The Birmingham Urban Sketchers and the Birmingham Jazz Festival

The Birmingham Urban Sketchers and the Birmingham Jazz Festival

Sketching the Birmingham Jazz Festival. This was a challenge! Sketching bands full of lively musicians, and the deafening sounds of jazz. I little realized how this vibrant atmosphere of colour and beating music was to influence my drawing. The beat seemed to speed up the pace of the drawings and form a kind of rhythm, I didn’t care about the results so much, I was enjoying it and producing looser and more spontaneous work. This was of great benefit as speed was needed to capture the atmosphere and movement of the events. Also, up to this point, all my sketches were in pencil. I now needed colour, something I had avoided.

Urban sketches are mainly done in ink and watercolour, and all the other sketcher’s were using these materials. Obviously a mistake with a pen and ink cannot be erased, and I had never used watercolours…