Monday, 17 August 2015

August 2015 Sketchcrawl - Notes, photos and sketches

Despite the late change of date we had a really excellent turnout and a very good time during for the August Sketchcrawl of St James Park, HorseGuards and Trafalgar Square.

They even closed The Mall to cars so we could sit in the middle of the road and sketch!

London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
At one point there were about a dozen urban sketchers perched on stools
ON THE MALL road surface - sketching impressive architecture - with perspective!

London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
People would keep crossing the road and getting in the way of the view!

Admiralty Arch, London
Watercolour sketch of Admiralty Arch by Lis Watkins
- who was a little nearer to the Arch.

VJ Day 70th anniversary service
on the Parade Ground at Horse Guards the previous day.
The War Memorial is at the back- next to the trees.
We assembled the day after the 70th anniversary of VJ Day at the WW2 Memorial in Horse Guards opposite the Parade ground.

I'd had this in mind for morning sketches but since the structures from the VJ Day Drumhead Service were being removed from the Parade Ground I suggested people came back to this spot in the afternoon - which a number of us did.

Hence the large number of sketches of Horse Guards Parade with the London Eye in the background.

However in the morning the major recommendation was to make the most of the fact that The Mall was 'coned off' and pedestrianised - and to to sketch things from a perspective that normally would not be possible.

In general people wended  their way from Horse Guards to the Mall and then via Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square. There's masses to sketch and that's good because we are back in Trafalgar square in December for the huge Christmas Tree!

London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
Sketches from the morning session - some very impressive sketches of the Mall and Admiralty Arch
London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
The London Eye gets everywhere!
London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
Some impressive panoramic sketches and nice watercolours
London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
Apparently you can get the accordion panoramic sketchbook from Cass Art.
We had a very good turnout for the Lunchtime Photo Opportunity! (Although this was maybe two thirds of the people who turned up on the day - some were still intent on sketching rather than eating!)

London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
Urban sketchers taking a look at the sketches from the morning
In the afternoon we used the steps in between the National Gallery and the Sainsbury Wing to have a look at the sketches from the afternoon

London Urban Sketchers - The Mall to Trafalgar Square Sketchcrawl 16th August 2015
Looking at sketches at the end of the sketchcrawl

Then some of us retired for tea and scones in the National Dining Rooms (Any sketchcrawl I organise always involves a cup of tea at the end - and is generally scheduled to finish near to somewhere nice to sit down!)

You can see more photos that I took:
Katherine Tyrrell (Organiser)

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September 2015 Sketchcrawl 

Nathan is organising the Sketchcrawl for September.

The next Sketchcrawl is on Saturday 5th September when we will be visiting Blackheath, Blackheath Village and Greenwich Park.  Subscribe to the blog to get notification of the details automatically delivered to your inbox. Otherwise watch out for more details in:


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