Friday, 16 June 2017

#DrawingBreath Project

Great to be a part of a community of artists highlighting the vital work of VSO worker Andrew Sesay helping to save lives of mothers and babies in Sierra Leone #DrawingBreath.  Ninth Laurette Chris Riddell has made a wonderful video using live illustrations called Giving Birth in Sierra Leone

I experimented with various dip pens including my bamboo ones that I haven't used in a long time. It was much easier working in the studio with this technique. I Did try using dip Pens on location when I went to the Barcelona Urban Sketching Symposium but I made a huge mess and gave up. I really enjoyed using the ink in this project and will try to work out a way of taking them out again without too much mess. 

I made all the drawing separately and then scanned them in and composed them together using layer masks on photoshop. I was aiming to get the lighting to be quite dramatic to illustrate how difficult it is for Andrew as he tries to work under very poor lighting conditions often with only torchlight. I must say drawing babies was quite a challenge!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Sunday morning sketching - Pylon's in the landscape

Every time I take my dog for a swim along the banks of the River Yare in Trowse which is a small village on the edge of Norwich, this scene captures my eye.  I have been meaning to sketch it for sometime now and if left too long the pylons will be gone. 4.5km of overhead power lines and fifteen pylons are to be removed from the Norwich skyline by Autumn. These pylons have been here for decades.  The geometric patterns of the pylon structures  contrast well with the organic landscape and become part of it. I found great spot to set up under shady tree. It was quite a blustery day which added to the atmosphere.

Media used: water based markers, derwent inktense water soluble pencils, graphite pencil and derwent spritzer bottle.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Ink experiments - Garlic Bulb

My neighbour kindly gave me one of her first Garlic bulbs freshly dug from the ground of her allotment. The beauty of the shape, form and fresh aroma inspired me to draw it using my ink and bamboo dip pens.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

View of Salisbury Plain - Wiltshire

I spent last weekend with friends who live in Wiltshire and have the most wonderful view of Salisbury Plain from their living room french windows. Here are a few quick sketches of the scene. 

Spot the Bee Hive

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sketching Norwich Castle

Norwich Urban sketchers group met up at the Castle today. The sunshine was intermittent but lovely when out. I decided to sketch the castle from outside the front gates. I had lots of fun playing with my water spray bottle for the first time.  I used it to wet the paper first and apply inktense pencils which made them flow smoothly across the paper. Spraying my sketch after using a black non waterproof marker pen allowed the lines to bleed and create a more painterly effect. We finished the afternoon with a lovely blueberry scone and tea in the castle cafe. Really enjoyable day catching up and meeting new sketchers.   

Friday, 14 April 2017

Shortlisted for Sketch Open 2017 Touring Exhibition.

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Sketch Open 2017 drawing prize exhibition at The Rabley Centre in Marlborough in wiltshire. There were over 500 applications from around the world and 100 sketchbooks selected for a touring exhibition at the following places. Great to be in the same company with James Hobbs. 

Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough,  21 May – 17 June 2017
Black Swan Arts, Frome,  22 July – 3 September 2017
Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, 9 September – 6 October 2017
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, 20 November – 15 December 201

Monday, 10 April 2017

Old sketch from 27 years ago!

I was having a good clear out recently and I came across this lovely sketch I did about 27 years ago at a playground when I was on my degree in Norwich. I can remember sketching the little girl chilling with her granny.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Blustery day for the Norwich Urban Sketchers meet up at Britannia Cafe today

John Poole Sketching the view of Norwich.

Had a lovely afternoon sketching at Cafe Britannia which has fantastic views of Norwich. It is located around Mousehold Heath a great place for walking. The cafe itself has an interesting history. It used to be Britannia Barracks and is now a prison.  The cafe is staffed by low risk prisoners that have volunteered to learn new skills and make a fresh start. It was really busy and the cakes were delicious.

View of Cafe Britannia. Its much bigger than my sketch suggests.

First attempt at the view only capturing the lower half

View of Norwich Cathedral from Mousehold Heath

Spikey Bracken in the foreground.

Friday, 10 March 2017

One week100 people sketch challenge complete!

Challenge completed! I managed to sketch 100 people in Norwich this week. I think that is quite an achievement! Didn't think I would manage it!! Really loved taking part. I was at the remarkable theatre of the Everyday !! Great people and characters!! Today I found a prime spot in cafe Nero which looked out onto Norwich Market. Great place to sketch full of life and colour. I went out without my pencil case today but luckily had one black non-permanent fine liner in my bag so I had to use that.When I got back home I used a water brush pen to bleed the lines which turn a lovely grey/ blue colour. I added a splash of colour using my Tombow duel tip pens. Last few sketches to get up to 100 people was at the bus stop on my way home and at coffee van. #oneweek100people2017.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Day 3 - #oneweek100people2017 - Norwich Bus Station

I had a lot of catching up to do today as I was at work yesterday and didn't get a chance to sketch. I decided to keep with theme of travel and to carry on using pencil. I sat in the station cafe next to the window with a cuppa tea and spent a few hours capturing the flow of buses and travellers. I definitely improved as I went along gaining more confidence with the mark making. I sketched about 30 people which leaves about 40 for the next couple of days!!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Day 1 - one week 100 people 2017 sketch challenge

Thought I would take part in the #oneweek100people2017 sketching challenge organised by Mark Taro Holmes and Liz Steel. I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice drawing people in crowds which I find difficult.

I decided to take a walk down to the train station to sketch the daily commuters. I managed to sketch about 29 people. 71 to go!! The perspective and proportions of the figures were difficult to capture quickly.






Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Cafe Sketches Amsterdam

Cafe Welling 

Great atmosphere and characters. I think this is due to being situated behind the theatre. I always come here to sketch. It's like the theatre of the everyday!! Great old brown bars in Amsterdam. Great City!!

Koffie Huis

Kroller Muller Cafe