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Three hour walk from Ashopton Viaduct to White Tor, taking in the spectacular autumnal views of Ladybower and the upper Derwent Valley, marvelling at the rays of sun breaking through the clouds behind Win Hill, and exploring some of the rugged gritstone tors. Encountered more grouse than I have ever seen before, a huge flock of redwing (possibly fieldfares), some kind of raptor having a rest on a telegraph pole and a pair crows of course.
Not much to report from the studio this week but here are a few snapshots from behind the scenes.
As well as grabbing as much painting time as I can between all the Other Things, I’ve been working on lots of shop updates and improvements, and I’ve put aside the guilt (mostly) and made time for a few sketch/walks out in the Peak District for some autumnal sunshine and inspiration.
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Walked from Burbage Bridge down along Burbage Brook and through the plantation, stopping to sketch a coupke of views of Higger Tor and Carl Wark on the way. Nearly fell into the brook when I crossed over to the other side, but didn’t. Well done me!
Used a Pilot lettering pen with a wide nib (#20) to do these sketches.
I took a bag full of sketchbooks with me on our recent visit to the East Coast of Yorkshire, but it turns out it’s quite difficult to sketch when you’ve got a toddler. I’m sure it’s not impossible and there were moments I could have got a sketchbook out but I always feel too bad for taking my attention away from the little guy. I’m okay with that, he’s pretty fun to spend time with and I’ll get back to sketching eventually!
I did make a couple of sketches (from my head) of weather-based moments I’d been inspired by when we got back:
Some hazy fields in the rain somewhere near Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Sunlight breaking through the storm clouds at Danes Dyke, near Flamborough
I also did quite a few cow sketches from life (out of the cottage window). All drawings were created using the Procreate app on iPad and enhanced in PS Express.For those of you interested in cows, I believe they were Simmentals. They were very beautiful, and very inquisitive!
Recently, I challenged myself to produce an ink drawing (almost) every day in October as part of Inktober on Instagram. I tried to stick to Jake Parker’sofficial prompts as much as possible, but also keep to my own moorland/woodland theme. It was a struggle on occasion – the links got more and more tenuous, and sometimes I just drew something completely off-topic, but it gave me a nice sense of achievement to complete the set.
It was also fun to see how other people interpreted the prompts (check out #inktober2016), and I’ve found a few more lovely IGers to follow. If you’re on Instagram I’d love to see you! You can follow me @siansburys
Inktober Day 11. Meh. I’m a bit out of practise drawing my favourite mode of #transport (and also using it. I haven’t ridden for over 10 years)
Inktober Day 2: Not a great drawing day so here’s a very quick sketch from a senshistock pose. I quite like how she looks as if she’s reaching for the pen though
Inktober Day 6: I drew a crow on this but it was terrible so I’ve #hidden it
Inktober Day 10 (don’t) #jump. Burbage Edge, Peak District, Derbyshire. Original drawing in black, green and sepia ink.
Inktober Day 2: Some Autumn stuff I collected and drew. You can’t really tell from this photo but I used gold ink
Inktober Day 12: I didn’t get much time to draw today but I’m not going to #worry about it. Stanage Edge and High Neb from Stanage Plantation
Inktober Day 31: over Owler Tor from Upper Padley. My view en route to the garage to drop my car off this morning. Thanks for everything Inktober! Some of my best #friends are pens (I don’t understand why I’m not more popular 😂)
Inktober Day 25: are you #tired of this view yet? A more detailed drawing of the Pebble at Stanage
Inktober Day 29: Surprise! I drew an urban space. Sort of. Winter Garden Sheffield. Urbank Sketchers Yorkshire October Sketchcrawl
Inktober Day 28. Burn. Carl Wark from Burbage Brook. There are 2 tenuous links to the theme today: 1. This is a moorland landscape which was historically managed by controlled burning. Not so much these days. 2. ‘Burn’ is sometimes used to mean stream or brook. Day 28, are we nearly there yet?
Inktober 14: tree(s) at Stanage Plantation, Dark Peak, Derbyshire.
Inktober Day 21, Take 2: Big. Recreated a sketch I did on site a couple of years ago of Mam Tor from Barker Bank
The artist’s struggle. Inktober Day 21: Bugger. I’ll catch up with this tomorrow
Inktober Day 5: She’s #sad she’s lost her outer layers. Drawn from a Senshistock pose.
Inktober Day 7: I #lost a crow in my drawing yesterday, which annoyed me. Today I am trying and trying again to just draw a damn crow.
Inktober Day 27: Houses in the middle of nowhere. They’re a bit creepy, aren’t they? I’ve drawn this place a few times and I never do it justice, especially not today. White Edge Lodge was originally the gamekeeper’s lodge for Longshaw Estate. Now rented out as a holiday cottage, it was used as a location for Jane Eyre (the Fassbender one)
Inktober Day 16: Wet (on wet) I’m not really paying attention to be honest, I’m watching the Crystal Maze
Inktober Day 20: Squeeze. Bit lacking in energy to draw today. Squashed this ink blot and got trees. Also an elephant, but I went with trees, because trees.
Inktober Day 26: a day late because ill boy again yesterday. Birch trees at Lawrencefield, Longshaw Estate, Peak District
Inktober Day 24: sick child tonight so just some more #trees
Inktober Day 15: Another quick one. This is a great place to #relax.
Inktober Day 13: Playing catchup. I did draw something in ink yesterday. Here it is. Still need to do one today
Inktober Day 19: Crows in #flight at Over Owler Tor.
Inktober Day 9. Sad girl drawn from a pose from senshistock.com
Inktober Day 17: Ink sketch inspired by Higger Tor and the Iron Age fort, Carl Wark.
Inktober Day 23: this one’s inspired by an autumn view of Stanage Edge/High Neb from Stanage Plantation
Inktober Day 30: Owler Tor. View as you walk up from Lawrencefield, Longshaw.
Inktober Day 4: I ate my lunch before I remembered today’s prompt was ‘hungry’, so I drew the discarded bag it came in.
Inktober 8: Rock A couple of my favourites. Ox Stones, Houndkirk Moor, near Sheffield
Inktober Day 22: Small. The vast swathes of purple that characterise the moors in August/September are the result of the simultaneous blooming of bajillions* (*approx) of tiny heather flowers, a few of which I have drawn very badly here
Inktober Day 18: Woodland – went there to #escape to the countryside but got caught in the rain.
You can view and buy some of my Inktober Collection on Folksy:
It was a surprisingly balmy October day, urban sketching in Sheffield with the talented folk of Urban Sketchers Yorkshire, taking in the sights of Sheffield.
In my sketchbook: Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield Winter Garden (this was also my Inktober offering of the day, more on that later), The Globe Inn on Howard Street and a quick attempt at a horribly complicated panoramic view of Park Hill/Electric Works/Midland Station from Sheffield Hallam University stairwell.
These sketches are from when I went out with Urban Sketchers Yorkshire in June (Yes, it’s August now, I know. I’m not the most efficient person in the world, but I seriously don’t know how anybody gets anything done with a baby around).
Portland Works is a lovely grungy Grade II Listed former cutlery factory in Sheffield UK. This is where the very first stainless steel cutlery was manufactured, or so we were told!
Inspired by all the amazing work by the other sketchers, I went back a few days later and drew a view of Portland Works from the back.
I did this one of a nearby works a few days later too: