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December 28, 2008

Meet the correspondents: SHEFFIELD, UK > Lynne Chapman



"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!"

• Lynne's blog.
• Lynne's art on Flickr.
• Lynne's website.

13 comments :

enrique said...

welcome aboard Lynne. It´s a real pleasure.

marina said...

I love your pencil portrait - it have beautiful lines. Welcome!

Stephen Gardner said...

Great to have you on the team Lynne, it's always good to get a taste of the old country.

bh yoo said...

Welcome! I like your vivid colors and lines looking forward to meeting your inconspicious and funny works.

memi said...

Hi Lynne,

Now it is official-
I have enjoyed your support and contributions and look forward to more!

TIA said...

Looking forward to see more of your work on urbansketchers. I like your work very much.

Laureline said...

How wonderful to discover your work and you! I'm so charmed by your sketches---can't wait to see more!

adebanji said...

The lines.. the lines.. the lines.. so beautiful-Love your sketches!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Welcome aboard, Lynne, you're going to be a wonderful addition to our merry band! Love your work...

gabi campanario said...

welcome Lynne! looking forward to your posts

Archiartist Lee said...

To draw standing without a stool is my way also. It gives a better view than to sit in my case. Your drawings will enrich this blog.

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you so much everyone for your kind comments and good wishes.

I am positively giddy to have discovered you all out there - so many of us, all beavering away, filling our sketchbooks all over the world! Wonderful.

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