"Sketchbook"

Discovered Again: Charcoal Portraits

Discovered Again: Charcoal Portraits

It’s quite hard to capture the characteristics of a person in a sketch. I did these so long ago (2008) and don’t know the models, so I’ve no idea if I did a good job, but I think they’re quite convincing!

Discovered Again: Eastern European Architecture

Discovered Again: Eastern European Architecture

These quick drawings were done whilst travelling around Eastern Europe in 2001. I love to sketch when I travel and sometimes it captures a place better than a photo. These sketches were done in Prague (Czech Republic), Krakow/Cracow (Poland), Pécs and Budapest (Hungary).

In Sight: Thistles

In Sight: Thistles

At the weekend when I was out on a country walk (although I spent more time taking photos than walking!) I saw this thistle covered in frost and couldn’t resist taking it home to sketch. Once inside the frost melted…

In Sight: Sage

In Sight: Sage

I love sketching in cafes. I find it really relaxing to be away from my desk and to just draw whatever’s in front of me. This week I spent a few days in Reading and managed to find some time…

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Body Decoration

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Body Decoration

This is a drawing from one of my sketchbooks looking at tribal body decoration. This woman is from the Nuba tribe in Sudan. The decoration on her chest is scarification; a long and painful process that involves incising the skin…

In Sight: Indian Screen

In Sight: Indian Screen

I can’t keep myself away from the V&A at the moment. I found myself sketching in the same area of the museum as last weekend. I’m loving the geometric patterns in these Indian screens.

In Sight: Indian Screens

In Sight: Indian Screens

Another Sunday afternoon sketching in the V&A Museum. This time I was drawn to a display of Indian screens carved out of sandstone and marble. They reminded me of my trip to India I did a few years ago. Sure…

In Sight: Art Deco Jewellery

In Sight: Art Deco Jewellery

I could spend hours sketching in the Victoria and Albert Museum, so I’m making the most of it whilst I’m in London for a few weeks for some freelance work. Today I was looking for all things Art Deco and ended…

In Sight: Interiors

In Sight: Interiors

I’m having a sketching day and thought I’d sketch a few interiors that I  love. My cushions would look great in these rooms!

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Decoration

Discovered Again: Nuba Tribal Decoration

One of my favourite sketchbooks is based on tribal body decoration. This is a painting I did of a Nuba tribesman from Sudan. I love the geometric patterns and soft pastel colours with the dark contrast and hint of ember.

Discovered Again: Sketchbooks

Discovered Again: Sketchbooks

I’ve had to make the hard decision to leave London and move back up north to my parents. It looks like setting up your own business is full of sacrifices! Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end….