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!

Drawing Challenge #11

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.


Today’s sketch was continuation on the elevation sketches of Bath. This one was along Upper Church Street, near The Royal Crescent.

I did this from the comfort of home as it was absolutely FREEZING outside. It also felt a bit odd standing outside someone else’s house and sketching as a figure appeared at the window a couple of times (eek). To throw ’em off, I too a photo of all the houses on the street to make it look more like a study of the area.

Hay ho! Let me know what you think..

On to the next one!