West Bow leading up from the Grassmarket to Victoria Street.

Posted on Oct 18, 2018
West Bow leading up from the Grassmarket to Victoria Street.

One of Edinburgh’s most photographed streets and a must see part of the city’s beautiful old town.

This morning I was in town dropping off the first of my Christmas card deliveries to shops on the Royal Mile, and so I had a wander around the old town.

Last week I photographed Victoria Street in the hope of using the photos to sketch from in the comfort of my studio. But there is no comparison for me in sketching from a photo to sketching on location, the angles, colours and overall feel of the sketch is much more alive when drawn right there in the moment.

And so I started to scribble away from the police box on the corner of West Bow and the Grassmarket.

Its always great to meet people passing by when sketching on location too, a colourful mixture of locals, tourists often come up to see what I am doing and say hello. It always adds a little something special to the sketch and my memory of making it, so thanks for that those I met today!

Today’s sketch was drawn with a 0.4 fine liner and a waterbrush, in an A5 sketchpad. 


1 Comment

  1. Edinburgh Sketcher
    22nd October 2018

    This sketch is now available as a signed and mounted print in two sizes, here:


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