Around 30 people turned up on Saturday for the 4th Sheffield SketchCrawl: some old hands, several brand new faces. The Sheffield Telegraph article brought at least a couple more closet-sketchers out of the woodwork (thanks David!).
We drew in 3 venues this time. Above is my quick rendition of the coffee stall in the foyer of the library where we met.
Somehow I couldn't find a long view to settle on, so I drew a detail of the old fittings from the 1930s:
But I still felt rather stiff, so I got out a fat, 6B graphite stick and warmed up on my usual fave: drawing people. There were plenty to go at in the reference library reading room:
At lunchtime, we crossed the road to the Winter Gardens (where we drew on our first ever SketchCrawl).
I'd reserved a load of tables in the window at Zooby's (thanks Wendy for shooting over in advance and reminding them!) and we rather took over the cafe.
It was perfect: it's very hard to find places where an indeterminate number of people, anything from 10 - 30, can arrive and eat together, especially on a Saturday lunchtime.
When we'd finished tucking into the excellent sandwiches they do at Zooby's, we of course set to, drawing each other:
St Marie's, the Catholic cathedral we visited in the afternoon, was a bit dark, but we still managed pretty well. It was so quiet, we crept around, speaking in whispers, but most of the time we were the only ones there.
The stained glass windows were beautiful. I had a crack at one, but got a bit frustrated that the colour intensity was impossible to achieve, and wished I'd brought a pen for the black lead.
Standing at the railing of a little side balcony, doing battling with my window painting whilst trying to juggle palette, brushes, conte stick and A5 book, standing up, I very nearly dropped my sketchbook over the upstairs railing - what an echoing crash that would have made!
Just about everyone drew this big, carved angel at some point:
The church seemed warm when we first arrived, but we started to feel cold as time went on. When we got so chilly that our fingers were getting stiff, we snuck down the road to the Crucible Corner bar. We had to move the furniture around, because so many sketchers stayed the course.
It was, as usual, absolutely fascinating passing round the sketchbooks to see how various people had tackled the same venues.
As usual, I will post more photos and other folks' sketches in the Picture Gallery as they come in. In the meatime, I have just posted the photos from the recent SketchJam at The Grapes.
If you would like to join us the next time we go out, do email me and I'll put you on my mailing list. If you have a venue that you think would be good, do please let me know!
In the meantime, if you want to hear more about how I draw, take a look at one of my short videos, or take a peek inside some of my other sketchbooks, such as those from my travels, to countries like China, Namibia, Vietnam, Australia and various other places all over Europe.