Friday, 20 October 2017

Wakefield College, Thornes Park

After running and exercising around the park today, thinking of somewhere to draw, I happened to end up here. I could see the corner of Wakefield College, Thornes Park Campus from the parallel bars and thought it would be interesting. A mix of buildings and trees. My other thought of somewhere to draw today, which I did check out first, was the outside of the greenhouse conservatory but decided against it (too many straight lines).

Do you see how all consuming inktober is becoming?

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Fall Ing Lock
inktober day 19

Making it this far into October without a full day of torrential rain had to happen sooner or later. I drew Fall Ing Lock stood on the bridge under an umbrella. The rain started as drizzle but soon turned into a downpour. Just me, the Ducks and a couple of Swans.

To be honest I didn't finish the sketch at the Lock, sketching in just enough detail so I could finish it off at home. You can see the paper and ink was taking on water. I managed to hide most of the water drop marks by applying a thin ink wash over the drawing. Breaking my self imposed #inktober rule this year of using just ink straight out of a pen.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Down By The Monkey Bars

Gnarly, old, broken tree down by the monkey bars at Thornes Park. The wind has changed the landscape over the past few days, leaves now litter the ground changing the over all colour scheme a shade darker than when I was last here a few days ago.

(Have only just realised that I wrote the day wrong, it's Wednesday).

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Town Hall Clock Tower

Ventured outside, towards Wakefield Town Centre, fearing that this years inktober is degenerating into tree drawings. I found a quiet place to sit and draw the Clock Tower. The space (Crown Court) soon started to fill up with students and workers on their lunch breaks, chattering away about everything and nothing. I buried my head further into my sketchbook and scribbled away.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Sky Smells Of Tobacco

A strange day that definitely affected my Inktober (day 16) drawing plans. Low light levels caused by, I found out later, Sahara dust and Portugal Forest fire smoke dragged into the atmosphere by the tail end of Storm Ophilia. The day seemed to start off misty and got darker from there on. When the sun did break through it was an orange red orb creating a queasy palette for the eyes.

There was a funny smell in the air too, whether this was psychosomatic or someone smoking WW2 grade cigarettes in the adjoining allotment I can't decide.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Blue Bridge, Haw Park Wood

Cycled slightly further afield for todays outside inktober (Day 15) drawing, both sides of a bridge in Haw Park Wood. It's a beautiful day again, dappled sunbeams bouncing through the foliage highlighting dust motes and tiny flying insects in the air. The day could have been directed by Ridley Scott.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

#inktober day 14

Unseasonally warm today in Wakefield. I started off down by The River Calder at Thornes Lane Wharf drawing bits of the warehouses along the waterfront. Then headed back over to The Secret Garden at Thornes Park to sit in the shade and draw a tree.

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Secret Garden

This mornings run around Thornes Park I noticed a stone column where I had not noticed one before. Made a mental note and returned to do todays inktober drawing. I had been aware of The Secret Garden but thought it was a lot smaller than it is, the Secret works as it's a lovely space. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

What Was Lost Is Found

On a return visit to the park I managed to find my lost gnarly glove. Turns out this part of Thornes Park is called Cannonball Hill.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Thornes Park Conservatory (Again)

Drawing outside day 11. Light rain this morning enough to call off drawing outside so after running and a bit of a traipse around the parks wood land I headed for the Conservatory greenhouse.

(I was there, similar reasons for inktober2017 day 4).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Newmillerdam Boathouse
#inktober day 10

Cycled a bit further afield to Newmillerdam for todays scribbly drawing. Newmillerdam is the acceptable face of 'doing things out doors' for the bourgeois ambling middle classes around here. Very organised and very tidy.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Stork Lodge Cafe
#inktober2017 Day 9

Inktober2017 Drawing outside day 9. Stork Lodge Cafe, Thornes Park, Wakefield. The Cafe is closed Monday's which made it a bit easier to draw from my park bench.

Late start today, not feeling particularly great first thing and eventually went running and jumping around Thornes Park late morning. 

Having a seat to sit on makes drawing a lot more comfortable, better than getting back ache from standing.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Inktober 2017 Day 8

On my way to the supermarket I sat on a stone beneath the shade of a tree. Just me and the squirrels at Belle Vue Cemetery.

Grassy Knoll

Todays drawing outside for inktober2017 is of some rocks and trees at Walton Colliery Nature Park, Wakefield.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Thornes Park
Inktober Day 6

There's a monument in Thornes Park that I've run past a hundred times and never took the time to investigate. A memorial for Major Barker J.P.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Sandal Castle
#Inktober Day 5

It is a nice day so paid a visit to Sandal Castle, a mile up the road from where I live. At the top of the hill where the castle ruins are the wind had picked up a bit. I thought my big sketchbook (25cm Square casebound Seawhite of Brighton) might be better for doing a landscape drawing, the wind enjoyed ripping pages back and forth. Gripping hold of the blessed thing was a job in its self.

Did most of it on site but finished the pages off at home.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Thornes Park Conservatory

Today was a running and exercise day at Thornes Park. As I finished my jogging and jumping it started to rain so I retreated to the cover of the Conservatory. A large green house containing loads of cactus and warm climate plants.

Strange looking plants that reminded me of alien poison spitting Triffids or replicating bio pods from 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. The rain splintered on the glass panels, I'm sure it was the rain making that strange noise to my left?

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Today, I went exploring Kirkthorpe Weir a couple of miles from where I live in Wakefield. I got lost, straying from the path in the swampy bits for about an hour and had to back track. Good job I had my sturdy boots on.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Tiny Mushrooms

Spent some time after my morning run looking at tiny mushrooms on dead trees. I wanted to find giant thrusting, fantasy type mushrooms but all I could spy were tiny ones sprouting off dead rotting tree stumps. Weather was good although it did rain briefly and my sketchbook seemed to attract Greenfly. No big thing.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

What Catches My Eye?

Inktober is here. I'm not following the official prompts, using it more as an excuse to join in with a larger community to do something creative for the next month. In previous years I've tried doing comic strips, daily images, and longer story cut out illustration. This year I'm going for observational drawing outside. That's my challenge.

In an effort to draw something awesome for the first day I set out around town looking for that 'special scene', something architectural even though all I feel confident at drawing is trees at the moment. After an hour on my feet I ended up walking home, telling myself it's okay to fall back on my emergency drawing spot which is Belle Vue Graveyard.

Making a slight detour avoiding people on the bridge over the River Calder and using the bridge to The Hepworth, that's where something to draw caught my eye. It's hard to say why something inspires you to draw. Maybe there was a subconscious pressure to 'perform' walking around town and when I had given myself permission to go home, I was relaxed enough to see the possibilities?

Anyway, midday I'm stood on the bridge over to The Hepworth Gallery drawing bits of boats as a warm up. In my mind I'm already building the pressure again, the main drawing has to be spectacular. A double page spread of observational prowess and fantastic drawing technique.

When I started on the BIG drawing it wasn't fantastic at all, it was terrible. I pencilled out proportions (which was a mistake) and as soon as I started to ink I could tell the drawing was dead in the water. My warm up sketches were more enjoyable to do and as finished drawings more competent  than what I setting out to dazzle with. So, I scrapped the big drawing, I'm in public and drawing performance anxiety is setting in. I've been here before (and will probably be here again) so for now it's time to learn from the experience, pack up and move on.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Inktober Warm Up Sketches

Inktober starts soon so I'm having a practice run. This year I want to draw, in ink, outside for each day of the month of October. My first thought was to use dip pen and ink, forgetting the frustrations that come with it. After juggling pen, bottle, caps and sketchbook I decided against using the dippen to draw with. It's  unpredictable, fine for a climate controlled desk or studio but there are too many variables out side that stop the ink flowing in an enjoyable way.

So I have opted for my other favourite drawing tool, the Pilot Parallel Pen (2.4mm). Great for drawing trees. I just want to draw trees.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

TV at the weekend was insane

Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 16 and Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale. So here is a sketchbook drawing of Agent Cooper on the back of a Dragon, he is the FBI going North of the wall.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017