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06-12-2005, 01:20 PM
Bobby Chiu's LONDON Subway Sketch Group 2006

16/11/06 Anouncement: update for this Saturday.

MEETING LOCATION: Trafalgar Sqare. Meeting point outside Charing Cross Railway Station next to Marks and Spencers. If it gets too cold we move in a gallery.

MEETING DAY: Saturday 18th of November.
TIME: 13:00! (i know it's early but sun's setting early)

CONTACT PERSON: Ismini Sigala aka anim_ziggy

MEETING NOTES: I look like this ( If anyone is coming please PM ( me, otherwise I'm not going to wait! I don't have internet at home for the time being so last I will check my PM's will be Friday afternoon.

DISCLAIMER: The creator of this thread, Bobby Chiu, CgNetworks And CGTALK is not responsible on what happen on these meetings. The persons are meeting under their own accord and their actions are their own. The parties mentioned before are not responsible in no way shape or form for their actions and thus are not liable.

06-12-2005, 01:28 PM
OK I thought I'd leave the first post formal and make changes when necessary.

I did a tiny trial yesterday and today, I had my boyfriend with for support. I haven't sketched for ages so I'm not as good and fast as I was expecting.

A things or two I noticed about the London tube (subway):

I was scared that people might understand I'm drawing them and not be happy about it. But it rarely happens, everyone is minding their own bussiness...
Sketching on the tube can be bit of a task it gets very shaky, I couldn't make my lines straight. I guess it depends the line you're on and the driver. I'm thinking the Jubilee line would be the less shaky one. I tried the Bakerloo which was okish and Victoria this morning which was a nightmare.

feel free to pm me to add more things on the list.

06-12-2005, 01:44 PM
here we go. Bobby I'd appreciate any comments. As I said it takes time for me at the mo. And my lines are not straight..Also I'm not sure I depict all of the faces correctly. What I also enjoy is to think who the people are. For example the woman on the first sketch had the grace and stance of a dancer although she aged she is still proud. Finally I need to buy a scanner. ( ( (

06-12-2005, 01:49 PM
wow, anim_ziggy, there you go, good one

one question though, is all this subway sketch done inside the tube? :blush:

06-12-2005, 01:53 PM
yup inside the tube. hence the shaky lines eheh.

06-13-2005, 03:41 AM

anim_ziggy - hey great! I think the lady with the pearls is your best drawing. Here's a tip on drawing hair. It tends to lose detail when hit by direct light and gain detail in the parts where there's partial shadow. So in my example I drew the details of the hair where it lay in shadow and then left no detail where the light directly hits the hair. It creates more volume this way.

06-13-2005, 09:39 AM

Heh yes she is my favourite sketch too. Ironically enough she was my first one! You really made her look as she really was he he. I find it easier to sketch people that have something extreme on their facial features!

I'm glad I started. Def. doing it next w/e again.

Thank you so much for the feedback. Your work is really inspiring!


06-17-2005, 04:48 PM
Noone seems to be interested! Arghhhh. Well I ll do it again this weekend. It will be Sunday on some point. Hmmmm. Thinking, when and where... Will post time later.

06-18-2005, 08:40 PM
OK, slight changes. Seems I will be on my own so I'm changing the subway thing a bit with Regents Park.
As I said if I don't get PM's I don't wait. :deal:

But I'm betting all of you Londoners are enjoying the warm weather somewhere...

06-18-2005, 08:58 PM
I would be there in a second if it wasnt for i lived in nottingham.. its been to bllody hot here

06-19-2005, 10:26 AM
I woke up this morning and my flat is so warm (balcony door open) and I feel ike I'm in a sauna :eek: It's boiling.

06-21-2005, 12:06 PM
yeah, i think i might be able to make it sometime.

sean, 15

06-21-2005, 02:09 PM
anim_ziggy - It's so great that you're doing this. I've been going to Bobby Chiu's Toronto sketch group since the beginning... when it was freezing cold. A lot of times it was just the 2 of us at first but it really caught on now. Keep at it! You'll learn a lot from Bobby Chiu. I know i have

06-21-2005, 04:25 PM
anim_ziggy - no problem. I'm glad I can help. Sounds like y'all melting over there! lol... it's getting pretty hot over here as well :)

06-22-2005, 04:04 PM
guys, last sunday was a disaster... Made a few sketces wihich I ll post but then I had to leave cos the grass and pollen caused my allergic asma to increase a lot. :eek:
Been recovering and visiting doctors since then. Thank God for antihistamines.

digital_robert: thanks again. you can't imagine, although I come from Greece which is at least 35 celcious atm, I always have a solution there... Have a swim at the sea... Argh, I miss that..

Kei Acedera: thanks for your encouraging words!

tied: As I said on my first post: PM if you can make it. Even it is last moments motice I have internet at home and I will always check it before I leave.

06-23-2005, 08:33 PM
i'm pretty sure i can make it, i don't tend to do much except draw with my free time anyway. it's just a matter of where and what time. i don't suggest using the tube, it's possibly the roughest ride possible. i'm pretty sure i can drag a friend along too

06-24-2005, 08:29 AM
you are right about the tube. it's a nightmare, i can't stand it even for a couple of stops. Any ideas about where to go instead?

