Category Archives: Istanbul

Tea please

Some of the many cups of black tea that I enjoyed in Istanbul, in a variety of media. Good practise for drawing ellipses; it’s very obvious when they’re right or wrong…

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Mosques at night

I was in Istanbul during Ramadan which meant the streets, squares and mosques were busy till late at night, with families breaking their day’s fast and socialising. I could wander around the centre of the old town as part of … Continue reading

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Steep street

Looking up a street near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, next to the entrance to the seventeenth century Valide Han or caravanserai on the right. It was a Sunday and most of the shops were closed, with shutters down. The Han … Continue reading

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Jet set

My view on the way to Turkey, about 5 miles high, somewhere over France. I spent 6 days in Istanbul, mostly sketching, which was a great luxury. So lots to scan and post over the coming weeks, including lots of lovely … Continue reading

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Two storey pool

A beautiful fountain/pool I saw in Istanbul last Summer. It was in an old bath-house, now a market, and connected the ground floor and basement. When the stall-holders saw me sketching they kindly put the water-pump on full, then they … Continue reading

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Waiting #1

The plane that took me to Istanbul, and below a couple of fellow passengers. Sketching helps to pass the time… Fountain pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A5

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