and the result of a nice morning drawing in the new Spark building at Southampton Solent University with Urban Sketchers Southampton. My intention was to finish the sketch in watercolour but time flew by! 2B pencil on Canson Montval Aquarelle 185gsm NOT surface in A4 sketchbook. A textured paper gives a pleasing result with pencil plus a bit of smudging - voila!
showing Southampton's Civic Centre from Watt's Park. Watercolour over pencil on cartridge paper in A4 sketchbook.
View of the north (arts) entrance as seen from Watts Park. This was the last wing to be completed in 1939 when the library was added. Done as a leaving gift for a colleague. Watercolour on Arches NOT 140Ib at 250mm x 340mm.
and look where it's ended up: on display in the Vice Chancellor's suite - who'd have thought from such humble beginings? The lesson is to promote everything you do as you never know where it will take you
Solent School of Art Graduate Showcase: BA(Hons) Illustration, Fine Art and Graphic Design 6.00pm Friday 13 June - something for everyone!
I had a strange compulsion to layout some of my sketchbooks today - no reason, so here they are: I counted thirty dating back to 1994. I have older ones from the early 80s stored somewhere in the loft? All shapes and sizes although my favourite size is A5 portrait. On leafing through each it's amazing how every sketch tells a story and I can recall quite intimately the place and circumstances surrounding each drawing. I've always found artists' and designers' sketchbooks fascinating and so much more revealing than later more finished works. One of the best books recently published is called The Art of Urban Sketching (2012) and is an inspiring collection of drawings from around the world - a must for every artist's book shelves.
...and here's one I did from a 2 minute pose...
I work with first year BA(Hons) Illustration students here at Solent and this was done by a student from Finland in 5 mins. It's me dressed as a British soldier and it was part of a project called "Uniforms" where we dress up and draw each other in our sketchbooks. The project is one-day and comprises between 25 and 30 poses all between 2 and 10 minutes each and is very popular with the students. For more images and other work from this course here is a link to our blog. PS - the animal is a stuffed fox!