Sunday, 25 January 2015

Down the High Road, South Woodford

at the junction with Glebelands Avenue, is this little terrace. I drew them from somewhere near the bus stop opposite the Odeon. I liked the evening shadows and the chimney pots of course. As a pencil drawing, it had been hanging around since the end of the summer, rattling on at me, "go on, get out the paint, you know you need to." Which was true, so I felt the fear, and did it anyway. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Isabel Carmona

Delighted to be part of USk- London, I've just realised that I should have introduced myself as part of the "meet the correspondent" series. So here it goes a bit about myself, my work and where I draw and paint...
I am Spanish but have lived in the UK for a long time, having come to study architecture in the early 90s.  I've sketched all through my student and professional life, with colour and watercolour specifically as my main medium - colour is very important to me and it is likely to be the first thing I do in a sketch - although not always.

Sketching/painting and drawing is for me the best way to remember where I've been on my trips and the memories of place and time will always rush back when I see an old sketch - one of my first experiences of drawing on location was a inter railing trip in 91 with a friend. I remember little of the trip except for the places I drew, that is the power of paying that little more attention to things when one sits down to sketch.

More recently, I have taken art more seriously and take part on my local Open Studios Scheme - in Newbury (West Berkshire) where I exhibit locally every year and have taught watercolour classes locally.
As a Spaniard, I joined the Urban Sketchers network in Spain first and attended the Barcelona symposium as a translator.  In 2014, I organised the Urban Sketchers workshop in Oxford with other urban sketchers and was pleased to coordinate the 44th sketchcrawl with the London team.
I leave you here a couple of my view of London done in 2014 - a couple on the Portobello Road sketchcrawl and one from the Thames North Bank looking towards London Bridge and the Shard.
Portobello Road by the Castle pub
Portobello Road at Charlie's cafe
South Bank view from North bank of Thames - Southwark and Shard
My work can be seen in various places:
website -
personal blog, mainly about urban sketching -
flickr - issi carmona 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Let's Draw the British Museum

WHEN: 7th February 2015

Full details on meeting points to follow.

For those on Facebook, the event is here.


Monday, 29 December 2014

Roller-coaster sketchcrawl

It's true, last Saturday's sketchcrawl wasn't for the faint-hearted. It was cold, and rained a bit, and there was a feeling of smugness along with coldness when we headed back to the Tyburn pub. Winter Wonderland: I'm not sure about the "wonderland" bit, but it certainly was winter.


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Skaters II, watercolour only ©Sue Pownall.
On a cold, 4°C, and showery afternoon, ten sketchers met in a nice warm pub beforeheaded across Marble Arch and into the Winter Wonderland event.  
Near the entrance was a big wheel complete with Santa in his sleigh, and it had to be drawn. Taking shelter under one of the many wooden food chalets, I grabbed an Inktense pencil and started sketching. The slightly unusual effect is due to spots of rain on the page.
I wasn't happy with the red, so added red watercolour at home.
Next up, I sketched Zippo's Circus. I have to say I was tempted to go and see the show, especially as a sign boasted "It's warm inside". Instead, it was a cup of hot chocolate and onto the outside skating rink. I sketched the skaters directly in watercolour. The spots on the page due to the paint taking forever to dry.
Pencil with watercolour added at home.
 With icy feet, fingers & nose, a great find was the firepit, where thawing out whilst sketching was a perfect way to end a visit to the Winter Wonderland. Finally, it was time to head to the pub and share our sketches.


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Winter Wonderland 27th December

Ten of us faced the cold day and enjoyed sketching this strange place full of visual inputs and people everywhere. There were rides and lights and noise  and a great roaring fire that was a life saver when our feet froze whilst standing up. A quick post and photo of the atmosphere today.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Saturday night down the O2

Before Madness

I was fortunate to be given a free VIP box ticket for Madness' last night of their world tour. So while waiting for the support act to begin, I drew the very ordinary view of all the trappings of a world stage before the stars and the pretty lights come on.