Much of the time my interest is focussed on urban themes, and I draw on location in an urban space. A few years ago I found the Urban Sketchers blog, and this provided an opportunity to share some of these works with an audience that has a similar set of interests. It's been a real stimulus for me, to see such a variety of urban drawing from all over the world.
|Drawing at Alexandra Palace|
Drawing places that mean something to me is what I most enjoy, and much of my work therefore is focussed on London, where I was born and brought up. Hence I was delighted to be invited to be a correspondent for the new London-based blog.
|St Anne's Limehouse, charcoal, 50x60cm|
I don't have any favourite places in London that I repeatedly draw, although I do find myself returning beside the river or around the Regent's Canal quite frequently. I also don't have any favourite subjects or themes - these continue to change and evolve - sometimes it's spaces, or the movement of people, or solitary trees, or water, or as in this drawing, particular buildings. (This is St Anne's church in Limehouse)
|St Paul's from Surrey side, graphite 29x84cm|
Occasionally I have periods of trying to use colour, but on the whole I find it difficult to make satisfactory drawings when I'm using colour. At the moment I love using ink, particulary Quink, and carbon pencil, as in this drawing below of a spectacualr weeping ash tree in Rosemary Gardens, Islington
|Weeping ash, ink + carbon pencil, 30x40cm|
Sometimes my drawings form the basis for printmaking or painting. You can see more of my work at http://www.idrisjackson.co.uk