Category Archives: comparisons

“…through the square window”

Apologies for the lack of recent blog posts; we’ve welcomed a Schnoodle puppy into our home and posting on Facebook better suits my sleep-deprived attention span… But I have managed to make a new batch of sketchbooks; they’re still bound … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast…

I love the way urban sketching explicitly celebrates the different ways we respond to a location. Here’s an example from Monday when I had the opportunity to sketch in Bath with Gary Yeung (a member of the USK Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Progress and time

A reflective post for the first day of the New Year… Five years ago, when I started sketching, I tried drawing my daughter. She was so (rightly) appalled by the result (I’d turned her into a wizened elf) that I was effectively … Continue reading

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Drive by…

Seventeen drivers sketched as we overtook them on the way down the M5 on Boxing Day, heading home after a family Christmas in the North. A few look exhausted, some are fairly relaxed, and a couple are even smiling. I’ve broken a couple … Continue reading

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Cloudy

Six attempts at describing morning and evening clouds flowing over the Pyrenees, and one in the middle of just the mountains, trying different approaches (opaque white ink, reserved white paper, titanium white watercolour). I think the third and the last are starting … Continue reading

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Six distant hills

They’re all Stantonbury Hill, which I’ve sketched many times before, seen from North Bath. The first three were painted in quick succession in opaque watercolour on a rainy afternoon, then one in bamboo dip pen, and then a couple of quick translucent watercolours. After … Continue reading

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Sketches of sketchers, some sketching

Sketchers at the recent wonderful Manchester Symposium, and sketches of me by other sketchers, sometimes while I sketched them; the Symposium felt like a hall of mirrors at times, a walk-in Escher! From the top there’s Lapin not sketching, Favian EE … Continue reading

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