Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Miss Jones' residence

A very busy Borough Market was the venue for a recent London Urban Sketchers outing.   I arrived late so wanted to get started quickly and noticed this lovely little building, the Globe Tavern, dwarfed by the steelwork and railway bridges.  I didn’t know at the time but the flat above the pub was used as one of the locations in the film ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’.

In the afternoon, after sampling some of the delicious food the market has to offer, I chose to draw inside the main market building.  I found the structure is so complicated to draw, with sections added here and there as the market expanded.  It was really enjoyable though and I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Extra sketchcrawl: around Liberty's

James Hobbs, Piccadilly
The Borough Market gathering may just have passed, but we have an extra sketchcrawl this month, which takes place on Saturday 14 November leaving from Timberyard Soho, the cafe where the exhibition of drawings by 24 urban sketchers went on display last week.

We are meeting at the cafe, which is at 4 Noel Street, London W1F 8GB, map and details here, at 11am. We are planning to end back at the cafe at 2pm, which means a slightly shorter event than usual, but there's no need to stop if you want to go on.

On the way we will stop to draw in or around
• Liberty department store
• London Palladium
• Regent Street and Oxford Circus
• BBC Broadcasting House
We can warm up and see what we've all done back in the comfort of Timberyard at around 2pm.
Haven't been before? Don't worry. Come and say hello. It's very relaxed. Just bring your own drawing equipment.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Buildings under Urban Regeneration

Just lately I have been documenting places that are under threat, or in the procedure of redevelopment. Over the last few weeks I have sketched at two locations in London that are going through this process Battersea Park Power Station located at the South bank of the river Thames, Nine Elms and the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, South East London.  

The Battersea Power station was built in the 30’s and has been inactive since the early 80’s. It was also on the front cover of Pink Floyd’s Animal album. When I was in my late teens I frequently used the train line that passed Battersea Power Station and it was always an iconic landmark for me as the train approached London.I sketched the power station from across the river.I thought that drawing with torn Paper was an appropriate medium to capture the regeneration-taking place.  

The notorious Aylesbury housing estate is the largest in London built between 1963 and 1977 and accommodates about 7600 people. Protests are taking place to save the estate. Residents are being moved off the estate, block by block, re-homed and split up all over the country.

I have used torn paper again in the sketch below, representing its looming future. I couldn’t believe the size of the estate. My sketches don’t quite capture its scale. I was captivated by the walkways leading up to the floors. I liked the cylindrical structure of this one. An interesting thought provoking location.

I have been documenting a forgotten place that has been subject to planning for many years in Norwich. If you want to see more… here is a link to my blog.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A very successful Private View!

Here are the tweets about last night's private view of the Urban Sketchers London Exhibition at Timberyard Soho.

There was lots of scope to get up close to the pics.

Lots of opportunity to talk with fellow sketchers and those admiring the exhibition

and as it got to nine o'clock and the crowds began to go home we could see the artwork better from across the room

and this morning we're getting new tweets about the artwork

This was the Hanging Team who did a sterling job getting the exhibition hung last Saturday. I just wandered around sticking the labels up! ;)

Nathan, James, Jo, Evelyn and Olya - in front of the exhibition
...and this is the exhibition under artificial light at the end of the private view last night

The exhibition - after the Private View on Tuesday 2nd November 2015

So... I guess we'll see you all the next sketchcrawls?


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Let's Draw - Borough Market - 7th November 2015

Borough Market by Lis Watkins
No one will go hungry at this month's gathering as we are meeting at one of London's most tasty markets - Borough Market - a dream for the foodies amongst us.There is multitude of produce/stalls/architecture/tasty morsels to sketch so your inspiration should rejoice.
See their intearctive map to plan your day.

The sketching day plan is as follows:

Start Meeting 11:30 On Stoney Street See map link here for exact location, just off Southwark St
To get there, nearest tube is London Bridge or see the market's page

Lunch time 1:30 pm at the Market itself under cover opposite Park Street

In the afternoon we suggest:
Continue to draw the market or you can explore the surrounding streets or the riverside between Southwark and London bridges.

The end - meet again at the entrance to the market under the railway bridge at 4pm to share our sketches and then from 4:30pm at the Wheatsheaf

Thanks to Lis Watkins for letting us use her sketches for our image this month!

Borough Market by Lis Watkins


Monday, 26 October 2015

Drawn of the Dead

One thing I enjoy is drawing movie locations - the more obscure the better. Of course in London there's plenty to discover. I'm also a big fan of Simon Pegg, so with Halloween on the way, I thought it would be a good time to finally sketch some locations from seminal Zom-Com ("zombie comedy") Shaun of the Dead.
When I moved into the Haringay area 10 months ago, I was excited to learn that a lot of the Shaun movie was shot near where I now live. The one that grabbed my attention was Shaun's house itself, a few streets away from Crouch End Broadway. The street features in two great identical long takes of Shaun walking from his house to the shop and back, the first time when things are normal, the second when the zombie outbreak has begun.

there's a different gate now...

There were no zombies in sight when I started sketching, but I did feel a bit odd to be drawing a purely residential view with no obvious landmark or attraction - still, no one looked twice at what I was doing. It started raining by the end, but I persevered under an umbrella.

The most well known location of the movie is The Winchester, which in actual fact was filmed down in South London, in New Cross, coincidentally near where I previously used to live. However, I was intrigued to discover the real Winchester pub on Archway Road, less than 5 minutes from my current house. Although no filming was done here, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost used to be regulars and it was here the idea for the film was born.

