Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bristol environ



Bristol is an interesting city to live in with lots to sketch. I had the pleasure of sketch-crawling with my talented French colleague Monsieur Zebe. We passed a couple of lazy Saturday afternoons sketching people & buildings around town.



The Llandoger Trow pub is apparently where Stevenson was inspired to write Treasure Island & Defoe came up with Robinson Crusoe.


Check out Zebe's version.


Now the summer is (sometimes) here the riversides are full of people relaxing & drinking in the sun.



Around the harbour close to Aardman there are lots of stationed train wagons, cranes & crusty old boats to sketch.


See Zebe's sketch of the same crane here.





The Bristol Mod-Squad often bring their customised Lambrettas down to the harbourside to show off. One of them has the Godfather theme as a horn tune.


You can't beat some good old traditional Morris dancing!




On a day trip out of Bristol I visited Wells and drew the famous Cathedral. Later that afternoon I climbed up to Glastonbury Tor.


Bath and Wells are very close to Bristol & both towns offer great architecture to sketch.

21 comments:

WJC said...

Oh fantastic! I recognise all those places (except Wells as I didn't stop long), great art as usual.

JP said...

awesome. Looks like you had a terrace table outside browns there. You around next week? hope to catch life drawing if poss.

Matt J said...

Thanks fellas-no more life drawing I'm afraid JP. But that terrace table at Brown's will always be there!

Bianca Ansems said...

Next week I'll be starting a two-week internship at Aardman (mainly aztec but probably also gasferry). I look forward to all the things I can sketch in town.
I really love your drawings. A great inspiration!

Oscar Grillo said...

I am looking forwards to see The Morris Dancing's World Festival in Bristol next December. Can't wait!

Matt J said...

Yes! I'll be there too Oscar-do u have a knobbly stick with a bell on the end to tap against mine?

Oscar Grillo said...

I am sure I'll be able to recognise you for your Tintin's quiff.

Matt J said...

Do you know the meaning of 'quiff' in Belgian?

max said...

Great stuff Matt, magic as ever.

Zeljko said...

Very nice sketches!

Paul's Paper Escapade said...

Awesome sketch sesh!! THe buildings are all detailed and I like how you bounce the line weight

Zaff said...

sympa sympa

j'aime beaucoup le loubard tatoué sur le bras

Un loubard touriste hahah !

si il te voit le dessiner et que ça ne lui plait il te met un coup de poing qui te renvoi de la ou tu viens ..

Alina Chau said...

Beautiful set!!

wibbler said...

Blimey - I haven't been back to Bristol since I left uni 40 years ago, but I recognised that corner by the Triangle instantly!

Munchanka said...

Great stuff, man. I love the labrettas. Solid blog!

Kristian said...

all so wonderful. The wagons on the track are especially interesting. The top one is also handling deftly

Coreopsis said...

Wonderful collection of people and places. I am ENVIOUS at how you can draw those great architectural structures--such fabulous details, perspectives--and such expressive people....

Heather Dixon said...

Awesome. I love your art.

Terry Banderas said...

Love all of your drawings. Nice posts all.

Matt J said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone-most appreciated.

chia said...

i studied in bath for a few years :) had my graduation ceremony at the Bath Abbey! I LOVE your style!!! Absolutely gorgeous!