Borough Market is one of my favourite markets in London, so I was excited to learn this was going to be the place for our 2nd drawing trip of the term. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go the day we were supposed to, which meant I had to go back by myself to complete the exercise another day.
We had been asked to capture moments through rough sketches, focusing on movement. As such, I thought I’d try and fight my usual controlled hand and draw more loosely, which would get a sense of movement present within my images.
It seemed to work quite well. Even though I don’t get that feeling of movement in every drawing, I do feel they capture the buzz and the environment of the market.
Overall, I feel this was quite a helpful exercise. It reminded me that I don’t have to draw straight, controlled lines all the time, and that loose sketches can also help define the feeling of a place.
While borrowing a book by Virginia Woolf from the LCC library to read in my spare time, I remembered Virginia’s first edition books had very nice illustrated covers. They were made by Virginia’s own sister, Vanessa Bell, who was an artist and member of the Bloomsbury group.
What I like about Vanessa’s covers is that they appear very raw, very hand-made, as if she drew the cover of each and every copy of a book, one by one.
Perhaps this comes from the style of her drawings, or the feeling that she didn’t bother making them perfect and rather embraced their imperfections.
Either way, I feel these are very interesting, unique covers, which certainly capture the atention of potential buyers. As such, I thought I’d use them as inspiration for my own designs.
About a year ago, there was an exhibition at A Casa das Histórias named Old Meets New with works by Paula Rego. Some of these works had previously been in the gallery Marlborough Fine Arts, which often exhibits this artist’s works.
I became interested in this exhibition when I found out some of the works displayed were inspired by two novels by Eça de Queirós, one of which was “O Primo Basílio”, which I am including in my author collection.
“Breakfast” (2015) represents one of the first scenes in the narrative, set in a very hot Summer morning. I do feel this illustration is true to the writing – this image is not that different from what I pictured when reading – and, for that, I quite like it.
In fact, I do think Paula Rego captured the essence of the narrative very well with these images, and particularly the personality of the main character, Luísa (the blonde woman).