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A serpent hung on the wall amongst many other instruments at Snowshill Manor, an eclectic and wonderful collection of all-sorts in the Cotswolds. Fountain pen with Lexington grey ink, watercolour, A6

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Naval gazing

A large eagle(?) sculpture at the Naval History Museum in Venice, a great place for sketching. Four well-lit floors filled with a vast variety of maritime objects; model ships and planes, charts, machine guns, uniforms, 3D maps old old fortresses, … Continue reading

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My boots drying out after a muddy day paint-balling with Si, Benjy, Leo and others. Below the boots is a tiny sketch of a Dad and his son. It was the only one I managed on the day, during a … Continue reading

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More from the Stockholm National History Museum. Fountain pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A5

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Night lights

A pair of night lights on the base of a grill pan, in a tent on a cold and windy night, while camping at the end of last Summer. Had to use a head-torch to do this one. Pigma 1mm pen … Continue reading

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Almost over-ripe, hanging in the kitchen. Fountain pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A6

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“Necklace with beads of glass, rock crystal, silver and amber. Late Viking age. Woman’s costume from Gotland.” The beads came from many countries, evidence of the Vikings’ extensive trading network. Sketched at the very lovely Stockholm National Historical Museum (could … Continue reading

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Four candles

The ubiquitous café sketch. Black tea and lemon drizzle cake in Bath Guildhall market. I used a white marker pen to correct the fork handle and to lighten the lip of the mug, which could be considered cheating, and a bit … Continue reading

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Some sketches from the wonderful Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy in London last Summer. An amazing range of works from many times and places. The horse is Greek, called the ‘Armento Rider’, 550BCE. The spider crawling up the wall … Continue reading

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Marker pen experiment

Trying out a thick marker pen refilled with Carbon ink, at the end of lunch at Yen Sushi in Bartlett St. I love the consistently thick lines I can get with dip-pen nibs but they’re not portable, and marker pen … Continue reading

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