Yesterday I was drawing birds in the galleries of the Natural History Museum in London. Once again, I had prepared pages of my sketchbook, this time with acrylic gesso and watercolour. The birds are drawn in coloured pencil, with no attempt at realism or scale. Here is an imaginary Bird World.
These two drawings were done in Dulwich Park, near my home. Before setting out, I prepared the pages with diluted Indian ink, acrylic gesso and watercolour. Then I drew in pencil onto this ground, from observation at a couple of different locations in the park.
The second drawing also includes some text. I had been on a birdwatching walk in the park a few days earlier, and I included the list of birds we had seen in the park.
With my tree identification group, I have drawn leaves, pinecones, seedpods – but in winter sometimes these are not available. So today we met in Peckham Rye Park to investigate how to identify trees from the pattern of their bark. We also did some rubbings, using wax crayon on paper. Later, at home, I added some watercolour washes. I liked the patterns, so here are some images:
From top to bottom, left to right: Oak, Turkish Hazel, Japanese Cherry, Copper Beech, Dawn Redwood.
Recently, I have been experimenting with a new, mixed media approach to my drawing. Using a concertina sketchbook, I first prepare backgrounds with ink or watercolour, collage, and acrylic gesso. Then, on location, I add drawing, and I have been experimenting with different pens and pencils. Here are some examples, drawn in Dulwich Park, at the British Museum, at Kew Gardens, and on a recent meet-up of Urban Sketchers London, at the Barbican.