December’s Herald

Can you believe it’s nearly December? This year seems to have flown by, accelerating as it passed. This morning we were back at music school, and during my 30 minutes of sketch time I got my eye on the percussion box; nestling inside were these funny little sleigh bells. I had to smile that one of the little clappers had been replaced by a metal bead on a bit of bent wire, a nice example of make do and mend. Somehow, having a go at drawing them seemed appropriate – and before I started I realised that it would not be without its challenges. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, they say.

Silver Bells Ink and TombowsAs so often on a Saturday, I used the black fineliner and Tombow combo. The silvery grey of the bells gave me a problem which I solved with rather a lot of blue, but that was amusing to do. The bell shapes were also not without difficulties, which is why this sketch has ended up rather close to the right hand edge of the paper. Well, the best laid plans… My favourite part of this sketch is the shadow under the handle, which just went on easily today.

Saturday Band

For us, Saturday morning means Saturday Band at the West Norfolk Music Centre. Adults and children alike are welcome, and join together in a sometimes harmonious ensemble.

Music centre watercolourToday was the first day for my son joining in the brass group, so I had time to sketch while they played for half an hour. I had packed light – just a watercolour sketchbook and a sepia fineliner pen. However, when I came to start I didn’t fancy using the sepia, so I dug around in my handbag and found a ballpoint, which answered my need much better. It wasn’t too bad sketching out the players and conductor, as they kept relatively still while they were actually playing, entirely focused on the music.

I noted down the colours and completed these with watercolours when I got home. I really enjoyed this sketching session, and think that I might try to use these spare moments (complete with captive, oblivious models) more often on a Saturday. It’s not bad, drawing with a live soundtrack!