The week that I decided to devote a sketchbook solely to meals eaten out we were heading up to Scotland, Edinburgh in fact, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The first meal I drew out was at a pizza restaurant chain.
I was still in my early stages of drawing my meals and was constraining myself to illustrate the whole meal within the timeframe of the meal; I was out with my family and therefore my time limit for completing my illustration was the time it took for us to complete our meal.
Caroline and Lucy were not taking their time.
“Excuse me, could I take your photograph?”
“I’ve never seen anyone drawing their food before.”
Since then I’ve drawn many, many meals out; with family and friends, of course. New acquaintances and reforming old acquaintances. There have been challenges and bets. Meals out at parties and there have been meals out on my own.
After leaving High School – I knew I enjoyed drawing, but it’s not a real job, is it? And so I woke up a few years later to find myself stood at the front of a classroom, teaching. My sketchbooks and paints left in a drawer whilst I busied myself being a grownup.
And then I picked up a pen again.
A few years ago it began to dawn on me that my happiest times whilst out sketching were when I was out with friends and family.
I’ve been illustrating for Camping and Caravanning Club magazine since January 2012; starting out by illustrating their Eat Local article. Which has articles about sourcing local food.
I’ve also been illustrating a gazetteer of what’s on around the country for the same magazine.
Later on in 2013 I produced illustrations for a local take away restaurant.
Through drawing I’ve met some truly wonderful people. I’ve made new friends and got in touch with lost friends.