Nice to get out armed only with a brush pen and sketchbook. No feint trace lines before committing, just committing to the ink right there! I even left the white Chinagraph behind today. One of a series of three. Materials: Pentel Brush Pen Duration: 10 mins
After a short trip to Foyles bookshop, I had half an hour and took a shortcut back through Denmark Place. I sketched this nice, shiny British Triumph in the quiet alleyway behind the drumming studios and famous guitar shops of Denmark Street, off Charing Cross Road, WC2. Materials: Daler Rowney Artists' Sketching pencil on brown paper. Duration: 30mins.
A windy and cold day, so I sought the warmth and shelter of The British Museum, a favourite sketching haunt. The plaque read Hoa Hakananai'a, which means 'secret friend' or something similar and this Easter Island figure dates back to around 1400AD. I like sculptures, they stay nice and still for the artist. Materials: Black and white Daler Rowney 'Sketching Pencils" on cardboard (art pad backing). Duration: 20mins.
Only had a brief moment to sketch today, so popped over to Crabtree Fields, Colville Place, a precious slice of green in the erstwhile grey environment of Tottenham Court Road. The book reader in question actually disappeared two-thirds of the way through the sketch, so I improvised thereafter. The fleeting low winter sun made the odd appearance and produced some nice diagonal shadows via the trees across the pavement. But disappeared again, so I found myself waiting for the clouds to move on and reveal it again, just to make sure I was getting the shadows in the right place. Materials: Black and white Daler Rowney 'Sketching Pencils" on manilla envelope paper. Duration: 20mins.
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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.