For this drawing, I did it freehand with a fairly thick felt-tipped marker. Sometimes that works better than if I scuff away first in pencil, but then I never know exactly what I'm going to get. I like the slight hesitancy of the lines here, it kind of works for this picture.
I spent all day yesterday moaning about having to sit in front of my computer and answer e-mails and set up Powerpoint presentations, so this morning I cycled the 14-mile loop of the Thames Path from my house and took a few photos. I discovered a new section of the path (cutting through Surrey Docks Farm) which pleased me to no end. The cafe there looks great, I must go try it sometime when it's open. I had coffee at the Brunel Museum cafe (only £1!), which was open early today for kid workshops.
This huge building site in the Docklands looks almost like a lunar landscape.
Fabulous looking old machinery in Surrey Quays.
Almost abstract art, such great colours and textures.
Some poor cyclist named Darren got killed here. :(
Shadwell Basin and the Gherkin:
More cool machinery. The cormorants and I were both staring at it.
A few critters on my newly discovered section of the path.
And a duck with a great hairdo.