[By Mike Daikubara in UK] The day after the USk Symposium, my family and I headed to Liverpool to spend a day touring around the renowned birth place of the Beatles. I haven't listened to the Beatles in a while but listening to albums such as Abby Road on the train ride to Liverpool quickly brought back great memories.
First stop was 'The Beatles Story' - a massive exhibition that showed pretty much everything about the band and their lives. It was a self guiding tour where you rented out headsets to hear stories about the exhibition. I came here to sketch so I didn't rent a head set - probably the only one inside without a headset.
This sketch is the recreated stage of the old Cavern club where the Beatles performed over 300 times.
Next was this huge yellow shape inside the Yellow Submarine section.
Later on at a gift shop I found this really cool sculpture called the Super Lambanana and fell in love with it right away. Learning that it was an actual sculpture installed in the city, I had to go check it out! 2 in a row I ended up drawing a really big orange/yellow object!
My last sketch before it got dark - a really nice looking building which actually housed a modern hotel.
Our hotel was a hotel inspired by the Beatles. They didn't have a room for 3 people so we ended up getting 2 rooms and my room was really nice - recently renovated and even had a balcony. I loved the whole Beatles theme in the room.
Next morning: a quick sketch of a building across the train station before our train to Edinburgh.
On the train my wife & mother in law played cards. During the trip we were handed drinks and food and this pork pie was just amazing! The yellow mustard made it taste real good too.
In Edinburgh, our first stop was to go see the Edinburgh Castle. It's on top of a cliff overlooking the city and was massive.
Walking around, there were so many wonderful subjects to sketch so with my limited time I had to be real selective. This room with the fireplace, red walls and armory really caught my attention. Since there were a lot of people I stood to the corner out of the way of people and worked on this sketch.
As I was beginning to color, one of the employees began chatting with me about my sketch and my tools and then asked me if I wanted to come inside the blocked off area to sit! wow, I was really happy with this since I'm mostly used to people telling me I can't sketch inside especially inside these historic sites.
Here's the friendly employee that let me sit at a bench inside the blocked off area so I could finish my sketch!
Here's a view overlooking the city. I was fascinated with this cemetery created just for dogs!
Here's a scene from the gun that gets fired everyday at 1pm.
My wife/mother in law had reserved a nice spot 30 minutes before and I was able to slip in the very last minute!
At the end of the Royal mile was the Palace of HolyRoodhouse - the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
Panoramic sketch to wrap up the day. The Edinburgh International Festival was starting next week - I wish I could have checked it out.
Next day: Early morning sketch out of my hotel window before leaving to go to Glasgow.
The trip to Glasgow was smooth and easy. After checking in, I asked for a recommendation to a nice lunch place that served Scottish food and was recommended here.
Food was good and the atmosphere real nice - but I was hoping for something a little more different...
Down the street was the Gallery of Modern Art - I've seen this cone sculpture before and didn't know it was real!
In the city center was this beautiful park with tons of sculptures. I found it entertaining in that every single sculpture had a bird sitting on the head!
Below is the last sketch with a flight back to Boston: the first time attempting this progress view out of the plane window- I've seen many USkers do this and wanted to give it a try :)
Well that is it - wrapping up my 16 day UK trip.
Hope you enjoyed these as much as I enjoyed sketching these and thanks for looking.
What a wonderful country - Definitely would like to be back again!
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Part 1: London
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