Late July of 2016 I traveled to Manchester's Seventh Urban Sketchers symposium to reconnect with some of my favorite artists from around the world, sketch from morning till dawn, and present a couple of lectures on my favorite subject of Travel Sketching.
|Piccadilly circus (London) energy is undeniable as the light of giant neon displays around the square gets reflected on the classical façades, double-decker buses, and amazed faces|
Lancaster house dominates the downtown skyline. Formally a packing and shipping warehouse it currently appears to serve as a luxury apartment building.
Peveril of the Peak.
A swarm of sketchers in front of the brightly colored pub called The Peveril of the Peak during the last Urban sketchers symposium in Manchester.
Another lovely tradition is going out for dinners with a large group of sketchers. This time we picked Tiffan–an Indian restaurant as our home base and ended up going there for three nights in a row. By the end of the symposium our waiter already knew what we were planing to order. As usual I was hanging out with the group of Portuguese and Spanish speaking sketchers–all of whom are incredibly talented and sweet.
|The majestic John Rylands library in Manchester|
The three days of the symposium always fly by way too quickly. Fortunately, the trip was still not over and I had a few days in my favorite London ahead of me.
|London skyline sketched from the Tower Bridge|
|My friend Isabelle having trouble with her Pho|
|Samurai at the Victoria and Albert Museum|
|Natural History museum with the giant dinosaur in the middle|
|High tea at Fortnum and Mason|
|Verge Bar where no hipsters are allowed|