This is Liz and Alissa’s baby. A get together of passionate sketchers who would rather do this than anything else. With my brand new sample sketchbook from Stillman & Birn, I hit the streets.
The word was it’d be 40+ degrees again, so from Liz was, only come if you are keen So that’s a definite. ‘Yes’ for me. I sketch in any weather as do most of the others.
This is an early part of Sydney established for workers in quarries, ship building and construction. Tough people. A hard life. History to burn. Cottages were small, banks were big. Pubs outnumbered them all. Every turn a sketch.
First port of call – coffee. What else. Cafe XX11 on the corner is a series of rooms working it’s way up the hill, but when I found the front I ordered.
New sketchbook. New challenges. Thicker paper. Takes more water. Standing under a tree I began with a number 8 pen. Not sure it runs well enough on the lightly textured paper, but I always finish what I start and make it work. Threw some colour to get the light and dark.
Next stop along and up the square a little……St Frock.
I like the small simple cottage design. Here I could use my No 2 pen, show sandstone, brick, tin, wood, iron gates and flower boxes. A little bit Paris. Everyone lived pretty much in one room and always a brick fireplace and chimney. Now it’s a dress shop. At first Nau-nau was there, and then gone. Suddenly she’s out again so I tossed her in, with her pink harness and collar.
I needed a seat to sit on. A good one facing us.
A classic corner bank building over the road. A place which used to look after your money, now looks after your wrinkles. No drawing first here. Take a minute to observe the shapes. Start with a bit of mixed blue and sepia to brush in some form. Some wash, colour and go back with a tiny bit of pen. That’ll do. Think David Gentleman is having influence already.
Time to have a catchup and see what we all did. Just great work and very good discussions on ideas and techniques different sketchers use. Another Urban Sketch Sydney is planned. Can’t wait.