This month I got “back to life” at P.O.S.E.R.S. Its interesting to compare these life drawings with the pencil ones I did a few years back. Here I’m bringing my urban sketching to the life class: drawing with a Fude pen with more gesture and less measurement. Then I was trying to reproduce the process I had been taught at school.
There are fewer paintings and more ink drawings, though I did manage to do a portrait of Count Basie!
The Big Sit use silent meditation in prominent locations as a form of protest that draws attention to our culture of consumption that is destroying life preserving systems on our home planet. People meditating sit still long enough to be drawn. I went along with to sketch them.
Extinction Rebellion Cambridge have a campaign to reveal the close ties between the University of Cambridge and Schlumberger oilfield services and, ultimately, to get the University to sever those ties as they agreed to divest of fossil fuel investments.
Back in February 2022 the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill wasn’t yet a certainty. Extinction Rebellion organized a march in opposition to a law attempts to silence the voice of protesters by eroding the democratic right to protest.
My sketches from the Rise and rebel march will be published in a book this summer. Urban Sketchers London have created the book, London by Urban Sketchers, as part of their ten-year anniversary celebrations. The idea is to show the capital one drawing at a time. I’m delighted they have chosen two of my protest reportage pictures to include in their book.
This month I had a small sketchbook in my pocket. You can see all the black, white and grey small sketches. Also I spent a week in Wales (see all the sheep) and went to the Extinction Rebellion protests in London and captured them with iconic London buildings behind.