I was asked to participate in creating some postcards for a big draw event in Peterborough. Always happy to draw regardless of ability I tried to encourage as many people as I could to also take part. I got a little carried away and probably created about 20 postcards, some of which apparently did get hung up on the washing line.. No, I’m not going to explain here.
Anyhow, I said if they could find me a bench I’d draw on the day. I had expected to capture people pegging up postcards but instead I sat on the benches I could find nearby which were picnic benches and I sketched the comings and goings related to the event, rather than the event itself, though you might be able to see some postcard like items in one of the drawings.
I did love the location though. Sat in between three different train lines was quite a thrill for someone with a passion for rail.
There were many more people in this scene than I captured. The tree and the umbrella caught my attention oh and the train that went by as the speeches were being given. I think I prefer it when there’s lots of people passing me as they all merge into each other and I get more of an essence of who passes. This one’s a bit of an odd one. It was the third one I did this day which turned into a day when I did seven sketches..
This picture is of one of the willow arches in the Green Back Yard. I think I need to spend more time when drawing foliage than I do when I sketch from a bench. I seem to be able to do buildings and people passing quicker and, in my view, better, than I do when I sketch foliage.
The fifth sketch done on the same day while I was sitting waiting for the Zombie walk to pass. Although there are police and cyclists in this one, it’s by no way a political statement. They both went past me during the thirty mins it usually takes me to pencil sketch. I try to not be too selective but I do make composites. These sketches aren’t one moment in time. They’re part of one day but not one moment.
These were all drawn on 1 November 2014 in and around Peterborough England. I did enjoy that day.