Earlier this month I met with the London Urban Sketchers at Leadenhall Market in the City of London. Leadenhall market is one of the oldest covered markets in London and was designed by the same architect behind Smithfield Market and Tower Bridge. It’s also been the backdrop for many films, perhaps the most famous one being Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone.
I spent the first part of the day inside the market sketching the Lamb Tavern pub and after the lunchtime sketchbook sharing, I ventured outside.
Leadenhall Market sits alongside some of the City’s modern skyscrapers, including the iconic Lloyds of London building. I couldn’t get too close the the Lloyds building because the Pokemon movie was being filmed that day but I did manage to find one spot where there was a partial view of it and got a sketch done before we all met up at the end of the day to share the rest of our sketches.
You can find work from other sketchers and more photos on the London Urban Sketchers Blog.
This week, as March comes to an end we’re coming to the end of a month of botanical drawings in the 365 Days to a Portfolio challenge. There’s one more drawing to go but today’s prompt was ‘garden map’.
This was the first illustrated map that I’ve made and I chose to create a map of Postman’s Park, which is a small park/garden in the City of London. It was a challenge because it involved creating lots of individual drawings and hand lettering, and then assembling them in Photoshop. But it was fun and something that I might do again.
I’ve also created a second version of this map, which I’ve submitted to They Draw and Travel. You can also see that version on my portfolio page.
A couple of weeks ago I went on my first Urban Sketching event. Pete Scully organised a sketchcrawl through the City of London starting at St Paul’s Cathedral and ending at Monument, with our aim more “Urban Sketching: Wren’s London”
This Christmas we had some family visit us for the day and we cooked a roast turkey dinner for everyone. When everyone had gone home in the early evening we went for a walk to enjoy the City at one of its quietest times of the year.
I still struggle a bit taking night time photos without a tripod but in spite of the graininess, these 5 came out OK and document a little bit of our walk.
I hope you have had (and are possibly still having) a happy, restful and peaceful festive season, however you celebrate it.