New prints

I often like working on a few prints at a time. I appear to worry less and not get too bogged down if they don’t work out as anticipated. Here’s a linocut of a view towards the Empire State building. When I visited New York, I did a few sketches at the top of the Rock. I really enjoyed the view and watching people looking out at the Manhattan skyline. I particularly liked it here as there weren’t so many people and I had room to sketch (unlike the Empire State Building!).

The print (below) is based on drawings I made in Camden (walking towards primrose hill). I had to feature the friendly blackbird who kept me company whilst I was sketching.

Camden

I spent a few hours drawing around Camden. Really enjoyed returning to the area. My sister lived nearby a good few years ago and I always enjoyed visiting. It wasn’t as busy as it gets during the weekends so ideal for wandering and sketching.

I plugged in my earphones, sketched around Camden and walked towards Primrose Hill. I sat by the canal and took out my pens. A couple of Canada geese thought it was lunch time. I felt bad to disappoint them. However I did incorporate them into the scene.

The houses and trees lining the canal were good to draw and passing traffic.

It was a slightly awkward spot to sketch so I was happy to discover a bench nearby. I did a few drawings of the barge in front of me and included a friendly black bird.

I even ended up chatting with the owners. Light faded and it was getting cold. Time to move on.

Trafalgar Square

Back in London. This time I spent more time around Trafalgar Square. It’s getting cold sketching outside so my drawings are getting quicker. Stopped for coffee and visited the National Gallery when it started to get dark.