Built in 1881, I especially love the original iron scrollwork above the door. The pub's been closed for a few years now it seems, but lately there's been signs of its ...ha ha ha ..sorry, zombie joke. Anyway, yes, over the summer, there was some concerted building work going on with the 'luxury' flats above, the brickwork was all cleaned, and the pub was given a brand new paintjob. While I was there sketching, I could see some activity inside, suggesting it's grand re-opening is imminent. I'll probably pop in for a pint to see what it's like, although no doubt the days of Frost and Pegg drinking in the corner are long gone...

Sunday, 25 October 2015

2015 London Urban Sketchers Exhibition at Timberyard Soho

The Urban Sketchers in London Group are holding their fourth annual exhibition at the brand new Soho branch of Timberyard - which opens on 2nd November.

Some of the original sketches are for sale. Others will be available as prints.

We hope to see you at the Private Event (see below) and hope you enjoy the exhibition. 

From Blackfriars Bridge by James Hobbs

Urban Sketchers Exhibition

WHEN: Monday 2nd November - 30th April 2016
WHERE: Timberyard Soho
AT: 4 Noel Street, London W1F 8GB
OPEN: Monday to Friday - 8am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
@timberyarduk, @urbsketchlondon

The exhibition is free to view.

This is the announcement about the exhibition on the Timberyard website.

We'll be posting photos on this blog of both the exhibition and Private View on 3rd November.

We're running a number of events associated with the Exhibition.

London Creatives - Private View of Launch Exhibitions

You are invited to the Private View of the London Creatives participating in the launch of the new branch - London Creatives Private View Meet-up: Drinks with the artists

WHERE: Timberyard Soho 4 Noel Street, London W1F 8GB
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
TIME: 6.00pm - 9:00pm
Facebook Event Page
London Creatives is a project that celebrates the colourful talents of our city’s emerging artists, start-ups and early stage businesses. Join us for an evening of exciting art, colourful people and Spanish wine plus the chance to meet the artists exhibiting at this the first TY Soho exhibition.
Returning to the walls of Timberyard for this six-month exhibition of works by the city’s branch of the international drawing phenomenon that is Urban Sketchers. The exhibition includes a broad range of works of London scenes from the members’ sketchbooks – and some of the works are on sale.


James Hobbs, author of Sketch Your World - is leading an extra sketchcrawl linked to the exhibition - Liberty's (Great Marlborough Street) to the BBC (Langham Place) - and afterwards at Timberyard Soho on Saturday 14th November

Also listed here on the Timberyard website

Book Event

On Wednesday 25th November London Urban Sketchers are holding a Book signing: Katherine Tyrrell, Isabel Carmona and James Hobbs, 7-8.30pm at the exhibition.

You can meet Katherine, James and Isobel to discuss the world of urban sketching alongside Timberyard’s exhibition of drawings by London Urban Sketchers - and they'll also be happy to sign copies of their books for you.

The books about sketching available at the event will be:
  • Sketching 365 by Katherine Tyrrell, author of popular art blog Making A Mark
  • Sketch your World and Dream, Draw, Design Your Garden by artist, author, freelance journalist, urban sketcher James Hobbs
  • Brighton West Pier and More, 1995-2008 by Isobel Carmona  

PLUS the new books about sketching by leading Urban Sketchers

Selected Artists and Sketches

This is the list of sketchers and works selected for the exhibition. The sketches are a mix of ones done on our regular monthly sketchcrawls and those sketched while people have been out and about London.

Links in the names below are to the websites or blogs of the sketchers.  Do please take a look at their other work.
  • Sangeeta Bhagawati - Panoramic view from the roof terrace of One New Change
  • Elizabeth Blunt - The Salisbury, Green Lanes, Harringay
  • Nathan Brenville - Waterlow Park, Highgate
  • Julie Bolus - Bookstore Charing Cross Road, London ( any amount of Books)
  • Isabel Carmona - South Kensington
  • Jo Dungey - At the Chelsea Physic Garden
  • Katy Evans - Blue Pagoda (Kew Gardens)
  • James Hobbs - from Blackfriars Bridge
  • Isabelle Laliberte - British Museum Great Court
  • Daniel Lloyd-Morgan - One New Change/St Paul's - people sketching
  • Choon Low - St Paul's Cathedral
  • Dolores Kitchener - corner of Flask Walk
  • Tom Ledger - March against Austerity, Bank
  • Paulina Little - St James’s Park, London on VE Day, Hawker Hurricane Mark II
  • Simone Menken - South Ken Cafe Culture
  • Olya Osipova - Cheyne Walk, Chelsea
  • Simon Privett - (1) Flask Walk and (2) Admiralty Arch
  • Nick Richards - Bow Church
  • Evelyn Rowland - Albert Bridge
  • Sue Smith - The Flask, Hampstead
  • John Swanson - King William's Temple, Kew Gardens
  • Marissa Lee Swinghammer - Trafalgar Square
  • Katherine Tyrrell - The Paragon, Blackheath
  • Tony Underhill - St Paul's Dome From The Roof Terrace, One New Change
Marissa Lee Swinghammer - sketching Trafalgar square in August

We very much enjoy exhibiting with Timberyard as the owner is very enthusiastic about linking up to creative people - not least because the different branches are all frequented by very creative people!