Thursday, April 19, 2018

Leaving Crocus Valey

A demolition site in the centre of Croydon has been the home to a pop-up saffron farm for the last two and a half years. The heritage project, initially started with a crowd funding campaign, was kept going by donations and an army of volunteers. It’s been a real community effort led by Ally McKinlay who had the idea in the first place, inspired by the legend that the town’s name originated as ‘Crocus Valley’.

These are the drawings I made on the last weekend before the developers took back the site. All the plants and containers were given away to community groups and schools with local people coming along to collect the rest. Some of the remaining gardening equipment and water tanks are being stored, in the hope that a new, more permanent site can be found in the future. I’m hoping to continue drawing there and follow the progress of the new concrete growth on the site, as four tower blocks take the place of the tiny corms.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

More scrapbook than sketchbook

A few pages from my current sketchbook where I have enjoyed cutting up magazines and leaflets, sticking them down and trying to match the colours with gouache paint. Also a little bit of doodling too. I'm not sure where it is going but sometimes it's good to play!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

#OneWeek100People2018 challenge

Last week, I took part in the ‘One Week 100 People2018’ hashtag challenge organised by Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes. I felt that I’d been neglecting people in my sketchbook drawings for a while and thought it would give me a boost and feel more confident drawing them again.

The pages are laid out below as they appear in my sketchbook, which is an A4 Seawhite of Brighton one containing acid-free 140gsm paper. I mainly used Tikky Graphic and Tombow pens, but watercolour crept in for my bonus day on the Saturday, which I added as I wasn’t able to participate on Thursday.

Well worth doing and great to see how other people took up the challenge. See a whole host of images by looking at the hashtag #oneweek100people2018 on Twitter and Instagram. 

Monday 5th March - St. Pancras Station, London

Tuesday 6th March - Drawn from photographs on my phone and a few from M&S Cafe in Croydon 

Wednesday 7th March - London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour

Thursday 8th March - Nothing!

Friday 9th March - Cafe Sketchers at Ethos Restaurant, London

Bonus Day!
Saturday 10th March - Crosse Keys Pub, City of London

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What's in my sketching kit?

A round up of what is in my sketching kit at the moment:

Rotring Tikky Graphic pen (0.5)
Pentel black brush pen
Uniball Signo broad white pen
Pentel Micro Correct (thick white pen)
Karisma coloured pencils - Burnt Ochre, Vermilion, Aquamarine, Cool Grey, Cold Grey Very Light, Warm Grey, Lavender and Light Blue. (They stopped making this range a while back unfortunately as they are really nice to use)
Pencil sharpener
Bulldog clip
Winsor and Newton water brush pen (from Cotman Brush Pen set)
Derwent Waterbrushes (size 1 and 2)
Packet of tissues (for cleaning the water brushes)
Elastic band (for holding pens and pencils together)

Winsor and Newton Pocket Watercolour Tin containing:

Winsor Lemon
Winsor Yellow
Indian Yellow
Naples Yellow Deep
Winsor Red
Permanent Carmine
Opera Rose
Quinacridone Magenta
Winsor Violet
Cobalt Violet
Neutral Tint
Perylene Green
Oxide Chromium
Winsor Green Yellow
Prussian Blue
French Ultramarine
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Turquoise Light
Vandyke Brown
Burnt Sienna

All fit into a large size Kipling Creativity Purse.