A new commission in a brand new building

Posted on Sep 6, 2018
A new commission in a brand new building

Today Lidl opened a new superstore on Easter Road, and they commissioned me to create a sketch for their wall. The brief was to show the new store as both part of the local area and Edinburgh as a whole. I really enjoyed sketching this out as it was a little stretch for me as […]

The Café Royal, on West Register Street.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017
The Café Royal, on West Register Street.

The Café Royal is a true Edinburgh landmark, with its beautiful lines and exquisite stonework it has long been a building I have wanted to draw. Designed by architect Robert Paterson the elegant stained glass and Victorian plaster work make this a stunning building, especially when light up at night which it was when I visited just […]

WhereArtI : 30th January 2017 : Edinburgh

Posted on Jan 30, 2017
WhereArtI : 30th January 2017 : Edinburgh

Can you name this Edinburgh location I have sketched? If so click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday and they will go on to the ‘Winners wall’. At the end of the month those on the wall will be entered into a draw to receive […]

Great King Street in Edinburgh’s New Town

Posted on Jul 21, 2015
Great King Street in Edinburgh’s New Town

This is Great King Street in Edinburgh’s stunning New Town, drawn in black ink fine liner for a client. Edinburgh’s New Town is home to sunning Georgian architecture, straight lines and symmetry that stands in stark contrast to the Old Town and its higgledy piggledy closes and cobbled alleyways. I love the contrast, and walking […]

Stockbridge Commission

Posted on Dec 29, 2014
Stockbridge Commission

One of my favourite Christmas commissions this year was this montage of Stockbridge, a beautiful area of Edinburgh close to the Water of Leith and full of interesting wee shops and relaxing places to walk.   Before starting a sketch like this I create the montage of photographs either taken by myself or supplied by […]

Valentino Rossi commission

Posted on Jun 12, 2014
Valentino Rossi commission

Valentino Rossi, one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time is the subject of this recent EdinburghSketcher commission.   Good morning. Last night I showed you a close up of this sketch and asked if you knew who it was. Here is the full version. I love the cross-hatch shading, I find it […]

Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

Posted on Apr 22, 2014
Pinnies and Poppy Seeds on St Mary’s Street

This week I sketched this lovely wee shop on St Mary’s Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Turn off the Royal Mile and follow your nose to this delightful wee shop selling scrumptious shortbread in wonderful flavours. By constantly experimenting with new flavours and interesting and creative ideas the wafts of lemon and fresh baking smells are […]

Commission-tastic Christmas

Posted on Dec 3, 2013
Commission-tastic Christmas

So many commissions to do lately which is fabulous, thanks to everyone who has ordered an original Edinburgh Sketcher piece as a gift this year. I’m off this lunchtime to my usual haunt, a wee table in a warm coffee shop. You may see me scribbling away, photo propped up on a full coffee cup, […]

Tiny tiny ivy leaves

Posted on Oct 4, 2013

Hello. This is a close up of a commission I have almost finished, I’ll post the whole thing once it’s delivered but though I’d show you this wee bit.   Yesterday I must of spent a good 20 minutes inking in all the tiny ivy leaves on this wall. It was extremely calming and therapeutic. […]

Them boots were made for walking

Posted on Sep 10, 2013

Here is a commission I delivered today, a pair of walking boots that have travelled the world climbing mountains and crossing rivers with their owner.   I love how objects such as these can remind you of past adventures, and people grow emotional attachments to them after being through so much together. This sketch shows […]

Sun, sand and the family

Posted on Aug 6, 2013
Sun, sand and the family

This sketch although drawn yesterday and coloured in today is actually from almost a month ago, when a heatwave hit the UK. The Sketcher family all headed to Gullane Beach, an award winning piece of coastline just 30 minutes East from Edinburgh.   This ink line drawing with a watercolour wash shows Mrs Sketcher and […]

Best friends

Posted on Jan 20, 2013

Today I’m organising sketches for a gallery hanging so my daily sketch is a cheat, a commission I drew over Christmas but have yet to upload to the website. These two were inseparable, best pals. One a friendly and very laid back labrador, the other a cuddly bunny. Sadly the pair are no longer with us but this sketch from a family photo is a great reminder of their friendship.
If you would like to commission a family sketch then contact me HERE, prices start at £48

Matt Bell racing

Posted on Oct 2, 2012

This is the second of two racing commissions I completed for a client last month. This one is Matt Bell and the McLaren car he regularly races at tracks around the UK.

Driver and car commission

Posted on Oct 2, 2012

Two more racing driver commissions last month, this is the first. I’m building quite a collection now, of drivers and their beautiful cars.