Sketching at NDSM

Sketching at NDSM on Saturday with the Amsterdam Urban Sketchers—just like in the good old days of 2014-5. A chance at least to catch up on Dudley’s hair, and hang with some sketchers. But I realised just how rusty I’ve got at sketching. When I lived in Amsterdam, I wouldn’t think twice about whipping it out. The sketchbook, that is.

With drawing, the more you do, the easier it gets. That’s the thing. But if you leave it for a bit…

Amsterdam rain

Cycling through the Amsterdam rain is no fun. This picture is about that. In the basket in front of you is your shopping from Albert Heijn. It wasn’t raining when you got to the supermarket, but it’s chucking it down now. Going home in the rain is better than going out in the rain though. Better by kilometres.

Nearly Hembrug

If you’re cycling from Zaandam to Amsterdam (which takes about 45 minutes and includes a ferry) you’ll go through a small underpass just before you reach the Hembrug ferry point. As you emerge from the underpass, these sweeping diagonal lines leap out at you. This is what you see here. This is actually the 4th attempt at this picture, each time whittling it down more and more. Eventually drawn in Kyle brushes.

Edmundo at it again

This is Edmundo at it again. This time in the Starbucks at Amsterdam Central Station. If you’re drawing someone who’s moving, you just need to find the position they keep returning to. Then concentrate on that.

This is drawn in pencil, graphite, gel pen, biro, and grey colour pencil.
(Click for a closer look).