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Italian Sketchbook

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Florence. The trip was a wonderful birthday present from my husband. What’s more, because he knows I love to draw and because I have CRPS which means I use crutches and can’t walk very far, he booked a hotel with roof terraces and the most amazing views over Florence. He also sweet talked the staff and got us a room with a view too! And he booked a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia for the morning of my birthday so that I could see Michelangelo’s David.

 

 

So, although I’m not really an urban sketcher, I was able to do some genuine urban sketching over the course of the week and I got some wonderful art viewing in too, seeing some awe-inspiring Michelangelo’s, Botticelli’s and Giotto’s, amongst others at the Accademia.

Florence 2

Florence 3

We also ended up with a couple of days in Pisa after our flight home was delayed by 24 hours due to a strike in Italy, so I got to draw the Leaning Tower too!

 

All of these were drawn in a hand•book sketchbook with a variety of media including Micron and Unipin pens, Zecchi and Greenleaf & Blueberry watercolours, Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth colouring pencils, a Signo uniball white gel pen, a dip pen and ink and various tickets and papers.


David Tennant

Today’s face: David Tennant. This is another page from my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2018 and the theme “people I wish I knew”. My book is now almost complete, just a few more pages left to fill!

Drawn in a Sketchbook Project sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen, Copic markers and Posca pens.


Sofia

sofia

Today’s face is Sofia Coppola and this is another page from my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2018. Drawn with a Micron 01 pen, Copic markers and Posca pens.


Arundhati Roy

Today's portrait is my 9th page in my Sketchbook Project 2018 sketchbook. It's a portrait of writer and human rights and environmental campaigner Arundhati Roy, whose second book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has just been published. Her first book, The God of Small Things, is undoubtedly one of the best books I've ever read and I've had to wait a whole 20 years for another and I'm still waiting to read this one. Hardbacks hurt my arthritic wrists too much to hold and I want to read it in real book form so I'm resisting the kindle edition and holding out for paperback, but I might give in and buy the ebook and the paperback because I'm really not sure I can wait much longer…

Drawn in a The Sketchbook Project sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen, Copic markers and Posca pens.


Yuko Shimizu

Today's face is the illustrator Yuko Shimizu. This is another page from my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2018. Drawn with a Micron 05 pen, Copic markers and a black Posca pen.


Ian McKellen

Today's face: Ian McKellen. This is another page in my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2018. Ian McKellen is one of my favourite actors: how I'd love to have dinner with him and listen to his stories of making Lord of the Rings, playing King Lear, rabble rousing with Patrick Stewart, protesting against Trump, making George Ezra's Listen to the Man video, and so much more…. It would have to be lots of dinners! Drawn in a The Sketchbook Project Sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen, Copic markers and a white Posca pen.


Kirsty

Today's face: Kirsty. This is the third page in my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project on the theme "people I wish I knew". Drawn in a The Sketchbook Project sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and Copic markers.