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…
Tag Archives: monochrome
My friend Barry is writing a book about his recent experience of learning to use a wheelchair and the wider impact this has had on his life. He’s kindly asked me to illustrate the reflections and anecdotes; some are positive, … Continue reading
The usual parade of glum and suspicious late night portraits… Sherry says the third one is how I’ll look when I’m seventy! In the second one my mouth is my third hand, holding the extra brush-pen I’m using. By the next one I’d … Continue reading
People watching in Madeira, where the fine weather encourages lots of public loafing; very helpful for sketchers! The first three were done using Derwent Inktense pencils. They’re very smooth to draw with, quick to capture an expressive line, non-smudging (the key … Continue reading
Posted in figures, holiday, line drawing, Madeira, monochrome, pencil, people watching, urban, urban sketching Tagged drawing figures in public, Inktense pencils, Me Me Me, monochrome, pencil sketching, sketching in Madeira, sketching people in public, urban sketching, urban sketching kit Leave a comment
People about town; waiting for the lights to change so they can cross the road (excellent fast sketching opportunity, the tableau changes every couple of minutes…), watching a busker (the violin playing slack-rope walker I’ve sketched before, see below), dodging … Continue reading
Posted in Bath, brush pen, buskers, figures, ink brush, Kuretake, Lexington grey, monochrome, people watching, shoppers, street scene, urban, urban sketching Tagged brush-pen sketching, Manchester Symposium, monochrome, Seu George, sketching in Bath, sketching people at gallery, sketching people in the rain, sketching street scenes, urban sketching 2 Comments
An antique phone, a g-clamp, and nine leather jackets; all from life, and all illustrating a particular story in Barry’s book. It’s interesting to be using fountain-pen for these, as almost all my daily sketching is now done using brush-pens. Pen-lines have … Continue reading
Posted in Barry's book, clothing, domestic, Lexington grey, line drawing, monochrome, technique Tagged Barry's book, domestic sketching, drawing of antique telephone, drawing of g-clamp, drawing of leather jackets, fountain pen sketches, ink drawing illustrations, Joe Loss, lexington grey shadows, monochrome 2 Comments
The same busy corner of a kitchen work-top, sketched on six different evenings, in fountain-pen, brush-pen and pencil. It could probably make a very dull time-lapse; sauce, wine and oil bottles slowly moving around the pepper grinder! Lexington grey in fountain-pen, … Continue reading
Posted in brush pen, coloured paper, domestic, ink brush, interiors, kitchen, Lexington grey, line drawing, monochrome, objects Tagged brush-pen sketching, domestic sketching, fountain pen sketches, ink brush sketching, kitchen sketches, monochrome, sketches of bottles and jars, Supergrass 2 Comments
26 more Japanese commuters
More quick sketches from Japan, this time a collection of commuters at Kyoto main station around 10pm. I was sketching from one of the many high balconies (see below), pleased to catch a couple of salarymen in the middle of a … Continue reading
Posted in coloured paper, from life, inks, Japan, journeys, kit, Lexington grey, line drawing, monochrome, night, people, trains, urban Tagged coloured paper, Japanese bowing, Japanese commuters, Kyoto station, monochrome, salarymen, simple sketching kit, sketching commuters, sketching in Japan, sketching with fountain pen, The Jam, urban sketching 3 Comments
While in Stockholm we caught a ferry to Grinda, one of 30,000 (!) islands in the surrounding archipelago. We swam in the warm Baltic and I tried to sketch the many pleasure craft that passed. As most were going fairly fast I ended up with a collection … Continue reading
Worshippers, ancient and modern
Lexington grey fountain pen and water-brush, white Gelly Roll pen, white gouache, on coloured paper, A5 – 10 minutes line drawing at the museum, and 30 minutes adding the light and shade at home A small fraction of the 2,000 votive figures … Continue reading
Posted in collections, coloured paper, exhibitions, Lexington grey, monochrome, museum, Stockholm, urban, white pen Tagged Ayia Irini, crowd, crowd of statues, Field for the British Isles, monochrome, monochrome sketch, shop window dummies, Stockholm Mediterranean Musem, The Specials, urban sketching, votive statues Leave a comment
Another one from Portugal using gouache and inks on tinted paper. Sketched while sat in the shade of a spreading oak tree on one of the terraces in the fabulously strange and beautiful gardens of the Quinta Da Regaleira in Sintra. … Continue reading
Posted in botany, from life, garden, gouache, Portugal, sketching, travel Tagged Lexington grey, marker pen, monochrome, oak tree, Quinta Da Regaleira, shade, terrace 1 Comment