Urban Sketching: Smithfield

St Bartholomew the Great

Last Saturday I joined the London Urban Sketchers again for a day of sketching around Smithfield. It’s an area I know quite well but had never sketched there before. I met up with some friends and we spent the first part of the day drawing the gate that leads through to the grounds of St Bartholomew the Great Church (which I shared a photo of on this blog a few years ago) and the fountain in the courtyard of St Bart’s hospital (a sketch I still haven’t finished).

The Old Bailey

After meeting up with the whole group for the first photo we warmed up in a cafe and had some lunch before heading down the road to the Central Criminal Court, known as The Old Bailey, before heading back to see what everyone else had been sketching and take one last photo to document the day. I also found myself volunteering to help organise a sketchcrawl but that’s not until next year so there’ll be a few more outings before that one comes around.



House Sketch and a Question

Duibh Oilean House Ireland

I’m not sure exactly how or why but I’m a bit behind with the assignments for SketchingNow Buildings with Liz. Thankfully we have long-term access to all the course materials so I’m hoping to get caught up over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime I thought I’d share this sketch which was another one that I did in Ireland and is the most recent outdoor assignment that I’ve done for this course.

I’m also sketching every day for Inktober at the moment so I’ll share those drawings probably at the end of the month once they’re all finished. You can also see my Inktober drawings on Instagram every day. At the same time I’ve been making some repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator using some of the patterns I made for the 100 Day Project so that’s been keeping me quite busy.

I’m hoping to use some of my repeat patterns to create new products for my shop so I have a question for you: is there a particular drawing or pattern of mine that you’d like to see for sale in my shop? Let me know in the comments below, or send me an email.