Salford I’m going to miss you: Sketching Salford

Last week,after 11 years living at Irlam’O’Th’ Heights , SaIford M6, and several of them spent sketching Salford, I fled for the hills. (Mossley to be precise!) Actually, it took a number of trips, over several days and there was little in the way of fleeing!  This post shares a small selection of my illustrations of Salford completed over the last few years ( I wasn’t sketching regularly when I first arrived).  They range from the streets immediately surrounding where I lived to the well known public locations that Salford has to offer like Salford Quays.  There are stories associated with many of them and I will mention a few as I go.

The starting place-The streets around where I lived

It was whilst walking my greyhound down Sumner Road in Irlams ‘O’Th’Heights that I had this need to be able to draw my surroundings more effectively!  As a trained designer, I was frustrated with my drawing abilities and decided I needed to draw much more regularly (and better!).  From that day, I just made a start, then I joined Manchester Urban Sketchers.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Local scenes Salford LizsScribbles

Salford precinct LizsScribbles

Salford sketches LizsScribbles

Sketching Salford: Museum and Art Gallery

For the last couple of years I have been a member of Salford Art Club that meets and exhibits at the Salford Art Gallery.  Coincidentally, as of 9th December 2017 there is a Manchester and Salford Urban Sketching Exhibition at the Art Gallery.  Like a number of other urban sketchers, I have several pieces in the exhibition.

salford Museum and Art Gallery LizsScribbles

Sketching Salford: in Monton

I often went to Monton to sketch.  It has an interesting high Street and the Bridgewater canal runs nearby.  I was also invited to capture the Bridgewater Weekender day held on Worsley Green.

Monton Sketches LizsScribbles

Reportage illustration in Salford LizsScribbles

Sketching Salford: those well known places and famous buildings

There are numerous amazing buildings and well known areas in Salford, including:Salford Quays, Media City and Salford Lads Club.    The very first sketch I had printed and sold was of the Lowry. War Horse was running a the Lowry and one of the lead actors saw my sketch of the venue, including the WarHorse trailer.  He was keen to buy a copy, which we did.  We also auctioned a copy, signed by all the warhorse actors, for charity.

Salford Quays LizsScribbles


Sketching Salford before I left

Although the weeks before and during the move were hectic, I managed to create these last black and white sketches. They include the local streets and some views/buildings (like my local garage) that I had always had in mind to sketch, but hadn’t!  I have only recently created black and white sketches as a matter of course.  Now that I have the Duke Confucius 551 fude, I am enjoying the simplicity and clarity of these simple drawings.

Salford LizsScribbles

Salford LizsScribbles

Salford, I’m going to miss you.  Because you won’t be on my doorstep, I will not be sketching you regularly.  But I will be back.  Onwards and Upwards, quite literally as I am in the Hills now in Mossley, Tameside.  I will be posting my local sketches and those further afield as usual so please stay tuned for more of my sketching adventures.  Wishing you all a very peaceful and healthy 2018.  Thank you all so much for all your support and comments in the last year and here’s to a fabulous 2018 for us all!

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