Monday, 15 January 2018

Drawing Attention - New Year, new format

Drawing Attention - January 2018 issue

If you haven't yet spotted the January 2018 issue of Drawing Attention, the official monthly newsletter of Urban Sketchers global, have a look at the shiny new zine format. It's also available in pdf format.

Drawing Attention communicates and promotes official Urban Sketchers workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events. You'll also find news about Urban Sketchers chapters around the world, and advice about the practice of on-location sketching.

Closer to home, the next Urban Sketchers London sketchcrawl is coming up this weekend, Saturday 20 January at the Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library 'exploring health, life and our place in the world'. One item of interest is the only mural Picasso made in England. By coincidence, it was ten years ago this week the mural was unveiled at the Wellcome Collection.

JD Bernal's biographer, Andrew Brown, made this copy of the Picasso mural. © the artist

Remember to consult the complete list of all forthcoming Urban Sketchers London sketchcrawls for 2018. And if you haven't stopped by the Urban Sketchers London accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr lately, check out what everyone's been up to. It's going to be a great year for Urban Sketchers London -- we look forward to seeing you.


Monday, 25 December 2017

Season's Greetings from Urban Sketchers London

'How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You're not capturing it, you're interpreting it.'
 -Juliette Aristides

However you celebrate the season, Urban Sketchers London wish you peace, joy and quality time with your sketchbooks in 2018.


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Bit late in the day, Imperial War Museum

After wandering around looking at tanks and cars and warheads, I decided to go with the delightful handrail and newell post of the stairway. Good subject as not a lot of people wanted to crowd round and look at it and I could stand at a reasonably close distance to get enough of it on the page and still see the reflection details. I think I had lunch between start and finish. Anyway, a jolly good visit with the intrepid London USk-ers.

Monday, 11 December 2017

2017 drawing to a close

At the end of the day on the steps of the new entrance to the V&A
It was great to see so many people at the V&A for our last London sketchcrawl of 2017.  Below are just a handful of sketches from the day - there are more on the Facebook page.  It's a fantastic area of London to draw in, with a great choice of museums, full of drawing inspiration.

Sketch by Sangeeta

Drawing by Samson

Science museum study by Sasala

Sketch by Jimmy

Natural History study by Carol

Artuus at work

Drawings by Elizabeth

Lunchtime meet up


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Five years on: My first sketchcrawl with Urban Sketchers London

The Brunswick Lion of Gallery 46a - pastel and graphite in 20x20 cm sketchbook 

[From Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA] This week five years ago I took part in my first Urban Sketchers London sketchcrawl. I arrived on my own and elbowed my way through the packed lobby of the Natural History Museum, wondering how to tell an Urban Sketcher from a regular person. When I spotted a cluster of regular people brandishing sketchbooks, my heart leapt. Our sketching territory included the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. I chose the V&A, and that's where I fell under the spell of Gallery 46a*. It's part of the museum's renowned collection of plaster casts of European sculpture. I drew the back end of the Brunswick Lion. 

As luck would have it, Urban Sketchers London returns to the Kensington museums this coming Saturday 9 December 2017, but this time we're meeting at the new Sackler Wing of the V&A. If you've never joined an Urban Sketchers event, here's a little something about sketchcrawls in general. And if you're joining us for the first time, don't worry if you're not sure how to spot the Urban Sketchers. Just look for a group of regular people carrying sketchbooks. See you at the V&A!

My original two-page sketchbook spread

My favourite cast court: Gallery 46a with plaster casts of sculptures from northern Europe and Spain 

*Gallery 46a is closed for renovation until November 2018, but if you make your way to Gallery 111 you can look down on progress from the balcony.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Let’s draw the Wellcome Collection - Saturday 20 January 2018

In January, we meet to draw at the Wellcome Collection, at 183 Euston Road. The Wellcome Collection offers exhibitions on science and medicine, and there is an extraordinary collection of objects related to the history of medicine of different cultures.

The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit. Please use only dry media such as pencil when drawing inside the Collection.

Key times and meeting points for the day:

11am: Meet in the Level 0 foyer between the main front door and the spiral staircase.

1pm: Meet again in the Level 0 foyer to look at drawings done in the morning.

3.30pm: Meet in the Level 0 foyer to review the day’s drawings and take group photographs.

We could continue to meet and talk in the Wellcome Collection café, or if people prefer a pub, the Royal George is next to Euston Station on the junction of Euston Square and Eversholt Street.

This day is run by Jo Dungey and Cathryn Worrell.

Drawing at the Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection was founded by Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneer of the pharmaceutical industry, to encourage understanding of science and medicine, and to house his collection of artefacts related to the history of medicine.

The Wellcome Collection has a wide range of options for drawing, including exhibits on current scientific issues, displays from the history of medicine world-wide, artworks old and new related to the body, and a new temporary exhibition about Ayurvedic medicine. Don’t miss the displays in the Reading Room on Level 2, and the Picasso mural just outside. We could also draw the interiors and the visitors.

If anyone wants to draw out of doors, one option is to walk down Gower Street, which has some varied University of London buildings, or walk down Gordon Street to Gordon Square, where there are former homes of many of the Bloomsbury Group.

Practical information

Admission to the Wellcome Collection is free. On Saturdays the galleries are open from 10am to 6pm. The Wellcome Collection has two cafes, a shop, a cloakroom with lockers, and toilets. There are some stools and seating provided in the galleries. There are other cafes and food shops around Euston station.

The Wellcome Collection is at 183 Euston Road, opposite Euston Station on the corner of Euston Road and Gordon Road. It is next to the Wellcome Trust which is a more modern building. Look for the banners on the front of the Wellcome Collection building. The nearest underground stations are Euston Square, Euston and Warren Street. There is more information on the Wellcome Collection website:


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Raynes Park Station

[By John Webb] Went with a handful of fellow painters on Saturday morning to a Pub near Raynes Park Station.  Most remained inside but have always been struck by the shapes and signeage by the arch under the off-set platforms.  Stations are hugely sketchable - although one colleague commented that I had managed to make an interesting subject even out of Raynes Park Station!
Generally by dint of location there's interesting history too.  During his lifetime Edward Rayne sold strips of land to the Nine Elms, Southampton Railway Company and the Wimbledon Dorking line. Stations were opened at Wimbledon and Maiden, which Edward enthusiastically made use of. However, this station was not built until the estate had been sold.
The adoption of the Rayne name being most likely due to Edward’s co-operative and enthusiastic approach to the lines when they were built.