Drawing London On Location
One of the most engaging ways of investigating London's many interesting and unique places is by foot with sketchbook in hand. Drawing is a most effective way of exploring different environments, observing and recording the nature of a place, its detail, content and atmosphere. This course will help those who want to draw from life but are not sure what subject to begin with, or those who simply lack the confidence to make the experience truly satisfying.
The course is designed to encourage and improve the use of the sketchbook as a means of studying, documenting and simply reacting to the things that we see around London.
Who should take this course?
The course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced drawers keen to improve their observational skills and create new work.
Entry requirements: None, but bring strong shoes and a keen eye and the enthusiasm to sketch and explore this exciting city!
Level: All levels
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Hi, this is Sion Ap Tomos, I’m an illustrator and educator and I eat, drink and breathe drawing! I love talking about it, demonstrating it, sharing knowledge about it and helping people to get the most out of doing it. I don’t think it matters why you want to draw it’s just good for you - another way to communicate which is no bad thing to have in my opinion.
I studied illustration at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art and have worked as a freelance illustrator for a number of years in a variety of areas including editorial illustration, poster illustration, factual and reportage illustration and Illustrating for educational reference.
I’ve been talking about and teaching drawing for 16 years including 10 years on the Central Saint Martins Illustration/Graphics BA program. I love teaching on short courses in particular with the emphasis on sharing practical knowledge and helping students to use what we pass on in a way that works for them.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- at least two sketchbooks, one small one which can be used comfortably whilst standing and a larger one (roughly up to A3 size) for longer more ambitious drawings. It could be a simple soft cover notebook, a reporter's notepad a collection of loose papers of different kinds or a moleskin for example, as well as a more traditional hardbound sketchbook, whatever you are currently familiar and comfortable with. By all means bring a sketchbook that you have already been working in. The same applies with drawing materials, whatever you are familiar and comfortable with though by all means bring materials that you haven't used before but are eager to try out. Other materials for you to use will be discussed as the course progresses.