Project Sketchbook and a visit to Kew Gardens

Prompted by a visit to a graduate exhibition in Islington with my illustration friend Olya last week, I have been coaxed into the world of sketchbook keeping. I’ve shied away from bound sketchbooks somewhat over the past few years, only using them in art classes for project work, preferring the tear out kind for everyday…

Bankside on a Cold Day

January’s Urban Sketchers was a return to Bankside for me, a welcome return after my sketching success in August. Forget the sunshine however, January at Bankside was all about drying to draw outside with gloves on and then spending 15 minutes being convinced that my fingers were going to fall off because they were so…

Disney Dreaming

I love Disneyworld and I love drawing. Lucky for me, I recently got the chance to combine those two loves and do a spot of sketching on holiday in Florida. The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in watercolour and pigment liner. Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach, sketched in watercolour and pigment liner, sat…

Autumn is Coming

Let’s face it, we’ve had some pretty hot weather in London this summer. Proper September weather was bound to hit us eventually. I just don’t think any of us at Urban Sketchers yesterday were prepared for quite such a sudden drop! Braving the cold, we sat out around Little Venice and Paddington Basin and sketched….

Evolution of a Tube Station Drawing

Clapham South tube station, early stages. This is actually nearly 2 weeks after I started the drawing – the original session before the Bank Holiday weekend had to be abandoned due to the blazing sun. No such problems yesterday evening!  Line drawing all finished! I started painting while I was still outside, but it got…

I 💖 Clapham

One of my housemates and I paid a visit to the Clapham Old Town Village Fete at the weekend, which was run by the lovely people at This Is Clapham, the business improvement district. It was great to see lots of local businesses out, and to chat with some fantastic artists and illustrators, including Jenni…

Concessionary Days Win

My work does a thing where we get extra Concessionary Days off after some of the Bank Holdiays. It’s great and meant that this August Bank Holiday I got a 4 day weekend, and what better day to spend the extra day than out sketching in Central London with my friend Mary and her friend…

Summer in the City

My first year at Summer in the City at the Excel Centre and what a brilliant experience! Not being a YouTuber I drew my way around… the queue to meet Jedward about 6 hours into their 8 hour meet and greet; waiting for my girls Lisa and Nina at Costa on the Sunday; the fantastic…

An Urban Sketchers Double Dose 

I’ve been a regular at Urban Sketchers London since January 2016. This weekend was a double dose of drawing fun, covering the area around Trafalgar Square on Saturday, with a bonus sketch crawl in the City on Sunday.  Day 1… Day 2… Sketching Wren’s London  (some parts of it more successfully than others) All are…

An Afternoon at the V&A 

Visiting the V&A is always a delight, but visiting the V&A on a half day Friday to sketch with my friend Mary is a rare treat.  The girl at the table across from us had a beautifully vibrant yellow jacket,which I couldn’t resist sketching. Love the new courtyard installation.

The Illustrated Rachel, Explained

The first part is easy, my name is Rachel. The second part requires slightly more explanation. Or maybe not. I love to draw. I’m a doodler, a felt tip pen fanatic, and the type of painter who likes to throw every colour on the canvas to see what happens. I draw to document the places…