Back in April I was very pleased to meet up with another 3 OCA students for some sketching, at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Sketching in public is a scary thing, and something I’ve only rarely done, but this was so worthwhile. For a start, it was lovely to be out with the other students, finding out about their experiences. St Giles was a brilliant venue for sketching – beautiful surroundings, peaceful, lots of subject matter, and i soon lost most of my self-consciousness. And of course, chairs to sit on. Ideal!
However, I’d not been doing much sketching so my first attempt was tentative, slow and stunted – using a pen I sketched a column and arch, then used a waterpen and watercolour pencil for some shading. Not a great start:
The next was better – or at least easier – I found a figure in a stained glass window and drew him – I’m generally much better at this kind of thing (apart from that terrible right hand!), but then it is easier because it’s flat – the original artist had done all the hard work! Made me feel better though!
At lunch I got to see the others’ work – all wonderful, really inspirational, although they also had very kind words for my work too. I was inspired to work more loosely, and after lunch found a statue of John Knox to work from – much better this time although only a quick sketch:
Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the rest of the day, but really enjoyed this exercise. I only wish I had time to do more!