De-cluttering sketching pens and pencils

Christmas is over and 2019 is almost here, so what better way to bring in the New Year by decluttering my sketching kit! In my quest to find the 'magic' pen or pencil I have acquired so many that I can now open a stationary shop! However, what I have noticed is having so many... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Sketching in Coffee Shops

This month I've been hiding away from the cold and keeping warm by sketching people in coffee shops. I also attempted a self- portrait in my hat and scarf! I've particularly enjoyed sketching with my new Lamy Joy pen which is the closest fountain pen to a dip pen. The Lamy Joy pen has great... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Sketching in Bath

  This month my art buddy and I went to Bath for a weekend of sketching and visiting friends. Although I have visited Bath before it is so different to be able to sit down and truly breathe in just how beautiful Bath is with my ink and watercolour. From sketching stone washed buildings to... Continue Reading →

Yoga and Sketching 

I have found a new love in life for yoga. Similar to sketching it takes you away from your mind chatter and makes you focus on what is happening in the moment. I managed to take some time out on my first yoga retreat to sketch a beautiful summer scene near a lake. There were... Continue Reading →

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