at Red Hot Press this Sunday. Bring your choice of paper if you wish and come away with your very own personalised books. Click on this link to find out more
Orders taken...Happy Sketching for 2015!
in Southampton - this time it's Carlton Crescent. The Crescent was started in 1825 and described at the time as the “genteel upper part of the town” and by Pevsner as “the most spectacular piece of Regency development in Southampton”. Together with Rockstone Place it really does stand apart.
I'm just enjoying ink line drawing at the moment but look out for colour versions... I'm also combining cycling and sketching using the sadle for resting my sketchbook on - Brooks of course! This one's for you Ed!
Ink line and wash sketch of Holy Rood - lovely to stand for a while in the shade and hear the chimes. A5 on Canson Aquarelle 185 gsm NOT.
Dark Skies over Soton - 30 min sketch 14 x 21 cm on cartridge paper. A good turn-out today despite inclement weather first thing: nearly lost my cap in gusty winds, a reminder of conditions during en plein air!
As a rather less than regular Urban Sketcher I thought I'd make the effort today and set off on my Raleigh for a spot of sketching. This is a 40 min drawing looking towards the Mountbatten memorial statue in Grosvenor Square. Cartridge paper 21 x 29 cm Seawhite's sketchbook.
I was sketching at Marwell Wildlife park last week with my students - here's a couple of pages:
managed to find a few hours to do some outdoors sketching with my mate Martin yesterday. Here's a shot of my old fisherman's stool with sketchbook just before we left this idyllic spot near Lyndhurst. Cleared out those old cobwebs.
Spent a morning drawing with students in the Mayflower Theatre Southampton. We were up in the gods and with low lighting everywhere except for these two boxes I sat at the front row and did this sketch in around 30 mins. I may go back next week and draw from the stalls.
As summer fades into autumn and now winter my energy levels fade with it. Fueled by the pressures of work spent on preparing teaching material at this busy time of year I have produced little work of my own. However here are a few sketches done whilst attending a two-day symposium at the Pitt Rivers museum Oxford. "The Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge" proved to be a fascinating insight into a range of subject areas: look out for the journal
Done from a location sketch and photos I took last year whilst visiting Ludlow. Watercolour 350 x 530 mm
This is my other sketch done on the spot at Bramdean Common.
I spent a lovely bank holiday sketching this quaint old church on Bramdean Common with my friend Kate. The church was built in 1883 in just 5 days and is made out of corrugated iron. It was built for the use of gypsies and commoners who used the woods at that time.
Here's the second sample done on the heavier weight paper for making our sketchbooks with; I'm really looking forward to this one - hope to see you there! Making and Usng Sketchbooks
In anticipation of my forthcoming course at Red Hot Press Making and Using Sketchbooks, I have experimented with two papers and here are the results. The first one is a 190gsm Kent cartridge and the second is 210gsm Norfolk cartridge. I've gone for the later as it's heavier and will cope with washes well and is also whiter giving a more "crisp" finish. The book size is A5 portrait giving A4 landscape across the double-page spread.
There are still one or two spaces on our exciting and unique course which starts next Monday 3 June for 4 weeks from 10.00 to 1.00 pm. For more information click here: Making and Using Sketchbooks
I'm working with Red Hot Press in offering this exciting and unusual course here in Southampton next month - for more information go to: http://www.redhotpress.org.uk/courses/single-technique/sketch-books.php
It's that time of the year again and the Big Draw launch event is at the V&A on Sunday 30 September. I'm not officially involved in this year's events but hope to be there all the same. Always a good day out.