Sketching at the old paper mill
This is a pretty big illustration by my standards (30 x 22 inches) so I’ve included a close-up of part of it. The venue for the monthly life drawing session is a very interesting place.
This is the old John Dickinson paper mill, a notable place in the history of papermaking. It was here that the Fourdrinier brothers developed a continuous paper making machine to make the huge rolls of paper needed for web offset litho.
And it was here that the John Dickinson company made Basildon Bond stationery – which was the staple letter-writing material of my childhood. They still make paper here but it’s now a working museum which is being developed into an educational and community resource.
Pencil and watercolour on imperial sheet of handmade watercolour paper.