Urban Sketching: Challenging Interiors at the Barbican


On Saturday I was out again with the London Urban Sketchers, this time sketching in and around the Barbican Estate in the City of London (not to be confused with London, the city!). It was a cold day and after spending the morning sketching outside we headed indoors for the afternoon.


Unfortunately we were asked to leave one particular area of the arts centre (half way through my sketch of a view from a window) because there was a wedding taking place, so we moved to some seats just outside the theatre and gift shop to sketch some of the inside of the building. This was a bigger challenge than I’d anticipated when I sat down and I made more than one mistake (as you may be able to tell in my sketch).

I also ended up leaving out a large and complex sculpture that was hanging in this space and have toyed with the idea of drawing it in afterwards using a white pen but so far I haven’t had the inclination (or courage?) to attempt this!

I’ve also noticed my tendency to exclude people from my urban sketches, but more on that some other time!

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