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Cornwall Sketchbook

This summer I decided to visit friends in Newquay, Cornwall and of course I had to take a sketchbook with me. I had already been to Cornwall once when I had to film a project for my Degree as a student. I must say one week in Cornwall is perfect for a break, with its vast beaches, cider farms, and a surprise open air theatre performance, (amongst other things) I must say I felt like I was cheating to get inspired. And so between one Cornish pasty and another, I sketched the below..  

Still shaking the dust off my fingers on the first page of my sketchbook (yes it is indeed a Moleskine sketchbook, I found they are excellent for Promarkers since they don't let the ink bleed through the page as much) These were some sketches for a project I had in mind

Still shaking the dust off my fingers on the first page of my sketchbook (yes it is indeed a Moleskine sketchbook, I found they are excellent for Promarkers since they don't let the ink bleed through the page as much) These were some sketches for a project I had in mind

Still just doodling around. I was reading my first Woolf here so decided to draw a fellow with a funny haircut and a little book

Still just doodling around. I was reading my first Woolf here so decided to draw a fellow with a funny haircut and a little book

I wanted to draw some cats (surprise surprise) because I just think they are so elegant and can't stop myself from drawing them.. so this little sketch came about

I wanted to draw some cats (surprise surprise) because I just think they are so elegant and can't stop myself from drawing them.. so this little sketch came about

"Are you going into another kitsch shop?" my friends would say as we strolled around St.Ives and Newquay. At first it was yes, yes, yes but we quickly got tired of lighthouses, boats and beach huts, I still think they make sweet souvenirs though :) After drawing this, I realised  I subconsciously drew the little boat and the sea because I was seeing them everywhere! Not complaining.. 

"Are you going into another kitsch shop?" my friends would say as we strolled around St.Ives and Newquay. At first it was yes, yes, yes but we quickly got tired of lighthouses, boats and beach huts, I still think they make sweet souvenirs though :) After drawing this, I realised  I subconsciously drew the little boat and the sea because I was seeing them everywhere! Not complaining.. 

And back to cats.. here I was interested in bold silhouettes that told a story, in my head, it's a girl who wants to take home yet ANOTHER cat. The grown up isn't happy about it, or is she?

And back to cats.. here I was interested in bold silhouettes that told a story, in my head, it's a girl who wants to take home yet ANOTHER cat. The grown up isn't happy about it, or is she?

We were drinking some lovely red wine when I was drawing this so it was only fair for me to draw this illustration. Any excuse to drink, and any excuse to draw... (At this point my partner asked "Why are you drawing Japanese people?" "I don't know" was the answer)

We were drinking some lovely red wine when I was drawing this so it was only fair for me to draw this illustration. Any excuse to drink, and any excuse to draw... (At this point my partner asked "Why are you drawing Japanese people?" "I don't know" was the answer)

My last sketch from Cornwall, once again the theme of sea, sailors and marines is evident. I was interested in creating a composition of people here. They did end up looking a bit creepy and I suspect it's their black sclera ;) to me they looked like Cornish Sailor Zombies in the end, hence the caption 'We Come in Peace'

My last sketch from Cornwall, once again the theme of sea, sailors and marines is evident. I was interested in creating a composition of people here. They did end up looking a bit creepy and I suspect it's their black sclera ;) to me they looked like Cornish Sailor Zombies in the end, hence the caption 'We Come in Peace'