25/03-31/03/2019 Sketches

So it’s the end of another week and indeed another month. Here’s to another weekly review of my sketching progress. This one included some people watching, a trip to Pulteney Bridge and scrapbooking on the train.


26/03/2019 – Rear of Pulteney Bridge

This is the lesser known side of the famous Pulteney Bridge which is Grade 1 listed and has shops on either side of its full length.

What I used:

The base drawing was done within 15mins in pen. Then came a mix of pro markers and my favourite white Posca pen.

27/03/2019 – Bath Abbey Square

Spent my lunch break people watching inBath Abbey Square. This is always a fun exercise to attempt live as people’s postures change constantly. For helpful tips on sketching figures rapidly, I found Themodmin‘s channel on YouTube very useful.

28/03/2019 – New Theatre Royal; Street Elevation

Another lunchtime spent in busy Bath soaking up some much needed sunshine while sketching. I’ve recently been practising the art of single line sketching – where you don’t go back over any lines to make for a cleaner finish. This has helped develop my observational eye as it wonders before the pen hits the page.

28/03/2019 – Great Pulteney Street

Had a cheeky sketch-sesh with a friend of mine after work on Thursday. This was my first attempt at a drawing. For some reason, I had a real itch to draw cars – something on my mental drawing list. But ended up un-satisfied with the proportions against the building I later added.

28/03/2019 – Starbucks

As you can see in the previous image, the gloves were on as it was FAREEZIN’! The next sketch, therefore, HAD to be indoors – cue the clammer to fill that caffeinated addiction. Thankfully, I found an unassuming subject working away in the corner on a school night – poor chap. Thankfully for me, he maintained the same pose the entire time (unlike the other people above).

29/03/2019 – Coach Park Lunch

This is what happens when you have too many tourists in one location. It’s impossible to find a good place to sit in peace, eat and draw (especially now springs here). Having wondered around aimlessly, I finally found a free bench in the sun, but all I could see was a row of tourist coaches and a motorbike. Brilliant! 🙄

30/03/2019 – Houses of Bath Collage

I started this doodle on Saturday morning and carried it on while on the train on Sunday. It definitely made the journey seem a lot quicker. I’m determined to master single line drawing (i.e. not going over the same line twice). Or as I prefer to think of it, ‘making the best out of a bad situation’ drawing.

That’s it for this week.


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18/03 – 24/03/2019 Sketches

Welcome back to a weekly review of my sketching progress. This week, I joined up with a group of urban sketchers and sketched Bath from a roof terrace among other things.


19/03/2019 – Windows of Bath

This was a nod to an earlier attempt in my first white sketchbook. I particularly liked the richness of the white Posca pen coming through on the grey paper.

20/03/2019 – Dear Aunty Brenda

A really really sad day for Zambia as we lost our ambassador to Kenya in tragic circumstances. I was ill and off work that day and as a result had a lot of time to reflect and mourn a former Sunday School teacher at my church. This sketch from a photo will be my lasting memory of her bright beaming smile – a truly inspirational African woman.

20/03/2019 – The Good Bear Cafe

One thing I struggle to do is stay indoors for a whole day, even when I’m ill. I just can’t do it!

Having been in bed all day, I got some much needed fresh air and went to explore a cafe I’d seen but never been to. I found the perfect seat in the window and drew the street scene outside.

21/03/2019 – Queen Square Section

By this point in the week, I had caught the sketching bug again and was churning them out quicker than I could upload on social media. This was drawn on location within 15-20mins and the subtle colours [below] were added later.

23/03/2019 – Doors of Bath

Similar to the ‘Windows of Bath’, I did a collage of doors. I first drew the outlines loosely, then roughly added the inner details from my bus ride home. I imagine it to be awkward standing outside someone’s door drawing their house, hence why I’d recommend it this way. As usual, the colours and shading were added later.

23/03/2019 – Urban Sketchers Group

I joined a group of urban sketchers on Saturday and we hit the roof terrace of Hall and Woodhouse. Being the morning, we essentially had it to ourselves which was awesome! I loved how everyone’s style in the group was completely unique; we shared tips, materials & people who inspire our style to collectively improve.

Also, note the oversized seagull in my drawing. It was the first thing I drew as I didn’t know how much time I’d have before it flew off. Then randomly added stuff around it to suit.

23/03/2019 – Bath Abbey Square

We quickly grabbed some lunch before hitting the busy Bath Abbey Square. We enjoyed some chilled guitarists tunes as we sketched them. This was the only sketch this week in my brown sketchpad and I was generally chuffed with it.interestingly, we had several tourists taking pictures and videos of us drawing – pressure ‘ey! 😁

23/03/2019 – Night Light / People Watching

I rushed to catch my bus and once on it, we waited another 15mins before leaving. The perils of public transport. As ever, I started sketching people out of the window later adding the night light from the street.

24/03/2019 – Bath Skyline

Finally, I spent Sunday afternoon chilling with a good friend watching football, catching up and sketching this incredible view. Bath is in the shape of a bowl – I think of the Roman Baths in the centre as the plughole lol. You’re generally going up or down whichever direction you head in which creates several amazing views over the city or up towards the surrounding hills.


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11/03 – 17/03/2019 Sketches

Hi there. Welcome to my weekly summary of sketches and review of progress.

This week features the start of a new grey mid-tone sketchbook that portrays British weather more appropriately.


Victoria Park:

Started with a quick lunchtime perspective in Victoria Park. Of course the cars hub-caps were my primary focus – in fact, I only added the rest of the cars outline after drawing the alloys. I also enjoyed exaggerating the curve in the road and the single yellow line.

Bath Abbey – 2min Sketch

As I walked past Bath Abbey (through the archway), I tried a quick outline thumbnail sketch. Admittedly, the proportions weren’t quite right, but [in my defence] I only had 2mins before lunch break was over. I later added the white sky outline.

Royal Crescent – 35mins

With just about enough time to do a sketch, I headed off to my favourite jaw-dropping location in the city to try and sketch it loosely.

Having then shared it on an Urban Sketching group I’m part of, it blew me away the incredible response I got – the most likes since joining the group. Major encouragement!

Moorland Road Shops

That same day (after work), I had caught some kind of sketching bug and just had to draw. This was the view out of a cafe window at some shops opposite. The sun was starting to set which was perfect for testing out a night scene with night lights.

Bath Abbey [from photo]

Having not drawn from a photo in a while, I went back to it in this next piece. I must admit, it is a lot better being somewhere and drawing what’s in front of you.

Rainy Milsom Street

Yes, indeed. I sat through a light drizzle to attempt this drawing. I really wanted to focus on the weather as it was the dominant thing in this scene.

Holburne Museum

And finally, I started a new grey mid-tone sketchbook which portrays British weather realistically. This is from a photo I took of the Holburne Museum in the snow.

18-24/02/2019 Sketches

So I’ve been sketching quicker than I can upload onto WordPress. Here’s a snapshot of last weeks efforts.


WEEKEND SKETCHES

Sham Castle

Made it to the top of the hill on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

It’s a beautiful trek in this National Trust Park, which also forms part of Bath’s famous Skyline walk overlooking the city.

Sydney Gardens

Quick 20min sketch, done whilst sat on an awkward railing edge. This definitely sped up the process.

WORK LUNCHBREAK SKETCHES

Kingsmead Square

One of my favourites of the week

Drawn on location: I later used a Posca white pen for added depth.

Queen Square

Perspective sketch

People watching

I can definitely feel a vast improvement in proportioning people since starting this sketchbook series in Sept.

Years it for now. Hope you like it!

Thanks, Gome

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 #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.