Thursday, November 9, 2017
‘See the world one drawing at a time’
1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time
I arrived a little late to the party (about 5 years ago) but being part of the online community has been brilliant and had a profound effect on my artistic life. To find out that there were other people who were drawing their own neighbourhoods and their everyday experiences was just a revelation. It wasn’t just me who liked to sit on street corners, watch the world go by and record it in my sketchbook! As Tina Koyama, one of the correspondents puts it, “I’ve found my tribe”.
On Saturday, sketchers all over the world are invited to take part in a 24 hour sketchwalk covering the globe. The London chapter will be taking part, meeting at the Imperial War Museum at 11.15 am.
Full details of the event which is led by Isabel Carmona can be found at http://urbansketchers-london.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/lets-draw-imperial-war-museum-and.html Please join us if you are free and celebrate drawing on location!
Thank you so much Gabi for your vision and hard work!
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
I had the chance to get in the Halloween spirit a little early yesterday when I went to a drawing event at the Tower of London…
I was asked to arrive half an hour before the start of the event and this gave me and the other participants time to soak up the atmosphere, take a few photos and get a little flavour of the Tower at night. At 7pm we were ushered up stone steps into the building, welcomed by the host and given a brief outline of the evening. The theme was ‘Women and witchcraft’ and the set-ups for the models were both dramatically lit, with the interior of the building incredibly inspiring.
|The scene before the model arrived|
Initially I found it rather crowded (there were probably about 40 people plus Tower of London staff) and it took a while to get going. There were short 5 minute poses to start with, then 10, then 20 for the last poses. Seating wise, there were cushions and fold-up stools although some people stood for the short poses. The dramatic lighting meant lots of great shadows but you needed to pick your spot to see what you were drawing. We were encouraged to move between the rooms so we could get a chance to draw both models. Each room had an artist who led the session but there was no formal tuition.
I was given a complimentary ticket for the event in return for a review on social media but the normal price is £25 per person. Obviously you are paying a premium over a standard drawing class because of the location but I do think overall it is a fair price for the event. I also think that whatever your drawing ability, it would be an enjoyable experience because of the amazing venue. Also if I were to go again, I’d probably take some of my own materials, maybe some toned paper and favourite pencils.
The next ‘Drawn at the Tower’ event is on Monday 11th December with a theme of ‘Echoes and Shadows’. More details here - https://www.artmacabre.co.uk/new-events/2017/10/30/drawn-at-the-tower-women-witchcraft-d87a9
Sunday, October 29, 2017
It’s autumn in Croydon, so it’s time for the harvest at Saffron Central. I drew, while a team of hard working volunteers picked saffron strands, weeded the beds and tidied up the garden. The flowers are just starting to appear and hopefully within a week the area will be a carpet of purple. It will be the third saffron harvest, and the last, as the site will be developed in the new year. The block which will have foundations on the site will be as tall as the Nestle Tower which you can see in the drawing. By this time next year, the whole scene will have changed completely.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
My haul of postcards from last night’s PV for the new Lucinda Rogers exhibition at the House of Illustration in London. I’m a big fan of her reportage work and this show is drawings made in Ridley Road Market, Dalston.
More information here - http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/