Sketchbook Challenge: The London Eye Experience

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On Sunday I set myself a little challenge; what happens when you put a blogger with a sketchbook on the London Eye Experience?

Recently I’m missing being creative. I keep making the excuse that I don’t have time, but it’s one of those things that I know I need to make time for. So what better way to focus my attention than to put myself in a little bubble with the beautiful views of London? With Jack for support (and to document photographic evidence), it was time…

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It was a bit cloudy, but you could still see amazing views across the whole of London. It wasn’t my first time on the eye – I remember hating it when I was younger, complaining about being scared of heights, but I seem to have got over that ha. Having lived in the smoke for 18months, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the beauty of London (especially when you spend most of your time underground or sat in an office), so with that in mind Jack & I were keen to remind ourselves!

Now then, onto the challenge… I haven’t sat down and properly sketched since I graduated in September 2013. Oh dear! So needless to say, my sketching skills are a bit rusty. Obviously the concept of the London Eye is that it moves (slowly, but it moves) to showcase all angles of London’s views. This meant that I had to sketch quickly and be decisive…

… which is so unlike me. Am I crazy? Maybe!

Let the sketching commence…

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Whilst the rest of the pod (mainly Spanish tourists) took enough selfies to last a lifetime sigh, I stood on the West side sketching. I caught a couple of people giving me evils for being in the best spot/watching me, but thankfully people left me to it as there was no time to waste! Whilst I held my ground at the front of the pod Jack was off exploring…

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Overall you’re up in the air for around 30mins, which seems like a long time but it flew for me! Before I knew it, we’d done a full rotation and were back at ground level…

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Challenge complete! 

I managed to sketch 5 different views in rough, with the aim to add finer detailing later – I’ll be sharing them with you guys once I’ve finished them so look out for that post.

I really enjoy sketching – it’s so therapeutic. I know that I really do need to make time to sketch, although it is hard when you live in such a fast paced city like London. Maybe I should set up a sketching club… Who’s with me?

 

Where’s the weirdest place you’ve sketched? Will you be taking your sketchbook up in the London Eye?

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  • My trip up the London Eye was kindly sponsored by domorewithavios but as always, ideas and opinions are my own –

8 Comments

  1. sophieh99@live.co.uk'
    Sophie
    26/08/2015 / 2:42 pm

    Can’t wait to see the results 🙂 I’m always very nervous about sketching in public, you can never avoid people looking over your shoulder!

    Sophie | http://www.dreamsandcolourschemes.com

    • 27/08/2015 / 7:57 am

      No pressure… ha 🙂 It is stressful but sometimes it’s nice for people to take an interest – you can meet some very interesting characters! xx

  2. rosanna.highton@ntlworld.com' 26/08/2015 / 11:13 pm

    This is such a great idea! I definitely work better under a bit of pressure. I’ve got into sketching quite a bit over this summer and I completely agree that it’s really worth making time for. I haven’t been up the London Eye in years, there always seems to be such a long queue! The weirdest place i’ve sketched is probably standing up at Euston station. I was trying to do some people watching and draw the commuters while I waited for my train but it was really busy and everyone was moving so fast and I kept losing the people I was trying to draw.

    Can’t wait to see the final drawings!

    • 27/08/2015 / 8:00 am

      Yes, sketching is definitely worth making time for! We went quite early on Sunday and also the weather wasn’t that great so the queue wasn’t too bad 🙂 Ohhh I love a bit of people watching, however I can’t draw people… so I just watch ha Yes, the speed is hard to deal with – especially in a busy train station like Euston! Maybe set yourself an easier task next time… ha Thanks – will post them soon 🙂 x

  3. LianneWilliamsArt@outlook.com'
    Lianne
    25/02/2016 / 3:46 pm

    What a great idea. Could imagine doing this on one of the river boats too.

    • 24/03/2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks Lianne – ahhh yes, I think a river boat would be beautiful but MORE stressful? ha

  4. info@scarlet-impressions.co.uk'
    Scarlet Leonard
    26/02/2016 / 6:19 pm

    Fantastic way to make yourself sketch and give yourself a time limit too.

    I’m guilty of the same, I will always carry a small sketch book (though it’s usually my zentangle book) but I either feel self conscious or aren’t in a situation that make drawing easy.

    I did take it out to the lake district. I sat sketching one of the tarns while we were talking to a couple who had come to swim the lakes.

    • 24/03/2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by my blog Scarlet. It was fun but honestly quite stressful ha But yes, I needed that pressure and push to just get it done! Also I just wanted to do something fun and a bit different.

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