Sketch­book: rush hour in Am­s­ter­dam

Il­lus­tra­tor Veron­ica Lawlor tells us about her time in the Dutch cap­i­tal s t u d i o14 82.c o m/ v e r o n i c a

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My hus­band, Neil, had to go to a con­fer­ence in Am­s­ter­dam and I went with him, hop­ing to find some in­spi­ra­tion for my il­lus­tra­tions. I’d wake up in the morn­ing and head out into the city to see what I could find. One thing I like to do when I draw a par­tic­u­lar en­vi­ron­ment is to find a sub­ject that seems es­pe­cially char­ac­ter­is­tic of that place. I’d heard that Am­s­ter­dam was bi­cy­cle -friendly, but it was only when I got there that I re­alised bi­cy­cles are a way of life. When I drew this, sit­ting in a café at peak time for the morn­ing com­mute, the bikes were seven deep and there was a won­der­ful sense of en­ergy. I love the sub­tle things you can dis­cover when you ob­ser ve a scene in order to sketch it, in­stead of just snap­ping a photo. I saw that, de­spite rush hour, cy­clists seemed po­lite and gra­cious to one an­other. A real at­mos­phere of con­ge­nial­ity per vades this lovely city.

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