Tuesday 30 December 2014

Let's Draw the British Museum

WHEN: 7th February 2015

Full details on meeting points to follow.

For those on Facebook, the event is here.


Monday 29 December 2014

Roller-coaster sketchcrawl

It's true, last Saturday's sketchcrawl wasn't for the faint-hearted. It was cold, and rained a bit, and there was a feeling of smugness along with coldness when we headed back to the Tyburn pub. Winter Wonderland: I'm not sure about the "wonderland" bit, but it certainly was winter.


Sunday 28 December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Skaters II, watercolour only ©Sue Pownall.
On a cold, 4°C, and showery afternoon, ten sketchers met in a nice warm pub beforeheaded across Marble Arch and into the Winter Wonderland event.  
Near the entrance was a big wheel complete with Santa in his sleigh, and it had to be drawn. Taking shelter under one of the many wooden food chalets, I grabbed an Inktense pencil and started sketching. The slightly unusual effect is due to spots of rain on the page.
I wasn't happy with the red, so added red watercolour at home.
Next up, I sketched Zippo's Circus. I have to say I was tempted to go and see the show, especially as a sign boasted "It's warm inside". Instead, it was a cup of hot chocolate and onto the outside skating rink. I sketched the skaters directly in watercolour. The spots on the page due to the paint taking forever to dry.
Pencil with watercolour added at home.
 With icy feet, fingers & nose, a great find was the firepit, where thawing out whilst sketching was a perfect way to end a visit to the Winter Wonderland. Finally, it was time to head to the pub and share our sketches.


Saturday 27 December 2014

Winter Wonderland 27th December

Ten of us faced the cold day and enjoyed sketching this strange place full of visual inputs and people everywhere. There were rides and lights and noise  and a great roaring fire that was a life saver when our feet froze whilst standing up. A quick post and photo of the atmosphere today.


Tuesday 23 December 2014

Saturday night down the O2

Before Madness

I was fortunate to be given a free VIP box ticket for Madness' last night of their world tour. So while waiting for the support act to begin, I drew the very ordinary view of all the trappings of a world stage before the stars and the pretty lights come on.


Sunday 21 December 2014

Sketches from around Westminster

A lunch break crowd at St. Johns Gardens
Abington Gardens
Dean Bradley Street, view from St. John's


Monday 1 December 2014

December sketchmeet: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

 Wrap up warm and join us to sketch at this unique London winter event. There are markets, ice skaters, food stalls and much more for us to draw. Save the date now!