I’m an Urban Sketcher…
- Two days sunshine, heatwave!A couple of wisterias; Chinese on the left, Japanese on the right? Spot the foolish mosquito that interrupted my sketching... #mostlydrawing #bathurbansketchers #botanicalillustration #urbansketcher #urbansketchersSame tree (magnolia ‘umbrella tree’ in Bath Botanical Garden) but different media: ink on left, carbon pencil on right. #mostlydrawing #urbansketching #bathurbansketchers #botanicalillustrationStarted this on one dog walk, returned another day to finish it! Bosky tree in Vicky Park.100+ people sketched this week, mostly in Bath, mostly fude pen dipped in grey/black ink, all funThe first eleven for this year’s challenge to sketch 100 people in one week. #oneweek100people2020 #usk #bathurbansketchers #mostlydrawing
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- Antonia Santolaya/Enrique Flores A chance to browse through 26 travel sketchbooks. Lots of fresh watercolour, ink and pencil location pictures.
- Buttnekkiddoodles Don Colley’s blog, sharing fabulous brush-pen drawings of people and much else. He’s a big fan of Pitt Artist brush pens.
- Danny Gregory His book ‘The Creative License’ got me sketching, and his other books have helped to keep me going. He has a wonderfully loose style, using dip-pens, saturated colour inks etc.
- Handprint Exceptionally comprehensive information on watercolour paints and equipment. Exhaustive details on pigments, translucency, comparing brands etc. Essential viewing for the true obsessive.
- James Gurney A mine of information on ‘plein air’ painting and sketching from the author of ‘Dinotopia’. Daily posts, always interesting.
- Nina Johansson Stockholm based urban sketching, with lovely clarity and glowing colours. Lots of useful information on sketching kit that helped to get me started.
- Russel Stutler Lots of very useful information on brush pens, palettes, sketching techniques. Based in Japan.
- Steven Reddy Great use of pen drawing and grey ink washes, sometimes combined with clear colour on top.
- The Sketching Forum Informal sharing of ideas, techniques, pictures and general chat about sketching. Set up by Russ Stutler.
- Urban Sketchers A constant parade of individual responses to the challenge of urban sketching. Always good for some inspiration, a new approach to try…
Category Archives: sequential
Various attempts to sketch sequences of time passing, in most of my favourite media… Preparing a hot-air balloon for launch in Bath’s Victoria Park. The passengers help with the spreading out of the balloon, and help to hold it open … Continue reading
Posted in bamboo dip pen, Bath, cars, clouds, fude pen, gouache, journeys, landscape, sequential, urban, urban sketching Tagged fude pen sketches, hot air balloon launch sketch, motorway sketches, sketch of hot air balloon, sketches from moving car, sketches of clouds, sketching in Bath, The Kinks, urban sketching 4 Comments
Down and up the path
First a four panel sequential sketch, done in brush-pen while walking down The Shrubbery, a steep local path, last month. Then the same view as the last panel a couple of years ago, and finally the view looking back up The … Continue reading
A sequence of tiny sketches, starting half-a-mile away from Bristol’s St Mary’s Redcliffe church (which Queen Elizabeth I called “the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England”), passing the Thekla boat, and gradually zooming in on the beautiful and unusual moorish doorway and … Continue reading
Posted in Bristol, brush pen, buildings, church, ink brush, sequential, street scene, urban, urban sketching Tagged Bristol sketching, brush-pen sketching, ink brush sketching, Kuretake #8, sequential sketches, sketch of church, St Mary's Redcliffe, The Byrds, Urban Sketchers Bristol/South West, urban sketching Leave a comment
Read from top left to bottom right, six quick pencil and ink-wash sketches on grey paper (white sky and colour added at home) made while walking up Perfect View, dodging occasional passing cars and dog-walkers. The road looks rural, but is in … Continue reading
Posted in Bath, brush pen, comparisons, figures, journeys, Lexington grey, pencil, sequential, street scene, urban, urban sketching Tagged dilute ink wash shadows, ink brush sketching, James Newton Howard, Lexington grey, Perfect View Bath, sequential sketch, sketch of walking up raod, sketching in Bath, streetview, urban sketching 4 Comments
I rarely sketch from photos, but the wonderfully encyclopaedic People of the Twenty-First Century by Hans Eijkelboom is a treasure trove of reference images for the urban sketcher. It’s a beautiful catalogue of real people going about their lives, and copying the pictures … Continue reading
Posted in faces, figures, Lexington grey, line drawing, monochrome, people, sequential, technique, urban sketching Tagged 'People of the Twenty First Century', Hans Eijkelboom, ink brush sketching, Malcolm Mclaren, practising urban sketching, sketching from photos, sketching people, sketching urban figures, urban sketching 3 Comments
An urban stroll
I’ve been reading Freehand Drawing and Discovery by James Richards. Richards is an architect so his drawings look like planning proposals, but it’s got a lot of good tips on creating simple but effective urban landscapes. It also mentions ‘serial visions’, a … Continue reading
Posted in buildings, from life, inks, journeys, line drawing, sequential, street scene, technique, travel, urban Tagged city walls, Freehand Drawing and Discovery, Gordon Cullen, pedestrians, sequential sketches, serial vision, sketching an urban walk, street scenes, Tenby streets, Vision On gallery, walking through a town 7 Comments
‘How do you get to Carnegie Hall?’
Dilute Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, water-colour, A6 – 20 minutes Here’s Matthew Syed presenting at a conference I went to recently. He’s a journalist, former UK table-tennis champion, and the author of ‘Bounce’ where he explains the importance of ‘purposeful practice’, and how … Continue reading
Posted in body, clothing, from life, hands, Lexington grey, line drawing, people, sequential, sketching, technique Tagged blogging, Bounce, conference, daily practice, Danny Gregory, from life, improving, lecturing, Matthew Syed, sketching, standing figure, Woody Guthrie 1 Comment
Bamboo dip pen and water-brush with dilute Lexington grey ink, watercolour, A5 – 20 minutes per stage More evidence of Jim’s cleverness. He’s combined scans showing three stages of a sketch into one animated Gif image, creating a clear way to see the … Continue reading
Hyacinth bulb flowering
I was given a Hyacinth bulb, potted in a tiny bucket with moss, before Christmas (thanks Daisy!) and started sketching it. I eventually captured two weeks growth in four pictures, a very primitive time-lapse sequence. In the last sketch the flowers … Continue reading
Posted in botany, coloured paper, flowers, from life, gouache, sequential Tagged bucket, bulb, hyacinth, moss, Neil Young, plant growth, sequential sketches, time-lapse 4 Comments