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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My sketchbook from Lisbon

I had grand intentions of doing a special post here of every day at the symposium...but too much going on... but here is the sketchbook in full

My main aim in my travel sketchbooks is NOT to produce perfect sketch after perfect sketch but to tell the story of my adventures and capture 'the moment' which (somewhat tragically!?! )is resulting in me trying to sketch everything I do!

A few thoughts...
- I hardly need to say that the Urban Sketchers Symposium was AMAZING! It was an overwhelming 3 days of inspiration and meeting other wonderful artists, talking non stop (for me!) and trying to sketch non stop... as such I am somewhat amazed at the amount of sketching that I was able to do
- A little ambitious was my intention to make sure that I recorded every days event with a map... non of these for my stay in Lisbon got done at the time so this has generated quite a lot of work since I have got home.
- I wanted to include more collage in my sketchbook and did manage to achieve it this trip. I did find that it was always better to stick down the item before I started sketching - hence I got into some strange habits such as ripping up the placemat before the meal arrived.
- The collage/map/as-many-notes-as-possible approach this year was somewhat experimental and I think that some pages (in particular my opening spread for each day) are too crowded...so my conclusion is that to add maps and collage I should leave MORE white space as I am sketching through the day... leaving an entire spread for the map would have been better.
Trip 2011 Volume 2 Lisbon COMBO
Here is every page in a single image too - if you prefer to look at that- click to go to flickr to view larger.


  1. Liz, you are truly the Sketching Queen! Whew, what energy and passion and industriousness you have! You're a force of nature! Great work, of course.

  2. I love your sketches. Hope you continue to make Blurb books; I think I have all of the ones you have printed. You are such an inspiration, Liz. Appreciate your sharing your amazing art with all of us.

  3. This was SO much fun to see, Liz, like spending more time with you! What a pleasure...as you know, I love your work, the spontaneity and color, those bits of collage, your notes...a delight!

  4. I loved seeing this...I went through every single page while enjoying my morning coffee. Thanks for sharing!

  5. thank you everyone....@kay...yes I do plan to continue more making more blurb books. In fact I just made another one (different format) to trial and wanting for the copies to ship to me!

  6. I really enjoyed looking at this journal. Lisbon is my home town (and where I live) and you captured its beauty so well! Now I feel the urge to grab my own Journal and go outside and draw, draw ,draw!
    Thank you for sharing :)


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