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WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 21st September

Can you tell me where I have sketched?

A close up on a famous building in the city, but where?

Leave your answer in the comment box below.

Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer. Closing time for entering is midnight tonight and I will pick a random winner from all correct entries by this time tomorrow.

This week’s prize is a screen printed tote bag featuring my Edinburgh Castle illustration.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed later today, and remember you can also see my weekly competition in the printed version of the Edinburgh Evening News each Monday.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

My Edinburgh sketched merchandise is available on my Etsy shop and I am now available for Christmas commissions. Email contact@edinburghsketcher.com for more details.

Urban Sketching with Cassandra and Mark
Join in my fortnightly online workshops with Edinburgh artist Cassandra Harrison. Every other Tuesday evening from 7pm – 8.15pm

WhereArtI Edinburgh?

Monday 3rd August

Can you tell me where I have sketched?

August already, this strange year is passing awfully fast don’t you think?!

Leave your answer in the comment box below. Your comment will not show up until I reveal the answer, which I will do before the end of the day.

I will pick a random winner from all correct entries and they will go on to the ‘Winners wall’ for the month. At the end of the month one of those will be picked to receive a prize.

The prize for August is a screen printed tea towel featuring my Victoria Street illustration.

Keep an eye on my facebook and twitter feeds for clues if they are needed later today, and I will pick a winner for the Winners Wall before the end of the day.

Keep looking up and noticing the beauty in the everyday, you never know where I will be sketching next!

If you would like to buy an Edinburgh Sketcher tea towel you can find all 4 designs in my Etsy shop.

Autumnal West End gift card now available

To celebrate sketching a window display in Edinburgh’s West End I have created a number of gift cards featuring my design.

When I was asked to draw onto the glass window of Paper Tiger’s Stafford Street shop I jumped at the chance, it is great to see my sketches so big and a challenge to create something new each time that attracts the eye as people pass by.

We created a three dimensional effect by drawing part of the image (a portrait of John Scott Russell – a former resident of the Stafford Street building) directly onto the glass and then creating a background drawing featuring the local area to hang inside, behind the portrait.

The image above shows the finished window which I think works really well. I used posca markers to draw the outline and then poster paints to add the colour.

The background image of the West End features Edinburgh Castle above St Johns Church and St Cuthbert’s Church, which lie on Lothian Road. The sketch is slightly stylised with the hill to the castle exaggerated to give each of these fine buildings their own space.

This sketch is now available as a 140mm square giftcard HERE and also from the Paper Tiger shop on Stafford Street. 

Scottish wild flowers in Victoria Park

Flowers Victoria Park
There is a beautiful patch of wild looking flowers in Victoria Park running alongside the cycle path entrance and tunnel which runs under Craighall Road.

Yesterday I took and hour to capture a small selection in ink and watercolour. Drawing for me has always been a way of relaxing, of taking time out of an otherwise hectic day and to shut out the million and one things arguing for space in my head. Just for an hour or so this can be hugely beneficial and often causes a new perspective on things once I return from my ‘me time’.

I recommend you do the same, either with myself on one of my Sketcher Days or just on your own. Pick up a pad and pen and get creative!

Join me this Friday and on dates throughout September, October and November as I join up with creative hub Arienas Collective to run sketching workshops. For more information click HERE.

This drawing was drawn in a black fineliner with a watercolour wash added on location. The original has been sold but mounted prints are available from £19.50 HERE.

Pencil and paint gives Bellevue a softer feel

ES_WAI200317For this drawing of Bellevue Terrace I skipped the usual fine liner and drew with a 2b pencil instead.

I pass this street almost daily and love the way the Georgian terrace curves from Bellevue to East Claremont Street. I often wonder about the shape of the rooms inside, and the gardens to the back. I guess I could see them on Google Street View now.

I like the softer  touch of pencil, its always good to have a change from the norm 😉

Drawn on location with pencil, and a watercolour wash. 

Interesting lines across Chancelot Mill in Leith

Chancelot Mill blackYesterday I had a little time free so headed along to Leith in the car looking for interesting places to sketch.

I love how the telephone lines split away over the sketch from the wooden post. With the heavy dirty lines of the mill behind this makes for an appealing view, for me anyway 😉

It’s great to be able to capture Edinburgh landmarks such as this, places that everyone knows as a point on their journey home, or a place that holds memories of growing up close by. There are so many in Edinburgh and talking to people in the city you realise how much these buildings mean to them.

Chancelot Mill is a flour mill producing organic and non-organic flours, bakery pre-mixes, concentrates and sundries for the baking industry in Scotland and the North.


The above sketch was drawn with a 0.5 fine liner uni pen and I plan to have a few copies made on giclee art paper that I can then add watercolour too to create many individual pieces of art from this one sketch. Watch this space, I’ll let you know how I get on.

Botanic Lights once more illuminates and transforms the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh

botanicslights2016_houseAs green spaces are turned orange with fallen leaves and the evenings are getting darker quicker, it is time once again to wrap up warm and head to Edinburgh’s Botanic gardens for a light show to amaze and stimulate.

After being out of the country for a week it was great to be back in Edinburgh and what better way to soak up the autumnal weather which greated us but with a walk around the Botanics. Usually a haven of peace and calm, for a short time every autumn the famous landscaped gardens are transformed into a trail of colour, sound, light and projection.


There are food and drinks carts to warm you as you walk – the marsh mallows, hot chocolate and mulled wine went down very well with the Sketcher Clan.

I captured a few of the sights in my sketch book but there was so much more to see, we all enjoyed changing the colour of the trees with little touch screens, and especially the water show on the duck pond which had all the crowd gasping and cheering.

Head along to see the event which runs to November 6th, it will put you in the cosy wintry mood for sure. Book via the links below, tickets cost around £7.50 to £15.00.


All sketches were made with black fine liner and a watercolour wash. 

Botanic Lights website

Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh website

The WhereArtI Quiz, 21st December

ES_WAI_211215Monday morning and the penultimate WhereArtI of the year, can you find me?


There are points on offer for the first three correct answers. Keep an eye on the facebook and twitter throughout the day for clues if they are needed. Answer to come before the end of the day.


If you would like to sponsor the quiz or indeed feature in the quiz, then get in touch HERE.