A lazy day in Manchester

My Manchester sketching didn’t end with the symposium. The symposium is super fun and packed with events, and I love all of it. But I also love the couple of days after that I hang around and sketch and chat with friends. More relaxed sketching, even a long afternoon tea. And lots of catching up with old friends, lots of sketch talk, lots of throwing back and forth ideas of where we’re going with our work. All while sketching, of course.

It was a glorious morning and the sun came out. I could have sketched the spectacular Manchester Cathedral, but I’d have to sit in the shade to sketch. So instead I sat with my back against the cathedral wall, and sketched the Hanging Bridge Chambers. Looking at my sketch now I can tell I really enjoyed the sun, because that building wasn’t really as sun-bathed as I made it seem.
day_after_opposite_church

I wanted to take a break from drawing all the red brick of the city and draw other stuff that caught my eye. These two little pieces capture other aspects of Manchester I loved. On the left, road signs: everything is under construction and the city is full of signs and diversions. Great for urban sketching. On the right: bright shoes. So great how so many people wear really fun, happy-colored shoes.
day_after_signs

But the break-from-sketching-buildings didn’t last long, there’s just so many great scenes to draw in the city. Every little alley is interesting. Another quiet sketch from a pretty mellow morning.
day_after_narrow_alley

But that afternoon I visited the superb John Rylands Library (which many people know as the Harry Potter Library) , where the architecture is anything but quiet. Just like my sketch.
day_after_rylandlibrary

I could have sketched at the library forever, but was tempted away by the suggestion of tea and scones. No sketches through a rather long tea: when you give me a pot of clotted cream, it gets my full attention.
Afterwards, another sketch ( I did one on my first day in Manchester from almost this same spot) of Albert Square.
day_after_albert_square

If you are totally tiring of Manchester sketches, you are out of luck. I’m posting some more before I’m done.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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17 Responses to A lazy day in Manchester

  1. Kathleen Knowling says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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  2. Nancy Armitage says:

    I just love your work.

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  3. Antje says:

    I’m not tiring, I think it’s fascinating. I especially like in this post that you write about being in Manchester rather than (just) being at the symposium. Good idea to stay on afterwards and sketch the same and other places in a different mood.

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  4. Susan Wilson says:

    WOW! I especially love your John Ryland interior. Wonderful work.

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  5. Audrey Rust says:

    Thank you so much for posting all these great sketches. It almost makes up for not being there I particularly feel transported by the Tasle alley one

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  6. TheArtistOnTheRoad says:

    Never tire of you beautiful sketches and insightful comments Suhita! Keep ’em coming.

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  7. Yes, thank you for all your symposium/Manchester posts, so great to attend through your art.

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  8. Carmela Rizzuto says:

    Enjoyed your sketches and posts from Manchester. It’s like being a fly on the wall for this wonderful event. You really captured a ‘sense of place’–especially in the last 3 sketches. Thanks for posting.

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  9. wiltdidit says:

    Inspiring stuff! I haven’t been to England since the 80s, but I’d definitely be toting a sketchbook. Brilliant!

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  10. D. Abreu says:

    I love your work so much! I lifts my mood just looking at it. Thanks

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  11. rosjenke says:

    Thanks for showing us your take on Manchester with your vibrant sketches…… and the gentle little one. Your sketches are always exciting.

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  12. Don’t worry. I’m not tired of them at all. What blue are you using in the sky in the last sketch here?

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    • hard to say what blues that is, susan: my base ‘blue sky’ blue ( as in california skies) is cerulean blue, red shade. But here it has purples, reds and deeper blues from my palette mixed in. It was a challenge to paint skies in Manchester after the simple blue skies I am used to here!

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  13. Mat says:

    These are stunning! I spend an inordinate amount of my time in Manchester – I work there – and these reflect the city wonderfully.

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