Saturday was an Urban Sketchers day, so I headed down to the NHM to my beloved mineral room to squint at the fabulous specimens in their glass cases. For my next three gem cards, I want to do opals, tourmalines and beryls, and I fancied including some crystals and a massive. This sort of drawing is pretty intense, partly because these objects were rather small, and because crystal growth is relatively new to me. As usual, angles and proportion are very important, and to get an accurate representation, one must pay attention to them.
I really didn't think I'd have to wait until the end of May to get back to my beloved theatres, but I did. When it comes to the cold, I rate at the weedy end of the scale. The Duke of York's is the other theatre in St Martin's Lane which has delightful iron work across the front. Not having drawn these for six months, I was a bit concerned I might suffer from 'first night nerves'. As it turned out, having got the position and proportions of the pillars right, it all came flooding back, and I hadn't forgotten my lines afterall!
This is the one in King's Cross. I did want to draw far enough down to get the lovely red sign in, but as usual the paper I had was too small. After an hour and a half, the sun was setting, and the nip in the air had become prominent. Time to leave. I meant to do something small, quick and cute, but unfortunately, drawings, like roads, are often paved with good intentions.
There is a gap in my set of Chelsea drawings. If I had them in 3 rows of 3, there wouldn't be, but as it is, I need one more. For now. Not many boroughs have such attractive street 'furniture', and I thought this cross between architecture and still life would be an alternative one for a placement print. I like it as a pencil drawing, but on later inspection, I'd put in too many segments round the top.