Barbiers de la ville

À droite de l'endroit où je me trouvais, un nouveau bâtiment de verre, de briques sombres et d'acier a été construit par RMJM architects. Le reste de ma vue est du vieux Glasgow : le hangar de tonte qui est le city barbers avec tous ses souvenirs sportifs, les graffitis et la brique blanche vitrifiée de la façade arrière glaswégienne. J'aime [...]

Viens voler avec moi

Happy New Year Urban Sketchers! This should be a fun and sketchtastic year. To round off 2010 I subjected myself to a couple of ten-hour-plus ordeals called ‘flying across the Atlantic’. I hate flying, I’m not a fan of airports, I hate the stress of ever-decreasing baggage allowances, I hate those little plastic pots of […]

Igreja de Sta Maria do Castelo, Lourinhã

À Lourinhã, cette belle église est presque en dehors de la ville, mais elle était autrefois la ville elle-même. Maintenant, c'est ici que les mariages sont célébrés.

The three horse race

It has been a very modern election – American even – what with the TV debates. The lamp-posters, not allowed until the final week, potentially tell us a lot about the parties: the Lib-Dems do not appear on this lamp-post, perhaps sabotaged? Other sites suggested they had the highest ladders. The Greens have a simple […]

Le Tyne

Le Northumberland se trouve juste à l'intérieur de l'Angleterre et est traversé par l'ancienne frontière romaine d'Hadrien. Nous avons visité Hexham le dimanche - une vieille ville de marché avec des bâtiments traditionnels en brique et un peu de grès - j'ai dessiné ce pub à cause de ses proportions bizarres. Après Hexham, nous sommes allés dans le Toon (Newcastle) où j'ai [...]

Saison du carnaval

I only had 10 minutes or so to sketch, so J. dropped me off opposite the carnival with my journal and a purple pen–I drew FAST. Color was added later, creatively–

lock stock

The pollen count is high, so I’ve been keeping sketching outside to a minimum lately. which is frystrating. So I braved the itchy eyes and cycled down to 3rd Street where I drew the locksmith’s. That’s the key. I was going to call this post ‘Lock Stock and Two Runny Nostrils’ but decided against it. […]


We’re not in Kirkwall 5 hours but I’m awake. I stumble about in my pants trying to find light switches and a glass for water. Eventually I go outside and switch the lights off. I’m a bit disorientated and stand gazing at the distant horizon. After a minute or so I make out an odd […]

La source de l'odeur

The west side of Edinburgh always has a thick, hoppy smell about it and the source is only a mile from my house – Caledonian Brewery. When I was a kid we used to drive to my Gran’s and the smell would lie thick in my nostrils as we hit the city limits. I now […]

Advocates Close

The north-facing closes (lanes) that hang off the High Street frame their views beautifully. In the centre-distance, you can even see another county across the water. And so why Edinburgh is a very appealing place to be.