Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Back at Millennium Mills

London's Urban Sketchers had their second visit to the huge £3.5 billion Silvertown redevelopment site in the old Docklands earlier his month, currently a deserted, windswept wasteland, but within the next ten years or so, we are promised, a booming new high-tech neighbourhood of waterside homes, jobs, shops and leisure. We have been invited to record the changes to the 62-acre site as work continues, although the major building work has yet to begin.

Since our last visit, the changes are, it must be said, not too obvious. But with asbestos removal complete, this time we were able to draw from the 11th-floor roof of Millennium Mills, a cavernous, derelict flour mill on the site that is under restoration. From its roof we could trace the Thames snaking through East London communities on its way to the coast, with the skyline of the city's financial district in the distance to the west.

The place has a gritty charm. It's popular with urban explorers and location managers. From the rooftop we could see police cars and the flames of a burning vehicle on a distant part of the site – surrounded by a film crew. And for all the rubble, nature has a grip: the sound of birdsong rises in between the roar of planes at nearby City Airport.

You can find more about Silvertown and images by the visiting team – (above from the left) Adebanji Alade, me, Jo Dungey, Isabel Carmona, Simon Privett, Simone Menken, Nick Richards and Daniel Lloyd-Morgan – on the London Urban Sketchers blog, and there's more about our first visit here. Our thanks to Silvertown Development for inviting us.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Encre et Stylo: out now

My new book Pen and Ink is published this year, and first out of the blocks is the French edition, Encre et Stylo (Editions Pyramyd), on 11 February. Editions in English, German and Spanish are published later in 2016 – more news here when these come out.

The 208-page book explores the wide variety of approaches that the medium embraces, the range of pens and inks the artists use, and insights into how and why they use them. It includes around 100 images, by international illustrators, artists, urban sketchers and students – some you may know already, some you probably won't.     

Who is in Pen and Ink? Here's a list of the 34 artists who generously agreed to let their images be used. My heartfelt thanks to them all.

Phoebe Atkey, UK
Cachetejack, Spain
Cynthia Barlow Marrs, UK
Michelle Cioccoloni, UK
Caroline Didou, France
Nicholas Di Genova, Canada
Jedidiah Dore, USA
Rohan Eason, UK
Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri, Spain
Pamela Grace, UK
Marina Grechanik, Israel
Tyga Helme, UK
Amer Ismail, UK
Sabine Israel, Germany
Nina Johansson, Sweden
Loui Jover, Australia
Òscar Julve, Spain
Eleni Kalorkoti, UK
Fred Kennett, UK
Olivia Kemp, UK
Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, Malaysia
Chris Lee, UK
Dalit Leon, UK
Michael Lukyniuk, Canada
Fred Lynch, USA
Joe Munro, UK
Fraser Scarfe, UK
Rolf Schroeter, Germany
Suhita Shirodkar, USA
Mike Slaton, USA
Swasky, Spain
Susan Toplitz, USA
Patrick Vale, USA/UK
Wendy Winfield, UK

There are some drawings by me as well.

You can order the French edition on Amazon now.