Sketching using Procreate

Despite feeling like I'm cheating on my sketchbook and watercolours, I love sketching on Procreate. I have loads to learn which will take some time but the ease of using Procreate and having an entire art shop in your back pocket is wonderful. I quickly sketched daddy with my little one for as long as... Continue Reading →

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Sketching break

I've not really achieved much with sketching this month. Work and general busyness of life has taken over. Looking back at my sketchbook always brings back so many memories. This is one of the many reasons why I enjoy sketching; capturing a moment of time on paper. I remember this sketch drawn 4 years ago... Continue Reading →

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Sketching break in October

This the first month in years where I haven't sketched at all! Work has been super busy and I've just not found the time to sit with my sketchbook and pen. I think about sketching all the time. And, I find inspiration scrolling through Instagram. If you're on Instagram, follow me @Biralsketch. I'm hoping November... Continue Reading →

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Stealing Sketching Moments

I've been reading a book by Eckhart Tolle, which talks about the importance of being present. It's an amazing book and one which is life changing. However, for those that know me, being present is something I find difficult, mostly because my attention span is similar to that of a fish, and generally I'm so... Continue Reading →

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Sketching ReMarkable

I'm a huge fan of Danny Gregory. I've read his books, taken an online course at sketchbook skool and follow him on social media. His sketches are amazing and over the past year or so he has been drawing/sketching/painting using his iPad. I've always battled with drawing using tech whether that's using an iPad, Wacom... Continue Reading →

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Sketching in Cornwall

We headed down to Cornwall for our family holiday and it would have been a sin (as a sketcher) not to pack my sketchbook and attempt to paint a little bit of Cornwall. Cornwall is beautiful, and I can see why it's a popular destination for Artists. The beaches, boats, the lighthouse, the rocky shore... Continue Reading →

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Sketching Break

I have to admit this is the first time in many months where I haven't sketched anything or even thought about sketching. House renovations and life in general has completed zapped my energy and my time; and because of this my sketching has completely halted. This blog has become a little record of my life,... Continue Reading →

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Abstract Watercolours

I mentioned in my previous post how I am really enjoying the concept of abstract realism. Unfortunately, this month has been busy with job interviews and home renovation that I've not found dedicated time (or energy) to put brush to paper. But, I was able to create abstract watercolour triangles and I really enjoyed watching... Continue Reading →

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Sketching People

This month was the, 'One Week, 100 people' challenge, unfortunately, similar to previous years I didn't take part. This is because this week coincided with school holidays and I couldn't find the time in between laundry and entertaining (shouting at) my lovely children! I promise next year I will take part! However, I did spend... Continue Reading →

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Sketching Faces

I tend to avoid drawing faces or portraits mostly because I find it difficult to capture a true likeness and I haven't found it as enjoyable as sketching buildings. However, recently, I have found faces fascinating. The deepness of the eyes, the untold stories etched into lines or how the shadows falls - faces are... Continue Reading →

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Sketching to Breathe

For me, sketching is more than capturing a realistic or pretty picture or something for others to enjoy and comment. It’s a series of moments where so many things unfold. I slow down and I really notice the world in front of me - the shadows, bright spots, colours, shapes, rooftops, the arched windows and alongside... Continue Reading →

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Life Drawing

My lovely arty friend has been going to life drawing which she absolutely loves. I honestly never thought life drawing was for me as  seeing another naked body would be erm slightly awkward! Anyway, after seeing her amazing sketches, I decided to put my nervousness to one side and found a local life drawing group.... Continue Reading →

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Summer Sketching

June has been a month of glorious sunshine in London and I've enjoyed using my blackwing pencil and watercolours. My sketching this month has been inspired by Paul Wang, his use of continuous line and loose watercolours are a dance on paper. If you are on instagram, check out his work by following 'paulwang_sg' or... Continue Reading →

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Sketching from Photos

I love Urban Sketching because being outside in the environment and capturing scenes in your sketchbook is a sensory heaven. But this also means I have millions of excuses not to sketch such as having the kids around me (they never let me sketch!), not having the time and as this excuse list is never-ending... Continue Reading →

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Learning Perspective

This month I've been fascinated with learning all about perspective, it definitely is a case of when maths meets art! I feel having basic perspective brings a sketch together and helps the sketch to be more visually engaging. There is a beauty in perspective which I only now appreciate because of Stephenie Bower. Stephenie Bower... Continue Reading →

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Sketching Small

February has been pretty cold here in London and so I've not really ventured out to sketch. Instead, I have embraced sketching small and the everyday items around me. This month, I have also been reading some fantastic books by established and amazing Urban Sketchers. If you are new to Urban Sketching or want to... Continue Reading →

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Sketching in Portugal

    This month, we embarked on a family holiday abroad and of course I took my sketchbook with me!! I've really enjoyed sketching on holiday for so many reasons, here are a few of them: Sketching smaller elements of a bigger picture meant I could get my sketchbook out frequently as I wasn't overwhelmed... Continue Reading →

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Draw London 

September has been a very busy month and my sketching has been gathering some serious amount of dust. But, this month has ended on a sketching high with Francine Lawrence and Susi Hoyle on their amazing course, ‘Draw London’ with City Academy. We gathered in the morning at Tate Modern in London and sketched our... Continue Reading →

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Reportage Illustration

This month, I attended a course taught by George Butler at the House of Illustration in London. George is a reportage illustrator and sketches amazing scenes all over the world mostly with a dip pen.  You can see his work here. We spent a few hours sketching at St Pancras in London. For the first... Continue Reading →

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Sketching from my Window – Crystal Palace Transmitting Station 

It's a view from my bedroom window which goes unnoticed most the day until I take a moment to stop and look out. I always find myself wanting to sketch this view of the Crystal Palace Transmitting Station, the colourful skies in the background and the green trees in the foreground. Whether it's with ink... Continue Reading →

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London Urban Sketchers @Alexandra Palace 

It was brilliant to meet at Alexandra Palace with the London Urban Sketchers today. The Ice Rink was a great place to practice gesture sketching with my new dip pen. It was a challenging sketch with all the skaters moving around so fast, it felt like you had 0.00000001 of second to capture them whilst... Continue Reading →

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Gesture and People Sketching

I prefer sketching buildings over people but I was inspired by the challenge to sketch 100 people in one week. I tried to give this challenge a good try and even though I didn't get anywhere near 100 people, I developed an interest for capturing people and gestures. Suddenly, watching people took on a new... Continue Reading →

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Urban Sketching @ Tate Modern

This weekend I joined the London Urban Sketchers Group to sketch views of London from the Tate Modern. It was a lovely sunny day but extremely cold. The Urban Sketchers group is an amazing group of talent and there is a huge degree of comfort to see other sketchers around you while you sketch. I... Continue Reading →

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Classes and learning 

October has been jammed packed with classes and learning. I just finished a local watercolour class which was amazing and I will blog more about this soon. Being self taught, I spend a lot of time reading books or learning online so it was nice to be in a classroom environment and have a teacher... Continue Reading →

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