Our last session was a discussion about using sketchbooks: in what setting, what size, what paper, with what medium. Our tutor, Sophie, brought along some of her completed and ongoing sketchbooks, ranging from a little brown paper book from Paperchase, through a lovely concertina sketchbook from Cass Art, to a beautifully bound sketchbook, made with Khadi hand-made paper. I was particularly interested in the concertina book, due to the possibilities of having pockets for insertions between the double sided pages.
After all that inspiration, we were off “en plain air” to put our sketching skills in to practise. The Mary Ward Centre has a lovely rooftop garden, which is not used by many of the students. There are several different vistas from the roof, but I was interested the juxtaposition of a dome, some cranes and a modern block of flats. The sky was very dull and overcast, so I am glad that I had started with a coloured ground to get some contrast in to the drawing.
Not bad, even although I misjudged the size of the top of the dome, and so lost the topmost decoration. Now Ineed to find the discipline to keep going over the summer holidays.