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Looser lines

An early Spring Saturday with Jim in Bath Abbey Courtyard, where we tried to sketch with minimal looking down at the paper, ‘blind contour drawing’. We didn’t manage the recommended “90% looking at subject, 10% checking the picture’s progress” proportions, but … Continue reading

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Barefootin’ in the garden, so Spring must have arrived. While I sketched my feet resting on a stool, Sally sketched me sketching my feet (below). Late afternoon sun was coming from the right, and reflecting softly off a wall on … Continue reading

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Mum and Dad

My mother and father walking up a hill ahead of me after a good lunch at the Pump Rooms in Bath. Dad is keen to point out that it is a very steep hill, and Mum wants you to know that … Continue reading

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Crow’s feet

Another late evening sketch, using a mirror to sketch my left eye. I held a gleeful grin for several minutes, strongly top-lit by a daylight bulb, to capture my periorbital lines, or ‘crows feet’ in full detail; it felt like contour mapping part … Continue reading

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Cafe sketching

Helen from St Helens in Society Cafe, Bath. She got in touch through this blog as she was interested in urban sketching and having a look at the materials I use. She’s posted about her initial sketches, and it’ll be … Continue reading

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Jim and Anna, again

Jim feeding Anna, and me up a ladder again. (See previous post Lunch). The focussed stillness when feeding a baby helps to make a great sketch subject Marker pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A4

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iPad sketches

Two sketches, two weeks apart, of Sherry on her iPad. My current sketchbook has coloured paper every few pages making a white marker pen very useful. I’ve tried to sketch on an iPad but the time delay in mark-making and … Continue reading

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A bench near Bath Abbey, low winter sun casting a strong shadow. That’s enough monochrome. Next post in full colour. Water-brush with Chinese sumi and Diamine grey ink, A6

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A splendidly bearded Jim feeding the delightful Anna (no beard) this afternoon. Fountain pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A6 And here they are 2 months ago. I was up a ladder… 1mm Sakura Pigma pen, watercolour, A5

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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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