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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.

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Phillip

Today’s face: Phillip, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and Copic markers.


Ale

Today’s face: Ale, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Becky

Today’s face: Becky, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and Zecchi watercolours.


María

Today’s face: María, inspired by Sktchy. I love drawing faces with freckles and I had huge fun with María’s hair – can you tell?

Drawn in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and Copic markers.


Ania

Today’s face: Ania, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Vibes

Today’s face: Vibes, inspired by Sktchy. While I was in Florence I visited the wonderful Zecchi art shop, located just around the corner from the Duomo. Behind the counter in the shop are shelves and shelves of glass jars filled with artist pigments and, since it was my birthday while we were away, my husband bought me a set of Zecchi’s watercolours which are honey based and hand made with these pigments. The colours were perfect for painting the Florentine city and landscapes but they are also well suited to portraits, with a good range of reds, yellows, blues and browns.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.