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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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.

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.

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?