I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in Melbourne.It was even more wonderful that Melbourne Urban Sketchers were having a Sketchcrawl. I had met four of the sketchers separately on my last visit to Melbourne, Jodi, Evelyn, Kym and Angela and now I got to see them all in one place and with another 12 or so sketchers. It was inspirational and motivational to sketch with the group and to meet a new group of sketchers.
The weather was sunny and warm and the day could not have been more perfect.
I started with a coffee from Brunetti's (we were meeting there) in Lygon Street . I sketched the staff and then took the cup home to draw it later
Then we all walked just around the corner to the back of La Mama, where there was a courtyard, with LOTS to sketch and seats as well.
I was fascinated by the rooftops and brickwork of the back of the shops. We were going to be there for two hours and I quickly realised that I was not going to have time to be able to get a lot of the scene onto the page. I think I decided (sort of) to feature a bit of texture and colour. I used my watercolour pencils (decided not to use ink) in my Moleskine accordion style watercolour sketchbook (special Barcelona edition) . This style of book let my lines wander across the pages .
|some of our sketchbooks|
We kept sketching through lunch, with the tables covered dominated by sketchbooks more than food at times
|my pencils overtaking my plate|
|lunch at the Lygon Food Store|
The rest of my Melbourne urban sketching ........
after lunch we visited urban sketcher Jodi Wiley's exhibition at a cafe/gallery (and sketched it)