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.

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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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A Bath holiday sketch diary

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

We’ve just returned from a family holiday in Bath, Somerset. One of the things I enjoy most about going on holiday is having the luxury of time to draw – I kept a sketch diary while I was there.

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Day 1: The journey

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Key learning: light grey, light pink and light blue are not the *best* colours for text that you later want to scan in. This makes particular sense when you remember that illustrators often use blue pencil to sketch under their illustrations because it can be so easily removed afterwards…

Day 1: Arrival, plus bonus page of holiday purchases under £5.00

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 1: shops; Day 2: Hedgemead Park

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 2: Walk and an afternoon with my bro; Day 3:Roman Baths

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 4: Fashion museum
Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 4: Fashion museum, Japanese food, the Makery; Day 5: Postal museum

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 5: Postal museum, lunch at St Swithin’s Church, park; Day 6: book shopping

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 6: The American Museum in Bath, Kaffe Fassett

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

 Day 6: the American Museum; Day 7: swimming and adventure golf

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Looking back over the week, my primary thought is that while it was a lot of fun, and relaxing, it was a very tame holiday: well, I guess that’s what you get for going, with a family, to genteel Bath.

The only real wildness came in the form of all the yarn-bombing and colour explosions at the American Museum, and to be honest even that is the sort of anarchy that one’s grandparents might find thrilling.

I am off to Santiago in Chile for work next week, though, and I still have half a sketchbook left – so, if I have time to draw, it may end up being a diary of two very different parts.