'London lunch hour' sketches by UK artist Peter Gander
Monday, 23 February 2009
090223 Tottenham Court Rd & BT Tower
Thought I'd try a sketch of the great outdoors whilst staying indoors. It was cosy enough, but obviously lacked any interaction with the public, part of the thrill of plein air sketching, I feel. This viewpoint is from a meeting room window on the 4th floor of my company's offices, looking north up Tottenham Court Road towards Euston. An ambitious drawing as I only had 40 minutes before a meeting at 2pm, but in hindsight, it's the medium which was a tad ambitious. All that scratching around with a fine-tipped Fountain Pentel when a soft pencil would have been better for indicating the trees, especially. They look rather sparse and bedraggled, though it is only February so I can probably get away with it! A sketch like this sums up the lovely mix of London architecture. The landmark BT Tower sits amongst 1960s office boxes and intricately-decorated Georgian buildings (to the right). I wonder for who's benefit the draped fabric effect round the window in plaster (top right) was for? Well, at least I got to appreciate it. That's half the fun of sketching, of course, the observing. Typically, the meeting got cancelled. Materials: Black Fountain Pentel. Duration: 40 mins.
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What's this all about?
Inspired by the worldwide sketching website, Urban Sketchers.com which I found on Flickr, I thought I'd put pencil to paper and get sketching in my lunch hour. Working in the West End of London gives me a wealth of drawing matter on my doorstep and whilst I am lucky enough to draw for a living every day (see About Me below), it's quite a different kettle of fish. The day job involves what we call in the trade 'scamps'. Simple drawings with messaging in one-stroke pen for advertising ideas and campaigns. Sketching in the street, however, offers quite a different pleasure. No brief to be answered and no client making unreasonable requests. It's all about the drawing. I will be experimenting with different mediums and substrates initially as I plan to find my favourite pen, brush, marker, pencil or paper, so check out the site later too. Thanks for looking, Peter Gander
Peter Gander (BA Hons) graduated from Canterbury College of Art to work in London as graphic designer and later as an art director. He lives in Herne bay, near Whitstable on north Kent's coast. During his commercial art career, which spans over 20 years, he lays claim to having re-designed the Monopoly logo to include 'Mr Moneybags' (still there to this day); winning an advertising D&AD Yellow pencil award for Spiller's Dog Food campaign featuring Dougal from The Magic Roundabout and having an award-winning cartoon featured on London's Underground as well as having his humorous poetry displayed for Londoner's by Friends of the Earth featured on London's iconic Routemaster buses.