Madeiran market

Just back from Madeira, a beautiful sub-tropical Portuguese island, 360 miles west of Morocco. Many sketches to share, starting with the main fruit and flower market in Funchal, the capital. I used an acetate grid to mark out key lines, then sketched fairly loosely in pencil from halfway up the stairs, the sketchbook clipped open and mostly stable. If you visit the market watch out for the hard-sell on over-priced passion fruit upstairs, but do enjoy the amazing variety of locally grown fruit and flowers, and the melodiously whistling market porter.


6B pencil, dilute Lexington grey in water-brush, water-colour, A4 – 40 mins 

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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5 Responses to Madeiran market

  1. Miú says:

    What a busy, colorful market! Funchal is very drawable indeed.

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Miu, have you been there? I see you’ve been drawing the magnolias too, lovely work.

      • Miú says:

        Yes, I have, Ed. Madeira is part of Portugal as you know, and I’ve had the chance to go there a few times already, for business (university vivas) but pleasure too (I have good friends in Funchal and Ponta do Sol).
        I’m glad you liked my magnolias! Yours are spectacular, but that’s no surprise. 🙂

  2. Stu-ttg-art says:

    I saw this and noticed directly that something was different … I guessing it was the light! It may have influenced you to draw/sketch/paint a little bit differently! Welcome back, Ed!

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Well spotted, a welcome change from shades of grey! I found pencil, and particularly the Derwent Inktense coloured pencils, seemed to suit the place, more sinuous flowing lines…

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