Sketches from East Yorkshire in September

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:

  1. Some hazy fields in the rain somewhere near Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds.
  2. Sunlight breaking through the storm clouds at Danes Dyke, near Flamborough
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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!

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Sketches from Winyards Nick, Peak District

A couple of quick watercolour sketches from a misty June walk in the Peak District, taking in the views from Winyards Nick below Over Owler Tor.

High Lees, Hathersage - Peak District Sketch


View towards High Lees, Hathersage. You can just about make out Scraperlow Hall amongst the trees and Derwent Moors fading into the distance.

View from Winyards Nick, Hathersage - Peak District art


View towards Mitchell Field.

Note: I have recently changed my name from Sian Hughes to Sian Vernon. My website can now be found at https://sianvernon.co.uk and you can email me at sianvernonart@gmail.com

Storm approaching Longshaw, sketchbook

I was about to get out and go for a walk at Longshaw but I thought better of it. Ten minutes later there was a very wintery shower over this area of the Peak District! Difficult to sketch or describe or photograph what I saw, but the approaching rain was masking out parts of the distant hills. It was so beautiful. I really haven’t done it any justice, but I’ll try to do a proper painting at some point.

Rain approaching Longshaw, Peak District, Art by Sian Vernon
Disappointing first sketch of rain storm approaching Longshaw
Rain landscape sketches
Trying to get a better, more abstracted effect, showing how the rain and colours looked in my head!
Peak District rain storm landscape, watercolour sketch by Sian Vernon
Detail of one of the smaller sketches.

Secret Garden and Mother Cap sketches

This is a part of Hathersage Moor called the Secret Garden, which is well known to climbers but I’ve never walked through it before.  Lots of boulders, birch trees and blue skies.

Approach to Secret Garden (Hathersage) Peak District, sketch by Sian Vernon
Approach to the Secret Garden through Birch woodland
The Secret Garden (Hathersage) Peak District, art by Sian Vernon
The Secret Garden boulders and birch trees with Higger Tor in the background
Over Owler Tor Peak District Art, sketch by Sian Vernon artist
Back via Over Owler Tor
Mother Cap, Peak District art - sketch by Sian Vernon
Sketch of Mother Cap in the sunshine.

Hazy January Sunshine at Higger Tor and free February Desktop Wallpaper Calendar thing

Carl Wark from Higger Tor Burbage, Peak District, by Sian Hughes
Hathersage Moor from Higger Tor Burbage, Peak District, by Sian Hughes
Over Owler Tor from Higger Tor Burbage, Peak District, by Sian Hughes

Scroll to the bottom for the free Desktop Wallpaper Calendar thingy!

The moors are beautiful on days like this. I mean, they’re beautiful always, but cold, bleak and hazy is one of my favourites. Colours begin so muted that they’re almost imperceptible. As the fog starts to lift, the odd flash of sunlight breaks through and bounces off silvery pools of water that have formed in dips in the gritstone. Then suddenly the cloud clears, the sun comes out and everything is glorious technicolour (well, still mostly grey and brown).

I was there with an outdoor playgroup, ushering/carrying my small person and a bag full of snacks rather than any drawing equipment, so I couldn’t sketch on-site this time. Cool playgroup though, hey?

Carl Wark from Higger Tor Burbage, original Peak District sketch painting by Sian Hughes

Braved getting my paints out later while he slept. Tried to creep around and not wake him up. Got paint all over my keyboard. Didn’t swear. Managed a quick gouache and charcoal sketch based on my photos.

Peak District sketch February desktop wallpaper calendar, free download, by Sian Hughes

I’ve made it into a Desktop Wallpaper/calendar thing! Do people even use those? View and download it for free here anyway (click on image to view full size then right click and save):
Let me know if you use it and if it’s any good and I might make more.

Inktober 2016

Over Owler Tor

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’s official 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

You can view and buy some of my Inktober Collection on Folksy:

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I’m still listing these, so if you can’t find the piece you want, please contact me.

Inktober 2016 prompt list

Portland Works Sketches

Portland Works Sketch

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.

Portland Works, Sheffield - urban sketch by Sian Hughes

I did this one of a nearby works a few days later too: Denby Street, Sheffield - sketch by Sian Hughes urban sketcher

Fun!