Thursday, 27 February 2014

Lisbon nights

We grab a few days away over the school break, and travel to the coast of Portugal and then south to Lisbon. I've been given a set of four warm grey double-pointed Promarker pens, and am still not sure how to use them to best effect.
This view of the square at Rossio from across the road from our hotel one evening (while the others slept, read and revised) is a case of trying to find out how I can use them with the black pens that go everywhere with me. That feeling of now knowing quite what you're doing can be an enjoyable one. Which pen do I reach for when I put another down? What makes things go forward and back? When to use the chisel point or the bullet point? How much tonal range is needed? Which restaurant are we eating at tonight?

Monday, 24 February 2014

Who's in Sketch Your World?

The works of more than 60 international artists are included in Sketch Your World: illustrators, architects, students, painters, film-makers, printmakers, Oscar-winning animators, senior citizens, lecturers, reportage artists and people who just like to draw in sketchbooks. Here's a complete list, with links to the websites of those who have them:

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Inma Serrano and Caroline Johnson in Sketch Your World

Thanks to people for their kind messages and reviews of Sketch Your World, now out in bookshops. It's available at the usual online stores and high street bookshops, including Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.
Here are drawings by Inma Serrano and Caroline Johnson (and a smaller one by me) included in the book. I'll be posting more about the 60 different artists whose work is included in the book over the coming weeks.
You can find out more about the book at or follow me on Twitter @jameshobbsart.