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How it's made | #meetthemaker

I often start a new commission worrying that I’m not going to be able to get it just right. That I won’t be able to immerse myself in it, that I won’t do it justice, and mostly that the customer won’t like it!! Unfortunately that’s inevitable in this line of work as art is so subjective - luckily I’ve not had any disappointment to date!

Before I start a new piece, whether it’s been commissioned by a customer or it’s something I am doing for myself, I try and look at the building in question from as many points of view as possible and read up about it’s history and architectural background. I then draft up a sketch, often measuring and calculating spaces as I find them hard to see (see ‘About me’ post). I then either send it to the customer for feedback or do a self-approval if it’s for me! I don’t include too much detail on the sketch as it’s a waste of time if I’m going over it with ink anyway! I have always used a Staedtler mechanical pencil on Daler-Rowney heavyweight card and will continue to do so until I find something better!

Once the sketch has been approved, I then begin going over the lines and adding in the detail with a 0.3 Faber-Castell PITT liner which is an Indian ink pigment. It virtually doesn’t fade and is completely water resistant. Unfortunately they haven’t developed a coffee-proof ink to date...

And that’s kind of it! Each drawing takes a good 12 hours which means about 5 late nights of work for me! It can be tough sitting down after a long day of mummyjng but when something brings you as much joy and calm as drawing does me, it’s pretty great.

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