Carrots and Chickens #AtoZchallenge

I know.. There was a day when a giant rabbit and it’s carrot decided to take a look at what I was sketching. Whilst I was unable to get the rabbit into my picture I did manage to capture it’s carrot quickly as the giant rabbit hopped away.

Bench View No44

Some of you who know more about football than me will be aware that Peterborough’s football team has a giant rabbit as their mascot and one day their path around town and mine collided. Whilst it was a giant carrot it’s not immediately obvious in the sketch.

A chicken

Ok, that explains the carrot now what about the chickens. I love sketching chickens and am hoping, one day, for there to be a bench next to the chickens in Peterborough at the Green Back Yard. For now I take my portable chair and enjoy nothing more than watching them and sketching them or an amalgam of them as they’re not brilliant at posing.

chicken be

I would have liked my C to be about the Cathedral and to show you some sketches I’ve done of it.  The thing is that for some strange reason which I don’t understand,  there are very few benches you can see the cathedral from which seems very odd to me given the number of benches Peterborough has. There are a few in the cloisters but most of those aren’t facing the cathedral. A couple of the benches in Cathedral square have ends where you can sit and face the cathedral but they’re not as comfortable to sit on and I’ve not yet sat and drawn from there.  I might do one of those for my hundredth and post it later or I might not.. For now, here’s another chicken.

Cautious Chicken

That’s what I love about AtoZ and sketching. We go with the flow and never know what’s coming next. Like today, I could have headed towards Cathedrals, Cats or Crayons or, I guess, numerous other directions. I wonder what your C’s are today.

Chicken Debonair

My AtoZ Blogging Challenge is all about sketches I’ve done this past year and some benches I’ve met along the way. Most but not all of the sketches were done from benches during my walk to work and around town where I shop. Todays chickens were sketched on location.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post why not see what others are doing too during 2015 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.


20 thoughts on “Carrots and Chickens #AtoZchallenge

    • Thanks Lyle. My work is often likened to a particular children’s illustrator which I’m pretty happy with since I love his work. I might need to write and illustrate some children’s books.

    • Thanks Catherine. I’ve been a bit behind on my posts, nearly caught up and plan to take a proper look around on everyone’s later today and tomorrow. I will be sketching the cathedral soon.

    • We managed to get to C before the master who is Quentin was mentioned. I love his work and am always amazed and very pleased when my sketches get likened to his.
      Thanks, I’ll take my sketches being reminiscent of Quentin’s work any day. He’s such an amazing artist.

  1. I love the loose style of sketching here. I’m too particular over my pencil or pen to get those kinds of effects. I’d spend 15 minutes on one of those chicken sketches, trying to get it right. It’s why I switched to photography!

    • Thanks Alex.
      People have described watching me sketch being like I have my own language of writing. It’s come from years of sketching and knowing what I like and how I like to be when I sketch. If I start thinking about it too much I may as well give up. What is ‘right’?
      I agree, if you want more of a likeness take a photograph, what I want to capture when I sketch is an essence.

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