Quick sketches. Why?

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Some days I sketch quickly. Maybe because I don’t have much time, or because I haven’t drawn for a couple of days and I want to warm up before spending time on a drawing.

I consider those rushed sketches valuable because they train me to notice subjects I may revisit in future.

Such as in the sketches below: The first three ones were done quickly; the lines are rushed, the corrections evident, and the results look ‘rough’ .

However, when I revisit similar subjects with more time I find it easier to notice the proportions, colours and details. For those longer drawings it helps if I’m able to lean on a pillar (at the station) or sit on a wall (opposite the bridge).

In the case of Wesley Hall I was eventually successful: I decided to chance a sketch on a day of many weathers. I planned to stand close to the building because the traffic blocked my view in earlier drawings. Unfortunately the weather was nippier than I had anticipated. After 30 minutes sketching in the wind I decided to leave, with a sketch in pencil and pen, unfinished.





I returned to Wesley Hall to add the colour details yesterday. After I did I carried on my walk and reached Sydenham library, which I had sketched a few times already. I almost walked on, but I liked the light and I liked the perspective with the trees as backdrop, so I decided to at least do a quick sketch.

I stood in front of a lamp-post so people wouldn’t bump into me accidentally. Half through my drawing it started raining, so I stopped and went in the library to have a coffee. I noticed the architectural details inside and decided to draw them too.

When I had finished the rain was over and I was able to add colour to my interrupted library sketch.

As I said, quick sketches help me notice things I may revisit in future.

They also help build a habit of drawing -which can only get better with practice- and they help capture life around you: buildings, seasons, domestic objects. Those will eventually change, and your drawings will help preserve their memory.


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Framed sketches


When I was doing an art course I showed my sketchbooks to a teacher. He commented on my drawings and asked if I would be able to display them. I said no: I used both sides of the paper. If I detached any page I’d take part of the drawing on the other side.

He seemed sceptical.

But I kept drawing on both sides of the paper. Why? Because my sketchbooks weren’t made to last: I made them for fun, to use them without a care about quality, durability or saleability.

They are convenient and cheap and only for personal use.

However, that conversation left me thinking: What if one day I wanted to display my sketches? Would I have to ruin some other drawings in the process? How long would they last before fading?

I left the question on the back of my mind and kept filling my sketchbooks.

Until I thought I could simply  order prints from my scanned sketches (those I show on my website, here):  I ordered just the right size to fit in the frames I used for my course exhibition.

I chose a few sketches that I like, these ones:

This is the result.

I am chuffed that I’ve found a way to display (some) of my framed sketches on my walls.

I have no idea if I will display them somewhere else one day, but it feels good to know I could if I wanted to.

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Water-soluble graphite pencils

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One of the best feelings in the world for someone who likes to paint is to find out new media.

I loved discovering poster paint, aged 10.

I loved discovering watercolour pencils, many years later.

And a few weeks ago I discovered water-soluble graphite pencils, and I think they are great. Continue reading »

On sharing

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I heard David Shrigley on one of his videos offer advice on how to select works for an exhibition: “show work that you like, so at least one person likes it

Wise words.

These are some sketches (old and new) I did in my bedroom. Continue reading »

Watercolour mongery

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I’m still very far from where I’d like to be and still learning about watercolours.

However, I’ve found some gadgets useful for my experiments, and maybe they can help someone else.

(Feel free to skip this post if you are looking for technical advice: I’m just fumbling my way at the moment)


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Fear of looking foolish


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I’ve always had a difficult relationship with watercolours: I find them tricky. They require planning, lots of time waiting for paint to dry and technical knowledge about the way they’ll behave on different papers. Continue reading »

Bathroom sink

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bathroom sink sketch

I’ve been working on a few experiments with watercolours lately and I was planning to share them soon. However, life’s been busy and they’ll have to wait until I get some more works finished. Continue reading »


Hello again;

I’ve been busy lately but I had some drawings already done.

Sometimes the weather is too cold to be sketching outdoors, or it is too hot, or too late, or I can’t be bothered going out in the rain. Continue reading »


Hello again;

I thought life would be different after I finished my course, but things can take longer than we plan. On the other hand, though, I’ve had lots of time to draw and fill my sketchbooks. I even spent time at my local park, soaking in the colours (mostly green, as you can see). Continue reading »

Unsocial media


Social media noise

I know I’m far from being a social media butterfly:

I was one of the last people I know to use a mobile phone. Continue reading »