Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great night. I was sketching at the world famous Edinburgh Street Party with over 80,000 revellers from around the globe.
Armed with my torch light, pen and watercolours I set off into the crowded streets of Edinburgh to see what I could capture in my sketchpad. If you follow me on twitter, Instagram or facebook you may of seen quick snaps of my sketches in your timeline but here I have scanned them for better quality.
With so much on offer this year it was hard to decide where to start. Thankfully the #blogmanay media centre was at the Assembly Hall right next to the Hot Dub Time Machine stage on the Mound. Anthem after anthem was blasted out over the cheering crowd which was jumping all the way down to Princes Street. The Sketch above shows the stage and behind it the Museum on the Mound. I could of stayed there all night very happy.
Instead I made my way down the Mound and into the Princes Street Gardens concert just as Soul II Soul were singing ‘Keep on Moving’ underneath Edinburgh Castle. I positioned myself high up towards the back and sketched the stage with the castle above.
After a short break and a word or two from compare Grant Stott (who did an excellent job as ever) Lily Allen took the stage for the main event. Belting out her well known pop tunes Lily didn’t disappoint and as she left the stage for the countdown the crowd were going wild.
For the first time the Castle was lit with different colours for each second in the final moments of 2014 as thousands of people counted down together. The fireworks were amazing of course, truly spectacular and being in the Gardens it seemed like they were going off all around me. I sketched away trying my best to capture each explosion!
I’d like to thank the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay team for helping me with access, it was a great experience and a terrific way to start 2015. I hope you enjoyed my sketching 🙂
Hot Dub Time Machine
I had an excellent time today at ‘Jousting Spectacular!’ at Linlithgow Palace. Super sunny vibe around the place and very funny commentator on the PA. Well done Historic Scotland and all involved. It’s on again tomorrow (Sun, 6th July) so ‘charge’ along if you can.
I’m off out in the Edinburgh sunshine now to take photos of my sketches from the day. More to come here soon
There is a iron structure growing out of the Edinburgh Castle ramparts.
If you look up towards Castle Rock just now no doubt you will see a number of cranes reaching up to the sky. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming to Edinburgh once again and with it the mighty structure of metal work which will play host to a 1000+ cast as the 65th tattoo celebrates Homecoming.
This view shows the start of the seating going up in the castle esplanade from the Castle Wynd Steps. Over 200,000 people will attend the tattoo this August and I am particularly excited as for the first time I will be amongst them.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website
I’ve built us an ark, I think were gonna need it. You’re all welcome, it’s parked in front of the Castle.
They don’t all work out. This is a glimpse of the Castle through a housing estate from my journey to work.
This view caused me to stop my bike and pull out the pad. I liked the old of the castle with the new of the housing estate.
I’m not so pleased with the result, a little lob sided, a little messy and unfinished. But the daily sketch is what ever result I get that day, I’ll come back to draw this view another day, with a little more time.
Morning sketch fans, more rain showers forecast for today across the city so I thought I’d draw a photo I took from the bus a couple of weeks ago when a monsoon like downpour hit Edinburgh. Here we are at the top of Leith Street turning onto Princes Street, before heading left on to the North Bridge.
Have fun dodging the showers today 😉
Anyone know who the statue of the horse and rider is for…?