Here are a few of the drawings that folks from in and around Sheffield did in their sketchbooks on Dec 4th's sketchcrawl. It's really interesting to see how various different people have tackled the same subjects.
If you want to find out what it's all about, or read about other Sheffield sketchcrawls, there's plenty on my main blog here. Or you can visit the sketchcrawl home site created by the sketchcrawl founder Enrico Casarosa, to check out sketchcrawls in your home town.
I recently did a long train journey, down to Winchester, to spend the weekend at the SCBWI conference. Here's what I drew.
First leg - 1hr on the 15.23 from Sheffield to Birmingham:
Changing at Birmingham onto the 17.03 (except it's running 25 minutes late):
On the way back it's a mad dash and I'm just in time to catch the 17.50 back to Birmingham:
Two bits of bad news drop on me half way home. Firstly I find my hotel room key in my handbag (oops); secondly my connecting train at Birmingham is 20 minutes late, then 30, then 40... and finally arrives, 50 minutes late, so it's nearly 9pm before I get back underway (groan):
Whenever a train is late, twice the amount of passengers appear by magic from somewhere! It's so full I can't get near my reserved seat:
I get home just in time for bed at 10.45pm - what a marathon!
Yes, the 1st one was such fun, we did it again almost immediately. As it happens, International Sketchcrawl Day was last Saturday, so some of the same folks as last time, plus some new ones, met up for another day of sketching.
We started in Weston Park Museum, drawing various stuffed animals, pinned insects and odd exhibits of all kinds:
Bryn Hughes: Dorothy Rasen:
We ate a packed lunch and then the boldest of the party braved the outdoors, to draw in the grounds around the museum:
Bryn Hughes: Louise Taylor:
Of course, it rained almost immediately, so after a damp and rather chilly hour and a bit, we retreated indoors again for a final warm-up sketch:
We rewarded ourselves with a drink at the nearby University Arms and passed all the sketchbooks round. As you can see, one or two people still couldn't stop sketching!
There always exciting to see the variety of techniques and all the different ways people interpret the same subjects.
If you look carefully above, you can see that one person even brought an iPad instead of a sketchbook (Jane's iPad drawings are at the very top).
What an amazing day out. Please email meif you'd like to take part next time - everyone is welcome, whatever your age, experience or ability, and it's all free. What could be better eh?
I have been a children's book illustrator for the last 17 years and have more than 30 published books. I am also an Urban Sketchers correspondent and reportage-artist. My book Sketching People was published by Search Press and Barrons in 2016.
I give inspirational lectures, and run illustration and sketching workshops, both in the UK and abroad, for adults and in schools. I have delivered events in China, Brazil, Spain and the Dominican Republic. In 2017/18 I am running workshops in Chicago, Perth and Sydney.
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