Last weekend I met up with the Bristol Urban Sketchers.
They are a really inspirational group and even though I have only just started drawing they are really welcoming and I have been trying to get to their meet ups each month since I started back in January.
Octobers meeting took place at Millennium Square in Bristol. It is a great space with @Bristol (a science based exhibition and education center) and the large mirrored sphere (pictured here) is actually a 3D planetarium! Next to it is a sculpture of a tree which is actually made from solar panels and is free for people to plug into and charge their electronic devices whilst they sit there are take in the views.
I decided to sit for a while and drawer the scene, not the easiest but an enjoyable 30 odd minutes sat sketching and watching people.
This is also where the harbourside is. Bristol is still a busy harbour and there are boats people live on, tourist vessels, water taxi's, working vessels as well as beautiful replicas such as the wooden boat the Matthew and of course the SS Great Britain.
I decided to do a quick sketch of a boat whilst I was walking along the harbourside
After we have all sketched we meet up to share our sketches and usually grab some lunch or a cuppa. This time whilst we were sat in the cafe a group of people on the next table all burst into song..they were an acapella group about to sing at a wedding in the Cathedral and were warming up! I don't think the tourists could quite believe, all us sketchers with our kits etc and then the singers on the very next table!!
This is the group shot my hubby kindly took. The umbrella was won in a silent auction by fellow sketcher, Ed, and has been sketched all over! A brilliant idea.
As a new sketcher I was uncomfortable in sharing and joining a group, but I am so glad I did and recommend it.
There are SO many different styles that each time I see or learn something new.