Santiago, Chile: sketch diary, installment 3

This is part three of my Santiago sketch diary: you can read the first installment here, and the second installment here.

Finally, after “just” three weeks, I have finished the Santiago sketch diary.It’s been a real eye-opener to see how much longer it took than the Bath diary- only because I had to fit it around normal daily life.

Click on each image to see it at a readable size.

Santiago Sketch Diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Saturday: La Chascona, house of Pablo Neruda

Santiago Sketch Diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Saturday: La Chascona, house of Pablo Neruda, plus surprise balloon release

Santiago Sketch Diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Saturday: Lunch and the flight homeSantiago Sketch Diary by Myfanwy Tristram

 

Was it worth all this work? Well, let’s see.

On the one hand, as always with sketch books, you’re not necessarily putting out your best or most polished work, which can be a frustration.

On the other hand, such diaries do force me to do a lot of looking at things – copying logos,  and depicting other people’s art, like the fish mural and the bird mural I drew above.

This isn’t something I do much of normally, and I can see that each time you do, you learn a little bit about other ways of approaching drawing.

Finally, I do think that a sketchbook full of memories is a lovely thing to have. Being able to share it on the internet is the cherry on top of the cake, but the object itself is also a fine memory to keep hold of – and maybe hand on to my daughter one day, to help her remember these times, or see where mummy went for that week when she was 9.

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Santiago, Chile: sketch diary, installment 2

This is part two of my Santiago sketch diary: you can read the first installment here.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but in between invigilating my Open House, attending Brighton festival events, and all the normal duties of job and parenthood, I have been beavering away on the Santiago sketch diary.

I’m only two days further on! But that does represent another 4 double spreads, and now there is only the final day (and maybe a ‘wrap up’ page) to complete the whole thing.

As always, click on each image to see it at a more readable size.

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Wednesday night and Thursday: trip to Cajón de Maipo with a very generous contact (and now friend) I made through blogging.

This page mentions pebre, which I liked so much I had a go at making at home: I used this recipe.

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Friday: To the top of San Cristóbal hill, home of the pregnant Mary who oversees the city and can be seen lit up at night.

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Friday continued: a bicycle tour with La Bicicleta Verde (recommended if you are in Santiago) and the mystery of Duncan’s shorts.

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Friday evening: visit to the Costanera tower, and a page showing the souvenirs I brought back for loved ones.

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Update: installment three is here.

Santiago, Chile: sketch diary, installment 1

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Well, I’ve managed to find the time to scan in the first installment of my Santiago sketch diary – which is, as I speak, all that I’ve actually drawn.

For me, it’s a slightly odd feeling to be combining my day job and my illustration, especially in as personal an environment as a diary. Still, for better or worse, here it is.

As always, click on each image to see it at a readable size.

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

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Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

I’m not actually sure how much sense this page makes (despite having presented it as me explaining it really simply to my mum – which did actually happen while I was in Bath a couple of weeks previously) because I wrote it while still suffering from the effects of the long flight…

If you need more clarification, you can find out more about my workplace, mySociety, on our website, and more about Poplus, the global collaborative coding project, on their website.

I tweeted about landing at the same time as One Direction. My word, I’ve never had so many retweets, replies and favourites. Do I dare tag this post ‘1D’…?

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Work did actually ask me to record the conference in illustrations, and tweet them, which was very sweet. I had lots of other things to do – tweeting an account of what was going on, videoing, taking notes for our company blog, etc, but I did do these one and a half pages (below).

Santiago sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Watch this space: I will have another installment ready as soon as I can find the time. And, because I am only human, I will probably find the time more quickly if you leave me encouraging comments on this post. :)

Update: installment two is here.