"I’m Lynne Chapman: born in London but now in Sheffield. I’ve been a freelance illustrator for 20 years, working in pastels, and specialising in children’s books.
My illustration is very different to my sketching though: I illustrate from my imagination, but I fill my sketchbooks with places and people I observe directly, usually standing on a street corner, or sitting on a train (trying in vain to look as inconspicuous as possible!).
I keep these two very separate, so that my sketchbooks remain ‘fun’ and don’t get sucked into ‘work’. Until recently, the sketches have remained hidden away on a shelf, so I’m thrilled to have a chance to share my sketches.
I once took out A3 pads and tins of coloured pencils, but these days I keep to A6 or A5, and use a 3B pencil. I don’t have a stool, so often draw standing: I like the restriction of having to finish before my arms drop off, plus travelling so light means I can be ready to draw on a whim, pretty much anywhere, anytime.
I have never messed with the sketches once I was away from the location, but I've been inspired by Urban Sketchers to try my hand at retrospective colouring, so watch this space…
I will be posting sketches of Sheffield: from around the city and of course on the trains, but I’d also like to share highlights of my various travel sketchbooks, and get them down off that shelf!"
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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