I’m pleased to have got back into the swing of drawing landscape vignettes for my
books with three completed today. We haven’t been hit by the intense rain that has
flooded towns and left four bridges broken in the neighbouring county of Cumbria
but I’m glad to be able to settle down to produce the 40 or 50 illustrations I’ll
need without having to worry about the weather. For this landscape at Hartshead I
stitched together a panorama from three photographs.
The bridge at Outwood is another example of how useful a digital camera can be when
collecting reference for illustrations. I had to hold my camera above my head to
get this perspective on the bridge.
Three illustrations in one day, rather than the one illustration in two days I managed
at the beginning of the week is more what I had in mind. I’m going to have to start
putting in some long sessions to get things moving.
IT’S HARD to believe that less than two months ago we were having settled summer-like
days. I’ve drawn this view of a footpath near Sandal Castle from a photograph I took
in September when we walked the route for my booklet.
A month from tomorrow the days will start getting longer again. I’m looking forward