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January 28, 2009

Meet the correspondents: LONDON > James Hobbs










"I’ve lived in London for nearly 20 years, having spent most of my youth in relatively rural parts of the UK, such as Devon, where I was born, but the buzz of city life gets me like it always did. On my way to work I often cycle past St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the towers in the financial district and the great buildings along the Thames, and I can still marvel at what a great city I live in. 

When it comes to drawing, though, I am often more taken by the more mundane things going on. I like to stand before the great city sights, remove the workbook from the bag, uncap the marker, and then turn around before starting to draw. It’s the street furniture, the everyday, the ubiquitous stuff that is easily overlooked that makes a city what it really is. It’s a kind of anti-celebrity view of the world that I like. They creep in, of course: the Post Office Tower, Canary Wharf or the Gherkin crane their necks to get a look in, but I try, at least, to keep them in their place.

I was editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine for several years, and am now a freelance journalist. I recently joined an artist-run gallery called Skylark, which is close to Tate Modern on London’s South Bank. It’s this sense of artistic community that I love, and why I am happy to be part of Urban Sketchers."

• James' blog.
• James' art on Flickr.
• James' website.

11 comments :

adebanji said...

Welcome to the sketchworld hope to see more of your latest work!!

lapin said...

welcome on board, I'm impatient to see more of one of my favourite town through your eyes!

Isabel said...

Nice to have you here I lived on an off London for 15 years and I love to rediscover it in your sketches

TIA said...

Greetings from Singapore! London is one of my favourite cities but too expensive for me to fly there and sketch! cant wait to see more of your post.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Hi James - welcome to Urban Sketchers.

Looks to me like we could maybe think about trying to arrange an Urban Sketchers London correspondents' mini sketchcrawl at some point!

memi said...

Welcome, James!
I wonder if you remember when you gave me a fab opportunity and did a spread on my sketchbook for A/I??!! Nice to be in touch again!
Mundane turns magnificent in the right hands!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Hey, James, welcome aboard! I like your strong, graphic style...

Stephen Gardner said...

Welcome James, always love to see drawings from England, I used to live in both Devon and Cornwall.

Don McNulty said...

Glad you are going to post here. Wonderful drawings. I love London. Could you tell us the size of the original drawng?

James Hobbs said...

Blimey. Thanks everyone. I'm glad to be here.
Love to you all.

matthew_c said...

I like your sketches. Welcome - I'm looking forward to seeing more of London.