I recently had a long weekend back in my home town in Somerset and on a free afternoon decided to do some sketching. I decided that the tiny A6 sketchpad I had brought away with me on the train was too pathetically small to be much use, so I wandered into town and bought an A5 sketchbook from WH Smiths.

I then couldn’t resist also buying some “fineline” pens.

The fineline pens turned out to be marker pens, and rather thicker than expected – so as I headed uphill from the town centre and started sketching some of the grand residential buildings, I was forced to forget about detail, or shading and just get on with quick cartoony sketches.

It was great fun – no pressure, just like doodling. I think the results are okay, and – anyway – they are just sketches! The important thing is to observe, to practise, and not worry too much about the end result. So here are a few of the sketches – mostly double page spreads – from the sketchbook.

I shall continue with this technique now that I’m back in Sussex.

Line drawing with black marker pen of a large Victorian mansion and pine tree in a street in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Marker pen drawing by Fiona Horan of a Victorian villa in Weston-super-Mare.
Sketching in Weston-super-Mare - a marker pen line drawing in black of a large Victorian house standing proudly above a large sloping front garden and drive.
Sketching practise - a marker pen line drawing of a view over the town of Weston-super-Mare.

By the way, if you like Weston-super-Mare, you may like my affectionate illustrated poster showing the beach donkeys, Grand Pier and the island of Steep Holm.