Sitting on the lawn in front of the Royal Crescent trying to sketch everyone that passes by during a sunny 20 minutes, sometimes just catching their feet, sometimes seeing them in the distance. It’s a sort of survey/sampling exercise, a bit messy, but closer to the busy life of a tourist honey-pot than I’ve managed before! Drawn in brown and blue inks with my new favourite mark-maker, a bamboo dip-pen. Spot the tour guide holding up his umbrella for his group to follow, and someone taking a Crescent selfie… Followed by another recent sketch of people in Bath, this time in pencil, and rain.
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Tagged bamboo dip pen, dip-pen sketching, John Barry, royal crescent, sketch of street in rain, sketch sampling movement, sketching in Bath, street scenes, urban sketching
Posted in airplane, airport, clouds, figures, journeys, kit, people watching, travel, urban, urban sketching
Tagged airplane sketches, airport sketches, sketch of clouds from plane, sketches of view from plane, sketching fellow passengers, sleeping on benches, The Replacements, urban sketching
We were surprised and delighted to find a massive unofficial hot-rod rally taking place on Sveavägen, the main drag where we were staying in Stockholm. It was the annual city gathering of ‘raggare’, fans of old American cars and 50’s ‘greaser’ culture, something I’d never heard of before but apparently HUGE in Sweden… It looked a bit intimidating at first, very loud, very beery, and with lots of echoes of hells-angels in the clothing, but it was a friendly crowd who either ignored my sketching or enjoyed my appreciation of their extravagant cars and bikes.
I started drawing the vehicles, but became much more interested in the people; the way they draped themselves over bonnets, poured out of car windows, peered into engines, and generally hung out in their outfits. Bamboo dip-pen wasn’t really going to work here, and I ended up using a marker pen as the light faded and the crowd got increasingly busy and ‘relaxed’! The sketches can’t convey the sheer volume of the engines being revved and over-revved as they slowly cruised up and down the boulevard. They’d all gone home by 2am, lightweights…
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Tagged sketch of vintage cadillac, sketching in Stockholm, sketching raggere, sketching vintage cars, Sveavägen car rally, The Suzan, urban sketching
Posted in art abandonment, bamboo dip pen, brush pen, clouds, dip pen, sea, Stockholm, waves
Tagged art abandonment, bamboo dip pen, Grinda Island, Marc Bolan, sketch of clouds, sketches of Stockholm archipelago, sketching waves
Two wide-angle train carriage views, one heading North to Manchester for the Symposium, and the other heading home. Both were done in a concertina sketchbook, and stretched across the table while I sketched. I asked the passengers if they were OK with me drawing them, and they were fine, mildly interested to see the results but otherwise indifferent; must remember to ask more often! I just managed to capture the man putting his luggage on the rack, but spot the ghostly ticket inspector in the second one, she moved too fast… The first was done with a bamboo dip-pen, and the second with coloured pencil; both finished with watercolour. I’ll post more about the dip-pen soon, and the vital non-spill ink bottle. And much to post from the wonderful Symposium too. About 40 minutes each.
(No musical hyperlink in this post, I’m working on an iPad, which is painful enough already…)
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Tagged bamboo dip-pen sketch, Manchester Symposium, panoramic sketch, sketch in train carriage, Sketching on a train, sketching passengers, urban sketching
All packed for four days of sketching indulgence at the USk Manchester Symposium, which starts tomorrow. I’ve done a few final brush-pen sketches about town (thumbnails of street-scenes and quick portraits of passers-by) in rehearsal for my demonstration, and have finished sourcing quotes and images for my lecture on books about sketching. I’ve never been to a Symposium before and am looking forward to being with five hundred fellow sketchers, sharing approaches and ideas, and happily sketching anything we please, whenever the fancy strikes! Maybe see you there?
Kuretake water-brush filled with dilute Lexington grey ink, watercolour, A5 – 5-10 mins each
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Tagged brush-pen sketching, ink brush sketching, Manchester Symposium, sketching in Bath, The Smiths, thumbnail sketches, urban sketching, urban sketching kit
Apologies for the lack of recent posts, all was put on hold due to an unplanned trip to hospital. I’m out now, thoroughly resting and with enough time and energy to post the sketches I made during all the empty hours in hospital… First there’s my room, sketched under the influence of Paul Heaston, who’s posted a fascinating short film about the science of wide-angle sketching. Then a self-portrait with IV drip (slightly backed up with blood, which is apparently quite normal, but I didn’t know this, hence the concerned expression). Then a series of quick sketches done in A and E while I was waiting to be admitted. Many thanks to the staff at the RUH who were lovely throughout my stay. All the sketches were done in pencil and watercolour; the Lexington grey fast continues. Now I need to get back into the ink-brush habit ahead of my demonstration in Manchester!
4B Grafwood pencil, water-colour, A5 – times hard to judge due to medication, sleep-loss etc!
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Tagged hospital sketches, Paul Heaston, pencil and watercolour sketching, self-portrait in hospital, sketch of IV drip, sketching in hospital, Spiritualized, urban sketching, wide-angle sketching