dali

Over the past few weeks of sketching, I have come to learn that there are a few readers out there that enjoy the weird and quirky just as much as I do. I have asked what artists you’d like to see me explore and on more than one occasion you have requested Salvador Dali, so I have decided it is time to explore a little surrealism (pun intended).

One of Dali’s most famous works is Persistence of Memory. This painting depicts a number of clocks melting in a vast landscape. Like all of his work, the strangeness of the scene is amplified by the fact that it is drawn with a  precise realism, creating a world that might be discovered only while dreaming. Dali explained that the melting clocks are symbolic of the relativity of space and time in our subconscious. Many speculated that the meaning may have been linked to Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, however Dali confirmed that this was not the case.

Salvador Dali’s The Peristence of Memory 1931

I have been particularly drawn to Persistence of Memory and this depiction of time, considering my own relationship with time and architecture. Any seasoned architect will tell you:

Take the time you think it will take to complete a project and multiply that by at least four to determine the time it will take to actually complete a project.

This is an example of Hofstadter’s Law, which states: It will take longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

This week’s feature sketch depicts the life of an architect as it is subjected to Hofstadter’s Law and as influenced by Salvador Dali’s style. In my drawing, you will see three clocks. The clock on the wall depicts the current time. The clock within the face of the architect depicts the time he thinks it will take to complete his model. Lastly, the clock within the model depicts the time it will actually take to complete. All the while the architect is surrounded by a haze of model glue fumes.

Bonus question: Who can guess what famous building inspired the model in the drawing?


If you have any artists you’d like to see me explore through a quick feature sketch, let me know!

Also, if you haven’t seen my previous sketches, go check them out here:




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