1. Amsterdam

2. Cheshire

3. Lobster Nets, Crail

4. Monmartre

5. Montelpulciano

6. Olive Tree, Orgiva

7. Porto 2

8. The Eastgate, Chester

9. The Shambles

10. Tower Bridge


About the Artist

When making art, Ian Fennelly is drawn to the urban environment; where people interact with the busy spaces that surround them. He tries and draws people without actually putting them in – partly because they never keep still. But he likes drawing the spaces they’ve been in, or the cobbles they’ve walked on, the windows they’ve looked through and the street signs that have bossed them about. He loves location drawing as it enables him to record the experience of being in a busy place.

He generally begins with a watercolour wash to break up the space in front of him, which establishes the broad shapes of his composition. This is a very emotional part of the process as colours affects us all in different ways. Then he works on top of this with brush pens which adds depth and tonal value to the image. Then he uses fine liner ink pens to add the texture and detail. Eventually, if he is lucky, it will be completed. In between all this he is constantly jumping around, bouncing up and down, nipping to the toilet or buying a coffee and cake. He tends not to sit still, so the angles can change. If a car or van parks up in front of him, the choice is to draw through it, or move around it– either way he has to get fully involved in the scene, both physically and imaginatively.