A Sketchbook of Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a much-photographed city with a raft of iconic and instantly recognisable landmarks that all help to make the capital arguably the world’s most beautiful city. But there’s so many lesserknown and seldom photographed, but none-the-less beautiful places, in the capital and they are what makes this book of sketches really special.
The authors, along with local artists Keli Clark, Irina Cucu, Cat Outram and Catherine Stevenson have ventured to Stockbridge, the Water of Leith and beyond to produce sketches of buildings, parks and streets peppered with gorgeous detailed mini-sketches featuring interesting clocks, gargoyles and street art. Sketches have been made whatever the weather, giving a lovely mix of bright and sunny summer imagery, atmospheric days with an air of menace in the rainy clouds and even the downright dreich days when any Edinburger with an ounce of sense will stay firmly indoors.
Nearly everything in the city is recreated through the mediums of pen and watercolour. The 150 odd illustrations are the focal point of the book for good reason. They are marvellous and the artists have truly done a credit to the city. The accompanying words from Iain Fraser and Anne Fraser Sim are an interesting and informative accompaniment to this visual tour through Edinburgh.
From the inside cover images featuring a variety of front doors from around the city, you can’t help being hooked by this beautifully produced book. It’s the perfect gift for anyone missing the architecture and landscape of Scotland’s capital city.