on urban sketching in which I have one sketch published. Archisketcher : A guide to spotting & sketching urban landscapes is edited by Simone Ridyard and contains a range of work by inveterate sketchers with tips and advice on the topic.
published in the current edition of the Journal of Illustration. It's always good to see my sketches used in a publication and especially a respected academic journal (and they found space for all 16 pages!) I co presented a poster at the 4th International Illustration Symposium in Oxford in 2013 with my colleague Julia Moszkowicz.
done as an experiment on a sheet of Arches 300gsm NOT paper. Having just received a pack of this paper and not having used Arches for a while I thought I'd try it out and contrived this view - nowhere in particular. 27cm x 43cm in around 2 and a half hours.
done on location just outside Burley in the west of the Forest in around an hour and completed in the studio. Having spent 7 years living in the Forest I have a nostalgic attachment to the area and this is a typical view across the heathland. A3 sketchbook on 140Ib NOT.
and a pencil and watercolour sketch showing St Margaret's church. The drawing was done on location in around 20 minutes and coloured in the studio. Ditchling Museum of art and Craft is nestled into the Sussex South Downs and a treasure of art and artifacts relating to the likes of Eric Gill, Edward Johnston and David Jones amongst other artists of the early 20th century. Cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook.
somewhere in Hampshire - any ideas where? A rather dull watercolour on a rather dull day but a pleasant one all the same. This took around one and a half to two hours on location with some stronger contrast washes and "scratching out" added in the studio to give it some life - not sure it has - strong lighting and cast shadows would have done wonders! A3 size on 140Ib NOT.
of Titchfield Abbey done in around an hour or so then a hasty retreat when they started to lock the grounds - a night spent in a ruined abbey definitely wasn't on the day's agenda! Pencil and watercolour in A5 sketchbook on Saunders Waterford 140Ib NOT with a few finishing touches in the studio. I'm currently planning a series of ruins and castles and this may lead to a larger work.
and for those who don't know that's the Isle of White. Did this quick watercolour sketch with my new students during "Freshers" week: around 30 mins on cartrdge paper in A5 sketchbook.
with Urban Sketchers Southampton this morning and here's my sketch: a view looking north across the Cathedral Close. I was lucky to be sitting comfortably on a bench when the sun appeared and everything became bathed in strong light and dark shadows - the perfect conditions for an urban sketcher! On heavy cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook in around one and a half hours. I prefer a slightly off-white heavyweight cartridge for architectural sketching which takes a wash quite well over pen or pencil detail.
done mainly "en plein air" and finishing touches in the studio. 140Ib NOT A3 paper in a very old sketchbook I've had for at least 25 years and it shows, but a nice paper all the same. A bit chilly to start with but the late afternoon sun came out after about an hour or so into the piece so I strengthened the cast shadows afterwards. Definitely worth a visit and a picnic on a warm day.