Amalia Sanchez de la Blanca, 45 is an architect-turned- illustrator specialising in drawing iconic buildings. Originally from Spain, she moved to the UK 19 years ago to study architecture and decided to stay.
How would you describe your business?
“Linescapes products feature detailed illustrations of iconic landmarks mainly from London and Brighton.”
How did you build it?
“Linescapes started 2 and a half years ago when I was convalescing from an illness and decided to pass the time by drawing some of the buildings I admire the most in Brighton. My first drawing was of the shelters on the seafront.”
What were your influences and who were your inspirations?
“My inspiration comes from my love of conservation and Modernist architecture. I love Georgian buildings as well as 20th century landmarks by architects such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.”
Where would you like to see yourself taking your business? “I want to grow my collections to include at least a building from every major UK city as well as buildings from New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, etc.”
What makes you passionate about your business?
“I’m passionate about my business because I’m doing what I enjoyed most about being an architect: designing and drawing.”
Have you got any other hobbies?
“Playing with my new whippet puppy (Mylo).”
If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
“A whippet of course! They are playful but also incredibly chilled out and loving.”
What effect would you like your work to have on the world?
“I’d like people to see the buildings they are so familiar with but from an architect’s perspective with an artistic twist.”
What makes you happy?
“Getting house portrait commissions and reading the customer’s comments when they receive them.”
What is one of your greatest achievement?
“Being commissioned by The Wallace Collection to create a range of products for them featuring their building in Manchester Square, London.”
What do you love about Brighton?
“The architecture and the friendly and creative people living in it.”
What would be your inspiring message for humanity?
“Try to make a living doing something you love.”