Lizzy on the Road

Last October- Inktober 2017

I decided to take on the challenge last year, as a foundation to the development of a sense of style and composition that I would use as the research to build my Master's Project upon. 

It was simple, everyday on my way to school or back home in the evening, I would observe my route and how the how contrast of shadows shaped the most mundane of scenery.  Taking what would otherwise be overlooked on a daily commute, the view you see everyday that eventually becomes one muddle image in your memory; and picking it apart and giving them a small spotlight. 

I completed all 31 days but here just a few of my favourites. I plan to compile the whole project into a book one day. 


The Lane - Behind the Book

I decided one day to walk to school, it's not that far and I would be saving money. However when I started to walk, the wanderer in me started to look around. Coldharbour Lane, a single street that goes straight to my home to school, had a lot to inspire in me. 

So began the beginning of this book, another ode to South London. There is a charm I find always fascinating. The shop fronts, the rows of Victorian houses, the arches with trains rolling by. All coated in leaves as the late Autumn turned to Winter.

I started by creating watercolors of my favorite shops.

I couldn't resist doing some of my favorite line drawings as well

Then one day I had a monoprint workshop and thought this is it! The language I wanted. I could be controlled with my line as much as want but the unpredictability of monoprint would find some way to messed it up, or better yet, Improve it. 

I decided to it was the prefect medium to draw something I saw everyday (for 3 weeks in fact) and always give it new life with every new print.

It was nerve wrecking excitement with every reveal, and I carried on till I had enough images to edit into a book.  The final outcome which I loved because I truly made something that felt completely hand made. I will definitely keep exploring it in my practice.

Capturing the mood

Lately I've been carrying around a small sketchbook and a few pens to capture my daily life, I've decided that when i'm drawing, i'm capturing not just the location but the mood.  I hope to improve my line drawings aswell, so it looks more fluid and less architecture book.

Eden Project Cornwall

I took a trip to the very South of England to the County of Cornwall, where I spent two days at the Eden Project 'Bio-Dome' Greenhouses. It was a lovely experience, and to go so far on my own was very freeing, although I think the best part of the journey funnily enough was the 5 hour train journey! I just love staring out the window when I travel.

Here some of the sketches I did, I think I gravitated more vines and floppy leaves. 

If you can make the trip, I totally recommended a visit!