27 January

Today’s sketches are film stars although you may not recognise them all. I was drawing with pen so if I didn’t get it right first time there is no way to correct it. My wife recognised them all so maybe they aren’t so bad.

26 January

One of the Poole artists suggested I correct yesterday’s portrait by adding pencil and pen so I gave it a try, still not 100% but I think it’s an improvement over the original. Thank you for the suggestion Norma. I also tried a pencil sketch but I think I should have used smooth paper.

24 January

Bournemouth and Poole urban sketchers virtual subject for today’s sketch day is objects from the kitchen. I didn’t want to do a still life so I decided to do a corner of the kitchen instead. It turned out to be an interesting exercise in perspective!

22 January

Walking back from the beach with the dogs this morning I kept pace with the recycling operatives (bin men). I asked one how far he walked in a week, the length of two marathons was the answer, 50 to 60 miles. All in a days work for these guys who have kept working for us all through every lockdown.

20 January

A portrait of Emmet drawn with Nitram charcoal on a cartridge paper sketch book. I don’t think this is the best surface for charcoal as it fills up the texture quickly. I think I need to try paper with a little more tooth, perhaps some light coloured pastel paper would work better.

19 January

Poole and East Dorset Art Society are setting regular challenges for members. This one was to create a picture of beakfast items. The tutorial used pastel and watercolour but I chose to sketch this morning’s breakfast in pen and wash.