Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks, Covent Garden

Pencil 149 x 210 mm

An unexpected cool place to draw in Covent Garden. There is usually a limit on how much movement I can cope with when it comes to live sketching but I considered it a point of honour to get these guys down. This is one of three which earned me a scrummy pizza, made by the delightful larger than life chef, Pascale. The others are on

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The hidden river

Now that the weather's getting milder, it feels like time to get out of the studio and do some outdoor drawing. That's the impulse I felt yesterday. But where? Selecting a location to draw when you have so much choice is difficult. I ended up deciding to explore a bit of North London's history that I hadn't yet visited - the New River Path in Islington.

The New River, if you don't know it yet, is fascinating. A man-made river, opened 401 years ago to bring fresh water from Hertfordshire to the rapidly expanding city, it winds its course through north London  suburbs into the heart of Islington, from where it was piped into the city itself. Much of the river's course from Haringey inwards is now covered over and the river is piped below busy streets and housing estates. But there are stretches still running at the surface, and in Islington one such stretch has become a delightful local amenity, the New River Path. I had a pleasant afternoon sitting by the riverside, listening to ducks, answering schoolchildren's questions, and drawing...


Timberyard Private View Tonight - for London Urban Sketchers Exhibition

The venue for the 3rd exhibition - Timberyard Old Street
You are invited to join London Urban Sketchers this evening!

AT: PRIVATE VIEW of works for the 3rd exhibition of London Urban Sketchers 

VENUE: Timberyard, 61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW

BETWEEN: 6-8pm

Exhibitors include:
  • Architects Thomas Corrie and Isabelle Laliberté
  • James Hobbs, freelance editor and author of Sketch Your World
  • Katherine Tyrrell, who has a book about drawing published later this year
  • Digital designer Zhenia Vasiliev
  • Graphic designer Jhih-Ren Shih
This is a video of part of the exhibition being hung.

The show continues until 30 June and follows the second exhibition by different members of London's Urban Sketchers at the Seven Dials brand of Timberyard branch earlier this year.  
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Savoy ... fried chicken and curry

Started drawing this decrepit (yet full of original features) corner of Great Eastern Street this afternoon, after intending to draw the TEA building past the crossroads. After much thought, I still managed to get the paper the wrong way round, and spill water over it.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Urban Sketchers London exhibition at Timberyard Old Street

Hanging the show at Timberyard
Six of London's Urban Sketchers – Thomas Corrie, James Hobbs, Isabelle Laliberté, Jhih-Ren Shih, Katherine Tyrrell and Zhenia Vasiliev – are showing drawings at Timberyard cafe, Old Street, London, following on from a recent exhibition at its Covent Garden branch. 

The Old Street cafe, which is a popular destination for freelance/wifi/e-workers, and close to the cluster of tech companies around the Old Street roundabout, will host the exhibition until 30 June 2014. Details of the private view and sketchcrawl are coming soon.

Visit our Flickr site for a short video of the exhibition.

Timberyard, 61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
29 March-30 June 2014
Open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, weekends 10am-6pm

Exhibiting artists Jhin-Ren Shih, Isabelle Laliberté and Thomas Corrie


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Flying high

According to Twitter, it’s Museum Week and yesterday I visited the RAF museum.  We are very lucky in London to have so many amazing museums to visit but I have to admit I’d never been to this one before.  It was well worth the trip from sunny south London via the Northern Line to Colindale with lots to see and the bonus of free entry!  I used watercolour pencils and a water brush for the colour on these two sketches.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

The underbelly of Hoxton

 Jay Scott
and The Find. Pencil on A5

My take on the evening drawing with James Hobbs at The Underbelly venue on Thursday night. There are others on my site and on Art on the Left. Having to work unsociable hours is the way to go.