I made like 20 portraits in about 2 hours, these are the four best.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
I was very surprised to find one in still in place, on the tiny marketsquare of this little town, Limbourg, in the Ardennes (Belgium). I can still remember that I used this urinal once, maybe 35 years ago. I was a teenager back then and I was on my way back from a biking trip to the Baraque Michel with a full bladder. Aren't we all full of useless memories.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
I found this abandoned and derelict little house opposite the church. While I was drawing and painting, an old local man came up chatting to me about the old days, as far back as World War 2. As it was in French it was too difficult to listen and draw simultaneously. I admit I was a little annoyed because I wanted to finish the colouring, and the light was fading fast. On the other hand, if I hadn't be there to draw, I would never have heard these lovely stories.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
The viaduct was built in the 1st World War to move artillery to the western front. As the Netherlands was neutral and the Germans could not pass our country, they had to build a railwayline just south of the Dutch-Belgian border, through very hilly terrain. This viaduct spans 1,2 km with at the highest point 50 meters above the ground, and was the largest in its time. There are more interesting stories to be told about Moresnet, maybe another time.
Friday, 19 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
Dit is de groep die afgelopen zaterdag in Sittard aan de slag ging met de sketchcrawl. vlnr: Joan, Tineke, Annette, Jos, Roger, Marco, Nico en Alma. Ikzelf sta er gelukkig niet op. Geen garantie op gelijkenis.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Yesterday we did another sketchcrawl Limburg, this time in Sittard. Unfortunately the weather was horrible, we could only draw for a few hours on a covered terrace. But after that the rain poured down, and we had to stop early. Nevertheless, our group of 9 draughtsmen (of 3 nationalities) had a lot of fun drawing together. See more on our blog: sketchcrawllimburg.blogspot.nl
Gisterenmiddag was er weer een sketchcrawl Limburg, dit keer in Sittard. Daar was ook Oktoberfest: een grote kermis, veel feesttenten en schlagermusik. Helaas zat het weer tegen, we konden slechts een paar uurtjes op een beschut terras zitten tekenen, daarna regende het zo hard dat we besloten voortijdig af te haken. In totaal waren we met 9 schetsers, een erg leuke groep. De resultaten op onze blog: sketchcrawllimburg.blogspot.nl
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Saturday, 6 October 2012
British Museum, Egyptian department. Above a real mummy on display. It's awkward to realise that this was a person real and alive about 3000 years ago. And now thousands of people, coming from countries he never knew existed, come to look at his remains. I also sketched a nice model of the gifts the ancient Egypts buried in their graves, two beautiful and intricately detailed models of riverboats. The realistic pose and detailing of the boatsmen is stunning.
Friday, 5 October 2012
When I was in Liège with the Belgian USK sketchers, Lapin gave me a little sketchbook, with his drawings on the front. I took it with me to London, to try it out. This is a quick sketch that I made the first day, of the courtyard of the British Museum. I made it while waiting for the rest of our group to return, in maybe 10 minutes. I loved the dome, a fine meshed glass roof, designed by Norman Foster.
Thursday, 4 October 2012
For those who want to join us: Saturday Oktober 13th at 13.00 hours at the entrance of "het Domein" Sittard. There will be an Oktoberfest in town, so much opportunity to sketch!
We gaan weer sketchcrawlen, deze keer in Sittard. Voor degene die zin hebben om gezellig samen met anderen te tekenen en schetsen: verzamelen op Zaterdag 13 oktober, om 13.00 uur bij de ingang van het domein, Sittard.
Er is Oktoberfest in de stad, dus veel kans op leuke schetsen!
Meer info: http://sketchcrawllimburg.blogspot.nl/
(bewerkte foto van H. Fluks)
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Makes you wonder how sportsmen will ever be able to use the sportfacilities there. By wearing a hard hat?
This is a sketch (as seen from the fence) of the "Orbit" , a building of 115 meter high. It looks like a steel octopus catching a flying saucer in mid air.
We visited a few other architecturally interesting projects, and lunched on our way back to the center of town in Shoreditch.
I had a real good classic British pie there, with beef cooked in Ale, mashed potatoes, green peas and heavy gravy. As sketched below.
Monday, 1 October 2012
This one is the view from the top floor of the Modern Tate (art museum), showing the St. Pauls silhouette across the river.
They have a long table stretching along the façade with this view; I had a nice brie and salad sandwich with a strong coffee when I made this drawing. That's the way to draw something like this.