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Life as an urban sketcher is one long stream of self-indulgence. Sketching is our passion and we squeeze it in wherever and whenever we can, and getting paid for it is the icing on an already delicious cake. I was commissioned to sketch at Seafest a couple of weeks ago and it was just one of those dreamy days when the sun shines, the sea sparkles and the sketches go pretty well.
Seafest is a sort of Galway maritime festival which aims to tell everyone how great it is to live by the sea in Galway. They don’t need to convince me – I think it’s incredible. It may be a life of unpredictable and often inclement weather, but it’s also a life of clean, fresh air, wonderfully fresh fish and seafood and lots of sea-based activities. The Marine Institute is situated in a beautiful spot overlooking Galway Bay, and they were my employers for the day.
This was my first sketch, done the evening before. It really doesn’t say much about the festival – who wants to see the roof of a big top? – and, what’s far more unforgiveable, the flag was blowing inside out from where I was sitting, making the logo the wrong way around. But I was so paranoid that it would rain the next day that I did what I could.
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