Sketching London 2013 #zeitgeist2013


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A slideshow of sketches and drawings of London by British illustrator Lis Watkins #zeitgeist2013

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Sketching London 2013 #zeitgeist2013

  1. 1. S K E T C H I N G L O N D O N 2 0 1 3
  2. 2. J A N U A R Y Canary Wharf in Docklands was the venue for the London Ice Sculpting Festival where men and women armed with chainsaws crafted designs from giant blocks of ice
  3. 3. F E B R U A R Y & M A R C H Mostly drawing indoors from the warmth of cafes but I did brave the cold to make this sketch of the Royal Opera House as preparations for the BAFTAs were in full swing. People hanging around outside Somerset House for London Fashion Week also were great material for sketching.
  4. 4. A P R I L As the temperature warmed up, a chance to do some watercolours in the Horniman Gardens in south east London and by the side of the Thames, the day before the London Marathon.
  5. 5. M A Y Whilst the crowds flock to the Chelsea Flower Show, a more modest garden, the first ‘Edible Bus Stop’ is officially opened in Stockwell. Meanwhile further south, nearly 200 cyclists prepare for the annual ‘Tour de Penge’ ride to Greenwich and back.
  6. 6. J U N E I drew the area known as the ‘Undercroft’ on the South Bank just next to the Festival Hall as the skateboarders mounted a campaign to keep the space from redevelopment. In Trafalgar Square, groups of Hare Krishna followers celebrated with friends and family.
  7. 7. J U N E Lots of local festivals at this time of year including ones in Crystal Palace and Sydenham. I drew two venues – the Gypsy Hill Tavern and Sydenham Community Library.
  8. 8. J U L Y The hordes of Press gathered outside St Mary’s Hospital awaiting the Royal birth provide a great drawing opportunity.
  9. 9. A U G U S T The good weather meant time to get out and sketch some of the wellknown landmarks in London including the new sculpture on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
  10. 10. S E P T E M B E R Another chance to draw somewhere in the news this time the Ecuadorian Embassy, temporary home to Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame. The long summer shadows in the local park in south east London.
  11. 11. O C T O B E R The Vintage Car Boot Sale on the South Bank provided a great opportunity to sketch some old cars.
  12. 12. O C T O B E R More vehicles on the South Bank, where food trucks parked amongst the market stalls made good subjects.
  13. 13. N O V E M B E R & D E C E M B E R The Old Chelsea Town Hall, famous for its celebrity weddings and houses and shops in nearby Sydney Street. The Queens Chapel of the Savoy The Royal Bell in Bromley (London Borough of Bromley)
  14. 14. A L L I M A G E S C O P Y R I G H T L I S W A T K I N S 2 0 1 3