Sunday, 26 April 2015

St Paul's and the Thames - we've got to do it again!

The general consensus from yesterday's sketchcrawl by London Urban Sketchers was that there was absolutely masses to draw and we need to go back!

We were sketching in the area around St Paul's Cathedral and down to the north bank of the Thames - next to the Millennium Bridge - see TODAY is "Let's Draw St Paul's to the Thames" and the map created in Google Maps/Drive of the area and key places

I think this location will become a regular feature of our sketchcrawls in future years!
This is a photograph of one venue which blew people away with the views!

Sketching after lunch from the Roof Terrace of One New Change
and here's a sketch of the same by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan.
Roof terrace at 1 New Change by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan

New people

Yet again we saw several new people join the group of London Urban Sketchers. Please note there is absolutely no requirement to live and work in London to join the group.

A warm welcome is extended anybody who likes drawing London - and this month we welcome:

From outside London

  • Marissa Lee Swinghammer - living in Oxford since February, late of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chuck Stull from Kalamazoo Michigan, currently on sabbatical in Oxford.
  • Sue Smith from Cambridge
  • Laura Moore - from I'm not quite sure where but I think it might be the Herts/Essex borders! 
  • Debbie Eyre from the Birmingham Urban Sketchers

From London

and we hope to see your sketches on Facebook or on Flickr very soon! :)

Do please let us know if you are new and where you come from - we're always pleased to see new faces and to link up with you.  You can leave a comment at the end of this post.....


On a practical note, we've certainly noticed that emphasising that:
  • the "Let's Draw" event is FREE; and
  • there's no need to book
gets a very positive response from people! :) 

However it would be great to also get some feedback about the maps. The use of a map link embedded in the notice of the "Let's Draw" even seems to be working quite well - for all those with smartphones. I think maybe we need to think about creating a downloadable pdf for those with no phone but access to a printer.  This saves organisers from having to personally cut down trees to print off maps ;) - but more to the point means that when the organiser's printer has decided not to work(!!) we still have a way of getting the "where is everything" out to people.

Some photos from the day

I'm going to show you in this blog post how much easier it is for me to include your sketches if you tweet them!

Here's kickoff under cover at the top of the steps in front of St Paul's and that's me up on the little ledge so people could hear me more clearly over the noise of the traffic and the tourists.

Here we all are at lunchtime

London Urban Sketchers on the Roof Terrace of One New Change at lunchtime
and here are our sketches at that stage

Here's James Hobbs tweeting about his sketch- we love seeing what you are using to sketch with in your photos!

This is the sort of photo we love to see - by Pavel Miller - the sketch and the subject in one landscape format photo!

Here's Jean Edwards's contribution - you can see Jean in pink sketching the church on the left in the sketch at the top of the page! Plus you can see bigger versions on her blog - click the link in her name.

This is a lovely one from the afternoon by Sue Harding

Here's our sketches at the end of the day (click images to see larger)

Then here's us all again at the end of the day

Usk London in Paternoster Square

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The next Sketchcrawl

For anybody who would like to join us, next month's outing will be to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on Saturday 16th May.

The notice of the outing will be placed in the very near future on our blog. It will also be listed at the top of the right hand column between when it is posted and the day after the Sketchcrawl


  1. A great round-up, Katherine. And thanks for introducing me to the roof terrace. I stayed so long I missed joining the photos at the end of the day...

  2. Great post, had a great time. The link to the Twitter account takes you to the Facebook page!

  3. Thanks for putting so much effort in Katherine and team. It is really appreciated. Pdf maps would be great. Can't make next date sadly but hoping to attend more in future. I think I am hooked on urban sketching now thanks to you lovely bunch of people. Though I need to speed up my drawing skills. Have fun on the next sketchcrawl.


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