I'm still recovering from yesterday. James Hobbs and I were approached to talk about urban sketching on BBC R4's Saturday Live, sometime mid-week. Couldn't really refuse as such an amazing opportunity to promote USK…but on the radio…with approx 2 million listeners, what's not to be nervous about! Needless to say after a very poor night's sleep, I got to Media City where BBC North is located. No croissants and convivial company for me - just an outside broadcast pod and a helpful security guard. I had to plead for a glass of water. And so the interview....well it was brief and I was very nervous but hopefully we got our enthusiasm for USK across on national radio!
And then a quick tram across town to Victoria Station for our first SketchCrawl (to coincide with the 42nd Worldwide SketchCrawl). I'll be honest...I felt completely wiped out from the radio experience (if not a little traumatised) and found it difficult to switch into sketching mode, but we had a fabulous turnout, maybe 30-40 people across the day, including some people I didn't get to talk to (I'm so sorry!). Some quick introductions then off out onto the streets of Manchester. My first sketch was looking at the National Football Museum across Cathedral Gardens. then lunchtime.
Unfortunately we hadn't factored in Manchester City (Football Club) playing at home so the pub we'd chosen was packed full of football fans….so somewhat slightly disorganised lunch time arrangements then off to the National Football Museum for some indoor sketching.
Later afternoon we battled the awful January weather up to Kro Bar in Picacdilly Gardens to meet the lovely Lynne Chapman and the Sheffield sketchers who'd spent the day drawing at Manchester Museum. Whilst it was great to all meet up, the bar was absolutely packed - and with lots of sketchers(!), but unfortunately with no space to put all the work together, so our normal show and tell didn't really happen although we managed to photograph some of the work…and what a collection of work there was including even iPad sketching!
I'm not sure if it was was what new sketchers were expecting, certainly bad weather and busy Saturday afterrnoon shoppers made for a more frenetic experience than our usual Sunday afternoons, but it felt important to keep to the Worldwide SketchCrawl date. Great for us to properly meet the Sheffield group and here's to future sketching collaborations...not sure about radio interviews though!!
|BBC outside broadcast pod|
|Spot the urban sketchers!|
|Pencil drawing before adding watercolour|
|Inside the National Football Museum|
|A very packed Kro Bar|
|Some of the work from the SketchCrawl|