I spent this past weekend with my family back in Yorkshire. On Monday we went for a short walk through the park where Wentworth Woodhouse sits, which is very close to where I grew up. The house used to be owned by the local authority but has been privately owned for some time now.
The current owners have opened up parts of the house and gardens to the public and run guided tours. For as long as I can remember though, there have been public footpaths through the parkland, which goes on for miles.
These photos show the tiniest fraction of what’s there because we didn’t walk very far at all. It was still nice to get some fresh air though, even if the cows seemed a bit close for comfort!
This is one of my homeworks from Mattias Adolfsson‘s Sketchbook Skool Klass last week. Mattias draw some amazingly detailed and funny imaginary worlds so I was really excited about his klass.
This was the first of two homeworks (I’m still working on the second one!) and the task was to draw a memory, preferably a memory of our first day at school. This is one of my memories of my first day in infant school when I was 4.
My teacher had put name cards on the tables so everyone knew where to sit and I was very disappointed because she’d misspelt my name – it happens a lot! I did love that teacher though and was very sad when I had to move up to the next class.
I’m still lagging behind very slightly with my Sketchbook Skool homeworks. These drawings are some of my homeworks from Melanie Reim‘s klass. Melanie teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and she does a lot of reportage drawing.
Her style reminds me a little bit of the work of Quentin Blake and Ronald Searle. She manages to tell stories through her drawings of people and encouraged us to try the same thing by going to a park to draw people.
I’m still a little bit self conscious about drawing in public but that feeling’s fading over time. I went to a park really close to where I live because there are always plenty of people coming and going.
Unfortunately, as I sat down to draw a whole crowd of people left the park so I drew other individuals as they came and went.
Drawing people who are moving around a lot is a real challenge for me and it’s definitely something I want to practise and get better at. I think I started to capture some stories in these drawings but maybe I could have gone further if I’d had a bit more patience. Something to work on next time!
The Storytelling klass at Sketchbook Skool started earlier this month and the first homework was to produce an illustrated recipe.
With the start of a new semester I decided to start a new sketchbook. This is a Leuchtturm A5 sketchbook. Unlike the Moleskines that I’ve been using for a while, this one’s not a watercolour sketchbook but it takes the paint quite well and the paper’s very thick which is nice.
Not sure it scanned all that well, what with the shadows on the edge but other than that I like this new sketchbook.