When is a sketch not a sketch? This one from October took almost two hours, which seems to take it beyond ‘sketchiness’, losing some of the looseness and energy along the way… It was done on my third visit to Bristol docks with Urban Sketchers Bristol/South West, where I finally got to use the Manchester Symposium umbrella as the group totem and rallying point (see below). I started with bamboo dip pen coloured ink lines, then watercolour washes, and finally more dark ink and white pen to boost the contrast. Further below a couple of sketchier sketches at the same location on sketch crawls over the last two years…


About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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6 Responses to Docking

  1. Viktoria Berg says:

    Very good sketches all, but I am so in awe of how you did the water and reflections of the boat in the last one. You are getting really good! I am inspired to get out my gear…

  2. Ed Mostly says:

    Thanks Viktoria, one of those times when a white gel pen is vital!

  3. headblog1 says:

    You may worry that they are not sketches, but one thing is for sure, they are beautiful, and some of your best work….

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Halloo! Very kind words. Am under the knife at the end of next week, shall then look forward to much mellow chat and book work to aid recuperation… Hope all’s well

  4. reedsmithportraits says:

    Your art is stunning and has a very calming effect! I love your depiction of the water in your two boat images here. Looks so peaceful. Fantastic work!

  5. Your work is incredible. The way you captured the water in both boat images mesmerizes me! Altogether, your work has such a calming, peaceful effect. Great stuff!

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