An artist from Pontcanna has begun capturing her neighbourhood in pencil and crayon in an art project that created waves in the city this week.
Amanda Bathory launched Project Pontcanna on Monday by posting her black and white illustrations of Pontcanna online.
The 25-year-old, who is originally from Malvern, moved to Cardiff five years ago to study fine art at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and graduated in 2010 before trying to make art her full time career.
But she struggled to find a style, and after a year decided to go into full time work as a marketing executive.
But while taking a break from art she moved into a top floor flat in the heart of Pontcanna – on the corner of Cathedral Road, Mortimer Road and Pontcanna Street – with views up and down the busy streets.
She said: “You can people watch from there all day long, and I really started to feel a connection to the community.
“Then my parents came to see me. My mum was looking out the window and she said it’s like a little Paris.
“Something just clicked, and I sat down and started to draw the area. Observing the people, and making a connection with that Parisian feel, gave me a form and style.”
She began drawing in pencil and pencil crayons, taking inspiration from cyclists visiting the nearby Bike Shed, as well as buildings and businesses in the area such as the new Coffee #1, and Fish At 85.
She said: “That was the second drawing I did. By the time I finished that I knew what I was doing and I could feel it. I have done a drawing every single day since, and I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s really exciting.”
She posted her first drawing online on Monday, and Project Pontcanna was soon picked up on Twitter.
Amanda said she has been overwhelmed by the response in just six days.
She has already received two commissions – the first pieces she has ever been paid for – and said people have been e-mailing and tweeting her with suggestions of where to draw next, and advice on style and materials.
She added: “Because I live in the area I wanted to do something to capture it, and I started it for me to draw and enjoy. I had no idea they would be so popular.”
She now has a list of places in the area she wants to capture, and hopes to develop the blog over the coming weeks.
If anyone would like to talk to her about a commission or print, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org