Mill Road, June 2021

Another month took me further down Mill Road, over the bridge. I’ll put all these together into one book once I got to the end, but I need to re-photograph some of the May ones first.

Mill Road, May 2021

This month I bought a new, landscape sketchbook and started working my way down Mill Road, starting from the pub called The Brook, which is actually on Brookfields. Here are the first pages.

March 2021 Sketchbook

Here is the March sketchbook

On Size

The #OneWeek100People sketches from March have their own book. My daughter’s school is making a cookbook for which I made illustrations. Those aren’t included here; they have their own post.

Also this month I started Liz Stee’ls Watercolour Course. Most of that is excluded from this book, though the two annotated studies of Scottish hills on page 16-17 are from that.

All in all its a shorter sketchbook than some recent months.

On Quality

My new A4 hard-back sketchbook is slightly too big to fit into the “A4” scanner. The pages would fit but the cover doesn’t which pulls the spine up and makes the pages blur towards the edge. So I have been experimenting with photographing these pages. The results are a bit hit and miss.

February 2021 Sketchbook

This was a cold month, with snow, frost and grey uninteresting skies; lots of violin lessons, knitting, and zoom calls; parked cars and dirty dishes after a meal. I moved away from the yellow pages of the Tallens Art Creation sketchbook to pure white Stillman & Birn paper and, as the sun started to shine, I began to see the world in colour again.

January 2021 Sketchbook

Another massive book this month. With the same old cars, pictures of my daughter doing homework and dirty dishes after a meal. Over and over. Art from home, in Lockdown.

There are a couple of pages from photos: the cover image is from a picture I took in Zambia twelve years ago. And the two trees on pages 50 & 51 are from last autumn. I love how they politely respect one another’s space. The images from pages 27-25 are from that Internet; they’re much less sketchy. I’m pleased with the quality of my draughtsmanship, but I’m really not inspired to draw from the screen. Capturing views from life is much more interesting, even if its just those same three cars again.

December 2020 Sketchbook

Another bumper edition sketchbook this month. And a very personal one. Some exploratory sketches here, stuff I’d consider sub-standard. Lots of personal content: family and Christmas. Variations on the view from my window, it being lockdown: lots of the Mercedes SLK and the Fiat 500 that park on the street outside. And some experiments with my new Duke 551 Fude nib fountain pen that my wife got me for Christmas, together with a bottle of De Attramentis Document Ink in Urban Grey, and a bottle of the associated fluid to dilute the mixture.