Category Archives: urban

It’s been a while…

Sorry for the lack of posts, mostly due to end of school year busy-ness and the ease of using Facebook instead; apologies! So here are a few recent sketches, all exploring the fun you can have with the mother/daddy of … Continue reading

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Back to front with gouache

Maru Godas’ work and the arrival of sunshine have inspired me to give gouache another chance. I’m enjoying exploring its flexible sketchy possibilities, love the physical presence that opaque colour has on the paper, and it’s speeded up some aspects of … Continue reading

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French Collection 2

Various sketches from a trip to Southern France at Easter, mostly bamboo dip-pen and watercolour, with some correction pen and ink-brush for variety. I was busy posting these on Facebook at the time, but forgot to put them here… (And … Continue reading

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Sharing

A lovely aspect of the Urban Sketchers community is members’ enthusiasm for freely sharing top-tips and information; about kit, techniques, locations, approaches etc. This spirit of generosity was particularly evident at the symposium I attended, and continued after it ended … Continue reading

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Seven year sketch

In March 2011 I read my wife’s copy of Danny Gregory’s ‘Creative License’ and started doing a drawing from life every day; this was one of my better decisions… Some days the drawings are tiny brief scraps, my hand on … Continue reading

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Snow days

Sketches from the last couple of days when the snow was fresh and powdery, perfect for sledging on the nearby golf course. The roads and schools and shops were shut and an unofficial hillside frost-fair appeared! I did these in … Continue reading

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Room with a view, and coffee

Sketches over time (three years?) of the same pedestrianised street seen from above. All were sketched from the same cafe, which has changed hands during this period, but still offers the clearest view of a long busy street in Bath. … Continue reading

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