06-25-2005, 12:50 PM
due to a bad asthma attack last night I won't be able to do it it this sunday.

06-25-2005, 01:59 PM
ouch. get well soon!

here are some suggestions:

hyde park
regents park
covent garden
oxford street
leicester square
south bank
trafalgar sq.
picadilly circus

i'll think of more later. part of the appeal of the original subway sketch group is that you get to sit down for a long time and just draw anyone who comes near you. unfortunately, london subway/tube is terrible for drawing, so we might have to warp the cause of the sketch group to something else. tube isnt a good idea.

a walk through central london could take us to most of the spots mentioned above rather quickly. this requires some more thought.

06-25-2005, 03:23 PM
Thanks. Apparently I'm allergic to grass a lot...
yeah sounds good, especially covent garden or south bank, we can easily sit down and draw the passers by!
By all means if you want to do some sketching tomorrow, do so; and post them here :+)

07-02-2005, 09:45 AM
Cool, would be great to meet up.

Covent Garden woddl probably be the best bet, becuase people usually stand around for a while in the same spot watching the street performers

The subways here are way too shakey to draw on :(

07-04-2005, 09:06 AM
OK, I'm back amongst the normal breathing people again.. he he
This Sunday Convent Garden. Time and meeting point to be announced shortly!

07-06-2005, 02:34 PM
UPDATE ( of the announcements post.

And don't forget PM me if you're coming.

07-07-2005, 07:00 PM
I hope you are all ok. I was struck with the news about the recent tragedy in London and thought of you all right away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

07-07-2005, 09:02 PM
Yeah, pretty crazy here right now.. thnks for the message :)

My hometown is edmonton! Maybe i'll meet up with your guys sketch group when i am over for vacation if it still runing!

07-08-2005, 08:52 AM
Thanks for your concern BirdyBear. It has been pretty crazy but we (me and my bf) did dare to get on the tube this morning! The only thing we did is that we left very early to avoid the rush hour and we ended up having a coffee in a completely empty central London. I must say it was a bit surreal because everyone on the carriage was reading the Metro that had all the horrific pictures from yesterday’s events.

So, 3D Knight, you coming this Sunday? Hopefully everything will be OK considering yesterdays events.

07-08-2005, 09:26 AM
Hope all was well for the people in England, pretty scary since we in Australia are close allies, I think its only a matter of time before something like this happens here too =(


07-08-2005, 12:08 PM
I just wanted to say how sorry I am about the tragedies that have occured in your city. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.


07-08-2005, 12:44 PM
bobby and magic man thank you!

07-08-2005, 12:48 PM
I hope you guys are ok.


07-08-2005, 05:33 PM
thank you Roberto, as far as I know all the people I know in London are ok!

p.s. Guys THIS SUNDAY don't forget! Convent Garden! 15:00. And if you're coming PM me.

07-13-2005, 07:36 AM
this was what I did on the last lonely Sunday, I was shocked to see Covent Garden not as busy as usual. (

08-11-2005, 02:50 PM
Right London SSG is back.I'm back from holidays. Check the first post!

09-03-2005, 10:02 PM
Hello anim_ziggy,

Haven't seen any sketches from you in a while, how are things? Probably getting pretty busy, huh? Well, hopefully you'll be able to take some time out and put pen to paper in the near future! I enjoyed checking out your work!


09-05-2005, 09:29 AM
Hey, hey!
Actually I did some sketching yesterday. It was mostly some friends of mine but I will post it tonight!
Unfortunately yeah I'm getting busy but I shall try keep it up!

09-05-2005, 08:07 PM
As I promised a few sketches of friends..Please excuse the quality but it is captured with my webcam :cry: I can't always use the scanner at work...
The little face on the bottom left is the one that I feel that is more succesfull! (

please check the first post if you're interested to join!

12-02-2005, 07:21 PM
Hey, what's up? Is this thing still running? I just moved to London and I wanna join. Who is still doing this?

12-02-2005, 07:47 PM
Hey Stefan,

well it has always been me doing it but I got a bit caught up with animation mentor and didn't have the chance recently, but I 'd love to do it again! We can arrange something!


12-05-2005, 03:01 AM
Hi all!

Even if there aren't any sketches coming out of London, at least you're still communicating on this forum! Haha... Well, sketching doesn't take long, you just have to sit down and do it, that's all. Maybe this will help stay a little motivated:

I've put together a Subway Sketching Blog ( on my site where I plan to collect and show work from sketch groups all over. Come check it out! If you want me to also post your group's work on the blog, just email us to join the blog (! :)

Hope to hear from you next week!

12-05-2005, 10:23 PM
he he Bobby you make me feel bad but Animation Mentor is sucking the life out of me...:argh:
he he But I need to sketch. So heh...hopefully before my Christmas Break I will do one sketch group meeting with an extra participant this time!! :p

12-06-2005, 03:48 PM
if anyone is interested This Sunday it's likely that it's going to happen! Location to be announced soon!

