March 29th was the 18th World Wide Sketch Crawl & once again our small ensemble headed back in time to sketch another medieval hill town. This time we hopped across the border into Italy. I'd found this picture of Cerriana in a book of old photos by Jean Giletta & thought it looked really great to draw & it's only an hours drive from Nice, in the mountains above San Remo.
We rolled into town to find it deserted & populated entirely by 3-wheel Piaggio mini-vans. The streets of the old town are too narrow for cars so the residents use these to get around & transport heavy goods.
This month's sketch-crawlers were Carlos, Emma, Francois-Xavier & myself.
We found a great spot over-looking the town & set to work.
I warmed up with a sketch of F.X. drawing the old Roman church.
The architecture of the town is stunning with the ancient buildings somehow fused with the rock. There's an entire absence of town planning where houses have been built on top of each other at every angle!
I wanted to loosen up a little & went straight at the next one with diluted ink & a fat brush.
The locals were inquisitive & asked me why I was drawing the town-my Italian only extends to 'Bella, bellisima!' but they got the point.
An old lady with a hairy chin gave me a tour of the old Roman church, of which she was the guardian.
I ended the day with a drawing made from the same angle as the Giletta photograph.
Another fine sketchcrawl in glorious surroundings fine weather. Can't wait for the next one . . .
Everyones sketches from the day can be viwed here.