Alhambra column.

Drawing in progress, based upon the sketch below.
A sketch book study of a column from the Alhambra, as reference for a more developed drawing that I am working on.

Architecture and pattern design combine in the Alhambra palace complex in Granada. The cursive patterns cut into the surfaces of the walls are derived from poems written in stylised caligraphy, in whitch the words draw architectural features from the palace or are mixed with trees and plants from it's gardens.