A busy double-page sketch of a busy view, from upstairs at Picnic Cafe, this time looking down Upper Borough Walls; a typical Saturday afternoon in Bath, shoppers strolling and checking phones, seagulls soaring and me sketching. (The red phone boxes have been converted into cash-points, and here’s the ground-level Streetview, with more seagulls raiding bin bags.) I’m using the cheap Kuretake #8 brush-pen more than the fancier #40 at the moment; the nylon brush tip’s shorter and firmer than the sable, so easier to control. It’s particularly good for quickly capturing the shapes of passers-by. Below are two earlier views from the same cafe.

Lexington grey in Kuretake #8 brush-pen and water brush, watercolour, A4 – one hour

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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4 Responses to Busy-ness

  1. Viktoria says:

    Great drawings! I am glad the phoneboxes are converted into something useful, they are such an iconic part of the British urban landscape.

  2. Jim says:

    These are great. I love this style, (like the Rivers Street sketch in the last post) — the detail, the variety, the way the cafe front stands out against the shadowy background. Lots of interesting details, such as the ‘Don’t feed the seagulls’ illustration on the side of the bin.

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Jim, I’m trying to get the hang of using the brush-pen for buildings, but it’s people that really suit it. And well done for spotting the seagull sign.

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