A is for Aisle #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to my seventh AtoZ blogging challenge. Each year I like to provide my own illustrations. This year is no different. I’ve not got them all completed yet and I’m struggling to choose what I illustrate and what I put into this first one.

Peterborough Cathedral is a working, living place of worship and mission. I try to stay as unobserved as possible when sketching and manage to get lots of people walking past me which I love. It’s not the same when I take a picture for reference if I want to finish the illustration later. People try to move out of the way when you take a photograph or not get in your way.

When I sketch life, I like to include people as they are interacting with the building naturally. I want people in my pictures, that’s the point of what I do. I illustrate what’s in front of me as I sit, whatever that is. I’m much happier illustrating what I see than taking a photograph. My style’s quick, rough and ready.

As we start the month I have no idea if I’ll talk about any of the illustrations/sketches as we go through the alphabet. I’m not planning to explain any of the Cathedral but I might give snippets of my experience as I draw.

A’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Abbey; Arthur; Aragon; Andrew; Aisles; Arches; Archbishop; Angel playing coronet; Almoners; Abbot; Architecture; Abseil; Alwalton marble; Alabaster and Agnes.


Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this AtoZ Blogging challenge.