14/02/19 Sketches

I finally manned-up and drew the complex front of Bath Abbey. I mainly wanted to try out the latest addition to my art collection; the Uni Posca White Pen (I must sound like such a geek!)

The Process:

FIRST I CHOSE MY SPOT: Outside a soon to be closed cafe.

Unfortunately, I did have to move midway through as they were collecting tables. Eek! This helped speed up my drawing process by focussing my attention on key forms and general outlines rather than the details. I also took a photo for reference later from the same angle.

THEN CAME THE DETAIL: I started working inwards adding more lineweight to the outline to add emphasis. This added more depth & contrast and made it more visible from afar.

MISSING FINGERS:

I had to find my fingers again as it was now freezing. So I went home, had dinner and waited for the feeling to return before continuing (always a handy step!)

Then went over the sky with a black pro-marker and the windows with a 0.7mm pen.

A touch of the Zig Art & Graphite Twin pen shading before the main reason why I started this drawing – the White Uni Posca pen.

TADA!!!!

Oh . My . Goodness!

I love it! Absolutely love it!

The beauty of using a mid-tone sketchbook is that it has the best of both worlds. You can go one way with colour to add brightness or the other for darkness.

When using a conventional white paper sketchbook, the colours you add can only get darker. I imagine a black paper sketchbook would be the reverse and I hope to one day experiment in one (maybe when this one is done). I can imagine night scenes would be epic!

I also went back over this earlier sketch from the Royal Crescent highlighting the windows.


Anyways, enough from me. Let me know what you think.

Peace

09/02/19 Sketches

It was my day off and so I ventured out to a couple of iconic places in Bath with my new sketchbook. This brown-toned sketchbook works well with Bath architecture as it effectively does the colouring in for you.

ROYAL CRESCENT

I started off at the Royal Crescent, spending roughly 25-30 mins. First tip for a sketch is proportioning. Try to imagine what you want to draw fitting on your page. If it helps, try to set it out by lightly marking your page (I certainly find it useful).

MARLBOROUGH BUILDINGS

To the left of The Crescent is Marlborough Buildings, a steep row of terraced houses. I like how each house repeats its neighbours geometric order while stepping up or down the hill.

ROYAL CIRCUS

A much harder place to draw was The Royal Circus. It’s circular plan with 3 entrances means it’s easier to draw in plan (birds eye view) than in perspective. I had an interesting chat with a guy whilst drawing who used to rent a place round the corner. He said he always used to come here everyday just because he could – and why wouldn’t you!!


Materials:

– pen and ink

– toned sketchbook

– I later added some white pastel colours for contrast to the Crescent

Drawing Challenge #19

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Drawn on location, this sketch is of a house close to the Holburn Museum in Sydney Park, Bath. The typical style of the area is of a 4 to 5 storey house. General proportioning is something that still needs work especially when drawing on site.

Drawing Challenge #18

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


As I write this, I am playing catch-up with sharing these sketches on the blog. This quick lunch break sketch is of Kingsmead Square, Bath.

I was challenged to try sketching quickly on location. My natural tendency is to take my sweet time when recording detail. While that can be quite therapeutic, it takes up too much time.

Having recorded the basics, I left it for a few days. Then bit by bit, I’ve returned with a few splashes of colour.

What I used:

– 0.1 and 0.5 pens

– brush pens for colour

What do you think?

Drawing Challenge #17

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


These close up details were done in the same sitting as drawing #16. They form part of an underpass that lets you get even closer to the falling water beneath Pulteney Bridge.

I wanted to try and keep these as close to their original form as possible, and so decided against adding any colour.

Stay tuned for more to come soon..

Drawing Challenge #15

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


I had a rather productive lunch today with a freehand drawing while munching away on the side. It’s a wonder nothing landed on the clean white page.

This sketch took exactly 30 mins and was drawn on site.

The great thing I’ve started to notice is that I feel more confident and less precious about making the first mark on the page. The phrase “practice makes perfect” definitely springs to mind.

Got anything you’re good at? Definitely be intentional and practical about practising & mastering it.

Drawing Challenge #14

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Another quick-fire observational sketch during an hour long lunch breakΒ last week. I felt a slight improvement from my previous people-sketching attempt in Drawing Challenge #12. However, the awkwardness of trying to be subtly sketch people that are sat metres away remained.

Let me know what you think.

Drawing Challenge #13

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This is a drawing of the exact same thing with 4 different times set: 5mins, 2mins, 1min and 30 secs.

What was fascination was that the less time spent on each sketch, the more I focussed on getting key information down – e.g. primary shapes & forms etc.

I’d recommend this as a fun activity for kids or if (like me) you’re looking to get back into sketching often.


Look out for the next post as it will be in quick..

Drawing Challenge #12

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Sometime last week, I went back to doing observation sketching to try and improve on my people-drawing skills.

Practise will definitely make perfect with these odd-shaped beings I managed to create.

At times, it did get a little bit awkward as I was sat with sketchbook in hand trying to discretely sketch people without staring too much. They would occasionally look back at me with an curious glint in their eye which said ‘is he drawing me?’

Nonetheless, one subject would soon finish their overpriced beverage and [more importantly] vacate their seat for the next unassuming victim.

What I used:

Simply pen and paper.. May need to diversify soon!