One Street, Three Ways and 45 Sketchbooks

My first day of reporting from workshops’ has been divided between 3 instructors all along Queen street.
Mario Linhares is based in front of a row of terraced Edwardian shops from 1908. The approach is my favorite, that of reportage. Mario found a drawing of the same row of houses made in 1989 by Don Donovan, a local illustrator, to underline the importance of drawing as a way of documenting the changes of a city.
On the upper part of Queen street Richard Briggs asked participants to be essential and use a simple line as he does in his beautiful and elegant drawings.
Further down on Queen street, Eleanor Doughty workshop is on how to use calligraphy pens, with bold lines and a simple wash behind.
Three totally different approaches in one morning and on one street!
And of course 45 different interpretations by each participants.
*News and views from Auckland where I am the official sketchers correspondent with @tonymcneight at Urban Sketchers Symposium.



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