Not only does St Mary’s have some amazing towers, a trumpeter which plays every hour from the top of the taller tower in four directions but it also stands out in the main square because of it’s brickwork and 45 degree positioning in the main square.
It’s also challenging to sketch as it’s tall and narrow with some white detailing – ie. hard to fit on your page and the details are fiddly. I think it needs to be sketched fairly large but I don’t like rotating my A4 sketchbook so I have to fit in in a 30cm height,
My first attempt was at the end of the first day. I had already done eight sketches so was a little tired. I had to do some creative shrinking to fit it on my page and there were a number of other ‘mild disasters’ while I was sketching this. But as often the case, once you remove yourself from the scene, the sketch starts to look better!
And then I did an ink sketch of the whole scene – in some ways this was my favourite at the time of the three versions I did that day, mainly because it felt the easiest for me to do at the time.
On our last sketching day, when we were with the local Urban Sketchers group (see more here) I did this version from the cafe on the upper level of the Cloth Hall.
All in all, I’m happy with my collection of St Mary’s sketches, but I would have liked to have sketched it from a few more side/oblique views.
Do you do multiple sketches of one building/icon in a place (where you live or when you travel)? What makes it special, why it is that you feel compelled to sketch it more than once?
Or are you someone who only sketches something once?