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Top tips for sketching during the winter

A slideshow suggesting places to sketch during the winter by British illustrator Lis Watkins.

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Top tips for sketching during the winter

  1. 1. My Top Ten places to sketch during the cold winter
  2. 2. 1. Libraries Usually interesting buildings with the added advantage of people keeping quite still, libraries can be good places to do some sketching. This drawing was made a the French Institute in South Kensington, London.
  3. 3. 2. Cafes and restaurants Always good to sketch at but particularly good in the cold weather!
  4. 4. 3. Museums Full of interesting exhibits and people, museums can be fruitful places for drawing. This sketch was made at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, London.
  5. 5. 4. Art Galleries As interesting for the people as for the artwork on display. This sketchbook drawing was made at the Tate Modern, London.
  6. 6. 5. Shops and shopping centres Both great for people watching and sketching, this drawing was made from the café area of one of the Tesco Superstores.
  7. 7. 6. Ice rinks If you can brave the cold then the many ice rinks that spring up at this time of year are great places to capture some sketches. Thermals recommended.
  8. 8. 7. Theatres If you have the opportunity, theatres can be lovely places to draw. I made this sketch during the interval at a performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
  9. 9. 8. Foyers and hallways Even if you can’t get tickets for the theatre, many venues have cafes and places to sit in the foyers that can be interesting to sketch. This is the foyer of the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
  10. 10. 9. Train stations They can be a bit draughty but at least it is dry and there will always be lots of people to sketch. I recommend somewhere near the departure board as often travellers will stay there for a short while, so you can add them to your picture. This one was made at London’s Victoria Station.
  11. 11. 10. Through windows Life from a window can always make a good composition but when it is nippy outside doing some drawing by the warmth of a radiator will always go down well. It was a particularly chilly day when I drew this scene from our back window.
  12. 12. All images copyright Lis Watkins 2013 To see more examples of Lis’s work, visit