Mind the Gap

Spring has sprung and people are out and about, enjoying the extra light and air. Here’s a batch of recent sketches of the public around Bath, mostly in parks. The limited range of colours makes them look oddly like Gap adverts! (the wonderful original track is here)

mendips etc04 weedier13weedier05fgfg05trees4The usual inks in fountain pen and water-brush, water-colour, A5 and smaller – a range of times

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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4 Responses to Mind the Gap

  1. When I look at your work I mentally smack myself upside the forehead. You capture the essence of the people with a few strokes. The viewer’s mind fills in the story easily.
    I find I’m trying to cramp in too much detail as I sketch and I end up with stilted subjects, the essence of them long been wiped out.

    Thanks Ed for sharing your work. I’m taking a copy of your sketches down to the park with me to remind myself to loosen up and see what makes each person . . . well. . . each person..

  2. Ed Mostly says:

    Hi Cay, many thanks for the comments. I think a key part of this type of sketch is the size of the people on the page; too big and it’s hard to avoid their details swamping the overall shapes and lines, too small and distinctiveness is lost. Most of these figures are about one inch tall on the page. And doing lots of figures together makes the less-good ones stand out less! Ed

  3. rebecca says:

    I agree…you capture the figure, the pose, stance, action, so easily…a talent

  4. Ed Mostly says:

    Thanks Rebecca, Bath’s a busy place so lots of people to fuel my practise! Ed

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