IllustrationMeSketchbookSketchbook: Steep Hill

It feels so long since I shared a sketchbook post! I’ve been so busy I’ve not really had time to sketch, but I have been avoiding it a bit too. That sounds confusing, I know, but let me explain…

Friday 30th August I headed up Steep Hill to sketch:

Wahey! I managed to sketch in pencil, which I usually have a problem with. Steep Hill was unusually quiet too, so perfect for me to sketch without any distractions.

I was pretty happy with my sketch, and this is where the problem then came. I wanted to finish it off and go over it in pen, but at the same time I was scared incase I ruined the pencil drawing. So 3 weeks on and I still hadn’t finished the sketch, but today I decided enough was enough!

I admit that due to Lincoln’s unreliable weather I penned the details using a photo and google street maps as reference, but I much prefer sketching on location. (Thanks to Sara for accompanying me up Steep Hill to be my photographer)

After all that worrying, I’m pretty happy with the final outcome! I think my sketching is definitely improving and I’m feeling a lot more confident about discussing it. I’ve shown my sketchbook to a few more people and I’ve had some really lovely feedback too. So I’ve learnt my lesson – I’m just going to draw straight in pen to stop me worrying from now on.

What do you guys think to my sketch? Did you miss my sketchbook posts? I really missed sketching so hopefully now I’ve got over this bump I’ll be back to sketching at least once a week.


  • casiepace

    20/09/2013 at 1:09 am

    I love this!


  • jodeyleecornwall

    20/09/2013 at 7:50 am

    Nice sketch, really captures the scene and makes me want to go there.


  • thecreativityofescape

    22/09/2013 at 11:59 am

    Lovely. I love the way it is all black and white except the colourful flags. I immediately imagined funny colourful people walking along the street in your sketch. Don’t worry, just sketch 😉 I know the feeling though…


    • graphiquefantastique

      22/09/2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks Nora 🙂 I don’t know why I started drawing in b&w with hints of colour but I really like it – it makes things pop! I’ll try my best…


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