back from outer space

De Veres July 2018
After I got back from Portugal, I had a hectic week (few weeks really) trying to settle back in. Busy work, busy life, jet lag, waking up at 3am every day, and the insatiable urge to just KEEP ON SKETCHING. It’s hard to explain the urge to draw stuff all the time. It’s probably less hard to explain coming back from a place like Porto where everything is a sketch waiting to happen, to Davis, which as we have seen over the past decade or so is worthy of a few sketches itself, but Porto it ain’t. You can only beat the team you’re playing, as they say, and since coming back I have ramped up my sketching of Davis once more after a relatively uninspired and fallow period. I’ve sketched almost everything I’ve wanted to sketch, so it comes down to sketching some of the old favourites just to keep the pen working, so one evening I popped once more to my local pub De Vere’s, always a nice place to hang out, and flexed the old ink muscles. This sort of drawing is about observing lots of detail, tackling interior perspective, and having a nice cold beer while you’re at it (the weather was so hot this summer). What’s more, I drew the pub from the outside a few days before: see below.
De Veres July 2018

And as you can see, I also drew a Davis fire hydrant. These finished off my Seawhite sketchbook so that it was completed in July.
hydrant E & 3rd

Now, I have a few more London sketches (and accompanying stories) to post, and then a bunch of new Davis panoramas I’ve been doing, but in the meantime I think I’m going to go out on this fine Saturday and do some more. I also need to get on setting the dates for the next few Let’s Draw Davis sketchcrawls so stay tuned for those. My recent sketching travels has filled me with a new sketching-energy I want to share.

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5 thoughts on “back from outer space

    • pete scully says:

      I don’t think I have caught up to 2017’s sketching levels yet – last year was very productive for me – but I’m on the way there! I actually keep track of the volume of sketches in a visual chart (in photoshop). My love of stats, see, plus I like to compete with my past self. (I’m going to beat you, 2017 Pete!)

  1. Leonie Andrews says:

    I know how you feel about the level of sketching. Canberra is just over 100 years old so nothing like Porto! Some of our other Porto friends in our usk group are struggling because they see no ‘merit’ in our local architecture. However I am taking the tack that we need to actively get out and find the interest in the local buildings. Our city is undergoing major re-development at present and yet only two or three of us have sketched any of that.

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