Monday 25 December 2017

Season's Greetings from Urban Sketchers London

'How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You're not capturing it, you're interpreting it.'
 -Juliette Aristides

However you celebrate the season, Urban Sketchers London wish you peace, joy and quality time with your sketchbooks in 2018.


Thursday 21 December 2017

Bit late in the day, Imperial War Museum

[By Evenlyn Rowland] After wandering around looking at tanks and cars and warheads, I decided to go with the delightful handrail and newell post of the stairway. Good subject as not a lot of people wanted to crowd round and look at it and I could stand at a reasonably close distance to get enough of it on the page and still see the reflection details. I think I had lunch between start and finish. Anyway, a jolly good visit with the intrepid London USk-ers.

Monday 11 December 2017

2017 drawing to a close

At the end of the day on the steps of the new entrance to the V&A
It was great to see so many people at the V&A for our last London sketchcrawl of 2017.  Below are just a handful of sketches from the day - there are more on the Facebook page.  It's a fantastic area of London to draw in, with a great choice of museums, full of drawing inspiration.

Sketch by Sangeeta

Drawing by Samson

Science museum study by Sasala

Sketch by Jimmy

Natural History study by Carol

Artuus at work

Drawings by Elizabeth

Lunchtime meet up


Wednesday 6 December 2017

Five years on: My first sketchcrawl with Urban Sketchers London

The Brunswick Lion of Gallery 46a - pastel and graphite in 20x20 cm sketchbook 

[From Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA] This week five years ago I took part in my first Urban Sketchers London sketchcrawl. I arrived on my own and elbowed my way through the packed lobby of the Natural History Museum, wondering how to tell an Urban Sketcher from a regular person. When I spotted a cluster of regular people brandishing sketchbooks, my heart leapt. Our sketching territory included the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. I chose the V&A, and that's where I fell under the spell of Gallery 46a*. It's part of the museum's renowned collection of plaster casts of European sculpture. I drew the back end of the Brunswick Lion. 

As luck would have it, Urban Sketchers London returns to the Kensington museums this coming Saturday 9 December 2017, but this time we're meeting at the new Sackler Wing of the V&A. If you've never joined an Urban Sketchers event, here's a little something about sketchcrawls in general. And if you're joining us for the first time, don't worry if you're not sure how to spot the Urban Sketchers. Just look for a group of regular people carrying sketchbooks. See you at the V&A!

My original two-page sketchbook spread

My favourite cast court: Gallery 46a with plaster casts of sculptures from northern Europe and Spain 

*Gallery 46a is closed for renovation until November 2018, but if you make your way to Gallery 111 you can look down on progress from the balcony.