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.


Stay tuned for more updates coming soon.

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

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 #10

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 weekend, I started an elevation study of Bath to illustrate the vast array of intricate and stunning architecture in the city. I started in the centre of town and will gradually work my way out. This will hopefully show how the cityscape changes in different areas.

Recording the process:

Setting out of grid lines (proportions still need a bit of work – but they’re getting better)

What I used:

Three black pens (0.1mm for setting out grid lines, 0.3mm for medium line weights and 0.5mm for thicker / darker shading)

Exploring Bath #3 – Alexandra Park

So I accidentally stumbled upon my new favourite spot in Bath – this gem of a view at Alexandra Park. There I was casually strolling past when I saw a sign to “Alexandra Park Viewpoint.” So I followed the steep, steep footpath through the woods to go and check it out.

Not gonna lie, my legs were kinda hanging from all the climbing. But it started to look promising at the top as I could see the start of an amazing view over the city through the thick blanket of trees.

Another long and steady incline to the very top and BAM! There it was! The unexpected opening I so hoped would appear.


View from the top..

Down below, you could see all the famous sites like Bath Abbey, The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Bath Cricket & Rugby grounds to name just a few.

I’m falling more and more in love with this stunning city. If you ever get the chance, I would highly (yes, I said highly!) recommend a trek to the top. It’s kinda peak!


View on the walk back down..

Photo A Day Jan – Week 3

So we’re at the start of Feb and I’m only uploading week 3 of #photoadayjan.. Oops! Anyways, hope you like it. Peace!

ST JAMES PRIORY: (c.1159) Oldest building in Bristol (apparently) with the oldest stained glass window in Europe. This can be found between Bristol Bus Station and Broadmead.

BRADFORD-ON-AVON: Lush, quiet village in Wiltshire. Sunny winter morning out of the office.

FOOTBALL: When your match is cancelled but you get to lie-in πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ. Not a massive fan of the early morning games, but I #lovethisgame.

..It was all Yellow!

Keen bean! I was first at football training this week, feeling CR7 inspired with the bright orange trainers.

Bath to Bristol Cycle Path runs along the river as it enters Bath. I spent many hours agonising over this particular site as part of my final Part 1 Architecture project.

Bathelona! 😜 A view from above of Pultney Street Bridge.

Photo A Day Jan – Week 2

That Monday Feeling.. back to the grind after a restful weekend. I left for work when it was dark, and got back when it was dark. Despite the many frustrations, difficult work and early starts, I’m constantly reminded to be grateful and embrace it wholeheartedly. This picture was taken in Bath’s main Shopping complex, Southgate.

Bath’s famous Pultney Street Bridge. Took this photo while on a stroll before work. One thing that constantly baffles, amazes and saddens me is the parallel lives lived in this evidently wealthy city. A matter of meters to the left of this shot were two homeless men wrapped up in sleeping bags under an archway. Very sad indeed.

Just around the corner, you have Bath Abbey in all its splendour. I could only capture the calm before the tourists arrived in the morning.

Architecture Site Visit.. Always good to get out of the office and see the progress on site.

Boarding the “Not-so Great Western Railway”.. A delayed service, of course. This was a replacement after an hour for a broken down train.

VW Campervan in Bath – Love an old classic. The city, the car. They were made for each other.

And finally, after a deep and meaningful catch up with a friend, I spend some time doing some writing. This was a short poem (soon to feature on the blog) based on 2 Timothy 1.