My friend Barry is writing a book about his recent experience of learning to use a wheelchair and the wider impact this has had on his life. He’s kindly asked me to illustrate it, so once a month I go round to his house and sketch objects and scenes. The book’s made up of reflections and anecdotes, some positive, some not so, and each illustration has a colour to match the mood of the piece. It’s interesting doing a series of pictures with such a specific and consistent ‘look’ (fountain-pen for line, ink-wash for shadows, and water-colour), especially as I now rarely use pen for line in my daily sketches. It’s also lovely to sketch a diverse range of subjects in such good company and in the comfort of someone’s home; instead of leaning against a wall, outdoors, I’m sat on a chair, eating freshly-baked bread and listening to great music!
I’m an Urban Sketcher…
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