Thursday, 19 October 2017

Fall Ing Lock
inktober day 19

Making it this far into October without a full day of torrential rain had to happen sooner or later. I drew Fall Ing Lock stood on the bridge under an umbrella. The rain started as drizzle but soon turned into a downpour. Just me, the Ducks and a couple of Swans.

To be honest I didn't finish the sketch at the Lock, sketching in just enough detail so I could finish it off at home. You can see the paper and ink was taking on water. I managed to hide most of the water drop marks by applying a thin ink wash over the drawing. Breaking my self imposed #inktober rule this year of using just ink straight out of a pen.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Down By The Monkey Bars

Gnarly, old, broken tree down by the monkey bars at Thornes Park. The wind has changed the landscape over the past few days, leaves now litter the ground changing the over all colour scheme a shade darker than when I was last here a few days ago.

(Have only just realised that I wrote the day wrong, it's Wednesday).

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Town Hall Clock Tower

Ventured outside, towards Wakefield Town Centre, fearing that this years inktober is degenerating into tree drawings. I found a quiet place to sit and draw the Clock Tower. The space (Crown Court) soon started to fill up with students and workers on their lunch breaks, chattering away about everything and nothing. I buried my head further into my sketchbook and scribbled away.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Sky Smells Of Tobacco

A strange day that definitely affected my Inktober (day 16) drawing plans. Low light levels caused by, I found out later, Sahara dust and Portugal Forest fire smoke dragged into the atmosphere by the tail end of Storm Ophilia. The day seemed to start off misty and got darker from there on. When the sun did break through it was an orange red orb creating a queasy palette for the eyes.

There was a funny smell in the air too, whether this was psychosomatic or someone smoking WW2 grade cigarettes in the adjoining allotment I can't decide.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Blue Bridge, Haw Park Wood

Cycled slightly further afield for todays outside inktober (Day 15) drawing, both sides of a bridge in Haw Park Wood. It's a beautiful day again, dappled sunbeams bouncing through the foliage highlighting dust motes and tiny flying insects in the air. The day could have been directed by Ridley Scott.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

#inktober day 14

Unseasonally warm today in Wakefield. I started off down by The River Calder at Thornes Lane Wharf drawing bits of the warehouses along the waterfront. Then headed back over to The Secret Garden at Thornes Park to sit in the shade and draw a tree.

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Secret Garden

This mornings run around Thornes Park I noticed a stone column where I had not noticed one before. Made a mental note and returned to do todays inktober drawing. I had been aware of The Secret Garden but thought it was a lot smaller than it is, the Secret works as it's a lovely space.