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Sketching in Manchester, #5

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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The last couple of drawings from Manchester!
The urban sketchers symposiums are always good fun and super informative. Where else will you find workshops to get on with the next level of your drawing habit, or listen to lectures all about drawing and different takes on it? Plus you get to see demos of how people do their sketches, you get to peak into sketchbooks, dig into pen cases, try out interesting drawing tools, and learn all the magic tricks of your drawing heroes.

I went to a lecture where Ed Mostly, who talked about the “history of urban sketching” through vintage books about drawing. Very interesting and amusing. And he told us all to draw while he was talking, so I did.

I also took a workshop with Don Low, one of my biggest people drawing heroes. I do draw people, but it is a bit out of my comfort zone, and it is so good to try out someone else´s take on it. Humans are the toughest subject to draw from life, they always move about and have difficult proportions and put their limbs in strange angles all the time, just to make life complicated for a sketcher.

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Don talked about proportions (nothing really new there, maybe, but he is a lot more thorough than the regular life drawing teacher – such as myself…), and then gave us some quick exercises to do, forcing us to draw each other in different ways in a very short time. Then this, where suddenly I felt completely calm and sure of what I was doing, capturing both people and furniture and whatnot, in ten minutes. I should keep practicing this at least once a day! But do I have time for that? Do I do it? No.

If you´re ever in Manchester, don´t miss the Museum of Science and Industry! I only had time to see their collection of aircrafts, but that alone was well worth the visit. I like drawing things that I don´t really “get”, that I don´t feel  comfortable drawing. Especielly if I get to do it together with others. Spent a few hours here with Lapin and Vincent Desplanche, among others. Great fun!

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And so, the last sketch that I am going to post from Manchester. A quick one on Oxford road. I loved this green and cream coloured building, it has so much character!

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Top drawing: 19 x 18 cm, second: 19 x 14 cm, third: 19 x 25 cm, bottom: 19 x 13 cm. All drawn with fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis ink and watercolours, except no. 3, which was drawn with various ink pens and watercolours. All on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Sketching in Manchester, #4 – Castlefield

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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Drawing under the bridges of Castlefield, Manchester, was amazing. I love the perspectives and size of this place, and all the details! The care that was put into building this back in the day! The brick work, the cast iron details, bolts en masse… Wow. Just wow.

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Top drawing: 19 x 15 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis document ink and watercolours,  bottom: 19,5 x 28,5 cm, UniPin fineliner and watercolours, both on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Sketching in Manchester, #3

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Being an instructor at an Urban sketchers symposium is great fun. The only drawback (!) is that you actually have less time to go sketching than you´d want to, since the workshop preparations take quite a bit of time. So some mornings I get myself up early to join the morning sketching crowd, which basically consists of instructors who feel the same itching drawing urge as I do.

Now, I am not at my best early in the morning, which is why it´s completely lovely when you find a bench in the sun by the Rochdale canal, and you get to sit there drawing Margo for an hour or so.

This is probably the biggest sketchbook drawing I´ve ever made. I have an A4 sketchbook at the moment, and this is the first time I drew across a whole spread. Liberating and just a little bit scary.

41 x 29 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook spread.

Sketching in Manchester, #2

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

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On the 26th of August, I joined a sketchwalk through the Northern quarter in Manchester, with Andrea Joseph and David Lowther. So much fun to walk through new (to me) streets and take in the views together with a bunch of other sketchers! A few of us stopped at this place, the backside of Hatter´s hostel. Such a cool building, but I did have a real struggle with that staircase…

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Then on to the Smith´s Arms pub, which is/was apparently one of Manchester´s oldest pubs, about to be demolished in the name of development. Lots of apartment buildings and condos are coming up in this area, and an old pub obviously isn´t worth preserving. A pity, I always like when each period of time is allowed to leave it´s layers on a city.

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In the evening, our group met up with lots of other sketchers at the Dukes 92 by the Rochdale canal. It is a special thing to see a hundred or so sketchers in a pub – all the other guests are laughing and talking. Sketchers are concentrating.

Top and middle drawing: 19 x 18,5 cm, bottom: 18 x 10 cm, fude nib fountain pen with DeAtramentis document ink, and watercolours, on Stillman & Birn alpha series sketchbook pages.

Manchester

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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After Hastings, me and M took a train to Manchester and took a good look at the city for a few days. We loved it! Manchester is such a beautiful and interesting city, and the mix of old and new everywhere really blew us away.

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When M headed home, I stayed on for the Urban sketchers symposium. On the 25th, I hooked up with old sketching friends and headed out drawing. Among other things, we stopped by at John Rylands library, which was to be both mine and Liz Steel´s workshop location for the symposium. Great to get a first look at this place. Such a crazy building (in a good way!) – beautiful, and so intricate, but much younger than you´d think from looking at it, and so unlike everything else built during the same period (around 1900).

Top drawing: 17 x 16 cm, bottom: 19,5 x 16 cm, fude nib fountain pen with De Atramentis document ink, and watercolours, in Stillman & Birn A4 alpha series sketchbook.

Workshops, traveling and such

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

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It´s been a long hiatus on the blog, due to traveling, vacationing and giving a workshop (and generally having a great time) at the Urban sketchers symposium in Manchester this summer. Scanning is underway, and posts will appear soon, with drawings, workshop images and new sketchbook work. Meanwhile, I hope you do follow my instagram, @nina_sketching!

Image: handouts for my USk symposium workshop. Stay tuned for more on that!


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