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Short sketches sometimes just work

A recent trip to London left me with 30 minutes to wait at St Pancras station so I sat underneath Paul Daly 2007 statue, Meeting Place and attempted a sketch. The foreshortening was very challenging but I blocked in the main shapes and build up the forms from there. As I started shading it just popped and I think this is one of the best fast sketches I’ve ever done. The odd thing is I genuinely don’t know how it happened. All I can think it that the shortness of time freed me up to quickly throw the drawing down without being precious of the outcome. Many have criticised this statue for being too kitsch, which it certainly is, but sitting underneath it made me contemplate long distance relationships quite intensely so I found it a powerful piece of public art.

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