First Art Commissions 🙌🏾

I had the joy of handing over my first art commissions last weekend. They were two hand drawn elevations of house fronts given as gifts to close family.

I’ve always been a lover of intricate detail and since the fast paced world we live in doesn’t provide much opportunity to slow down and take our time, detailed drawings have become the perfect outlet for me.

I was inspired by an instagrammer I follow called @maltzcreative, who does a lot of intricately detailed shop and house facades.

I’m hoping to make a thing of it, so if you are interested do get in touch and we can chat. More than happy for suggestions.

God bless x

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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04/03-10/03/2019 Sketches

Hello! Welcome back to another weekly summary of sketching progress. This week was typically sporadic and entirely in my brown sketchbook as the white one is now complete. Here goes..


TOO COLD OUTSIDE

It was too cold to draw outside, so I sat inside and drew what was outside. Pretty chuffed with this effort – especially the effect of shading on the internal sash window. The lone spot of colour for the flowers adds some needed flavour to an otherwise mono-tone image.

CAFE ENTHUSIAST

Forum Cafe

I took this with the flash on as it illuminates the white lines made by the Posca pen. The beauty of small collage pages is that it doesn’t have to be complex / large / finished drawings. Simply look around and start sketching.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER CAFE

On Wednesday lunch, I officially went to Cafe Nero for the 1 squillionth time. If the staff don’t know me by now, they really aren’t observant. This was a bit of a longer perspective drawing, taking almost 40mins after munching on some dairy-free goodness.

DRAW WITHOUT LEAVING THE PAGE

Want a kill 20mins and get some drawing practice in?

Try this quick & fun exercise as suggested by a friend of mine. The base drawing [in pen and ink] was done without lifting the pen (although I did occasionally rest my hand and start exactly where I stopped). The biggest benefit was having less hairy lines, something that still needs to improve in my general drawing.

POST WORK WIND-DOWN

After work on Friday, I needed a quick 20min sit down to unwire my tangled mind. Sketching and good music are one way that help me achieving that. This was drawn as I sat in a Costa and watched people battle through the rain. Particularly chuffed with how the guy struggling with his umbrella came out – though he won’t appreciate it I’m sure)

OLE’S AT THE WHEEL

“Tell me, how good does it feel?”

Manchester United. Champions league quarter finalists.. Un-real!

My favourite sketch this week is a collage of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling ever since Wednesdays win at PSG.

Detailed faces are definitely not my strength and need more work, but I’m glad with how Rashford and Martial came out. Pogba, not so much lol.

25/02-03/03/19 Sketches

Weekly summary of last weeks sketching efforts. This week, I joined a coffee and art group that meet weekly to chill, chat and draw. My cup of tea! Or coffee 🤔

I began by looking around at the light instalments in the room.

Then ventured onto my favourite pass time – people watching!

Finally, observing people wearing yellow, Bath rugby fans and random bags.

Earlier in the week, I observed details on the facade of the Guild Hall Market.

These were riverside people sketches in the sunshine. Drawn over lunch break. I particularly love the jogger (bottom left) and the dog. I haven’t drawn animals or nature much, which might be another avenue to explore.

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 #8

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 afternoon, I spent a bit of time people watching and trying to capture their posture or stance. I came across this idea on YouTube earlier in the week and thought I’d try it out. I really liked their suggested way of capturing the whole image quickly, then adding detail later.

Doing this made me realise just how much people fidget and change their position (to my frustration at times). I’m sure I am exactly the same without realise it.

Each sketch took no more than 5mins and after the page was full, I added blocks of colour for some life.

Today’s Tip: Try and quickly sketch the skeleton of the pose first (within 10-15secs), then you can worry about the detail after – even make it up as you please. This is useful as the person will likely change position a few times.

Materials: 0.5mm pen & brush paints

Drawing Challenge #7

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 week, I veered away from the usual architectural drawings to do a self portrait. It’s good to practise your weaknesses and drawing people in depth I find particularly challenging.

What I used: 0.5mm pen straight onto paper, so no rubbing out.

How long it took: 1.5 hrs drawing (a bit longer snack hunting)

My first attempt: Here it is.. Drawing straight in pen forces you to make quick proportion decisions. This was particularly hard as I couldn’t rub anything out so I had to blend in any errors. #practisemakesperfect

Final Image: I love adding detail by shading and it helps taking your time and being meticulous.

Tip of the week: Grab a sketchbook if you can and start from wherever you are [ability wise]. The reason I suggest a sketchbook over loose bits of paper is that you can easily take it wherever you go but also monitor your progress. I found myself sat in a cafe a few weeks ago waiting for some friends and so I killed some time sketching.

I currently use an A5 size sketchbook. The thicker the GSM, the better quality paper.


Till next time folks..