12-06-2005, 06:08 PM
full details on our next meeting on the front page (

12-12-2005, 12:29 PM
The sketch group was successful with 4 people attending wohooo. I am posting two sketches of my friend Casey who isn’t yet a member of cgtalk. So here we go: ( (

12-12-2005, 12:53 PM
and here are my humble sketches: ( (

12-13-2005, 03:17 PM
Hey great sketches! I like the dino bones the most!

01-05-2006, 11:30 AM
happy new year all, first page updated for next meeting.

01-05-2006, 12:12 PM
One of these days I am going to pay a visit to you guys!

Happy New Year!


01-05-2006, 03:24 PM
brilliant! Let us know when so we can meet up! :beer:

01-10-2006, 10:59 AM
From last weeks meeting! (

Don't forget to check first post for details about the upcoming meeting!

01-10-2006, 01:10 PM
nice one Ismini,
I really want to come along and join you soon, Just not enough hours in the week!
Keep it up.

01-10-2006, 01:51 PM
nice one Ismini,
I really want to come along and join you soon, Just not enough hours in the week!
Keep it up.

I understand...And London is a big place...hard to get around quickly.. :shrug:

01-10-2006, 08:49 PM
anim_ziggy - your latest work is a big improvement - keep it up :thumbsup:


01-10-2006, 09:42 PM
thanks Gord! I've been reading the Walt Stanfeild notes during xmas and kind of trying to draw reguralrly when I can..:)

01-15-2006, 07:27 PM
Ths SUnday's meeting has been a success! 4 Animation Mentor guys, StephanS. and a friend of mine (Casey dino bones) ( ( (

01-19-2006, 05:41 PM
*bump* updated the first page

06-21-2006, 10:08 AM
i have paused my AM course so I have free time again...Anyone is interested to start sketching again?

07-06-2006, 08:51 PM
hey anim_ziggy. are you still running the sketch group? i have never done something like this before but would like to try :)

07-07-2006, 07:03 PM
well not at the moment as there's not really anyone interested. I wouldn't mind doing it again if some people are interested. Mind you, I m away all August...going home :scream::scream:
U can always go ahead and do it and post here ofcourse.

07-08-2006, 11:56 AM
ok thats cool

07-08-2006, 02:17 PM
i will send an email to the ones attended before and maybe we fix one meeting up next weekend.

08-28-2006, 08:21 AM
dham wish i lived in a big city.. would be there in an instant.. i am really trying to beter my skills by observational drawing at mo and london would be great.. ah well..

10-21-2006, 06:33 PM
i have paused my AM course so I have free time again...Anyone is interested to start sketching again?

Im in London till end of december, lets do a subway sketch saturday :)

10-22-2006, 10:49 AM
Hej Malin!
Yup I'm all for it. I can practice my swedish too :P only joking..
Next Saturday then?


I sent an email to the guys I used to sketch with and see if they are up for it!
If I don't hear from them until mid-week we can arrange time and place then!


10-23-2006, 01:55 PM

10-25-2006, 03:43 PM
Im on. :)
It is a saturday though, 15:00 sounds like a nice time...

10-25-2006, 03:49 PM
since we haven't been really doing it on the tube...too small, too packed evryone kind of stares at u we' ve been doing it at far and markets...might be a bit cold for an open air place...
there was an idea by a mate to combine it with the games exhibition at the science museum but i fear that might be bit busy too esp. saturday....
you got anything in mind?
where do u leave? want to meet somewhere centrally?
yep 15:00.

10-25-2006, 06:10 PM
I live near Liverpoolstreet and work near Tate Modern, have not yet visited tate yet though.
Anywhere is fine with me. :)

10-25-2006, 06:23 PM
tate modern could be good then, have a look at the slides!

10-27-2006, 10:01 AM
hey so meeting point here:

MEETING LOCATION: Tate Modern By entrance on the left. THe entrance is overviewing the turbine hall and you can see the Tate shop on the left.

11-03-2006, 02:32 PM
alright, im off for the beer.
Prolly wont make it tomorrow :D

11-03-2006, 03:37 PM
:scream: well i text ya to c how u feel ;+P 8am sharp right? :twisted:

11-07-2006, 11:53 PM

hey malin u could post your images too...have some variation on the thread was friday night?

11-10-2006, 10:42 AM
ok this saturday...that is tomorrow...Trafalgar square...thought to combine the too in order to take some photos for the Hardcore Modelling Challenge...

check first post for details..

11-11-2006, 12:20 PM
yes I will be there


11-16-2006, 03:58 PM
didnt have access to scanner this week arhhhhh.

check first page for this weeks meeting. :scream:

11-18-2006, 01:23 AM

Just FYI. Worldwide Sketch Crawl #12 is December 9th

04-17-2007, 10:34 AM
Hey this sketch group thing sounds great!! I'd love to join in. Any more meetings planned?

04-19-2007, 08:19 AM
not at the moment, no. i'm sorry. too busy. i will update this thread if something changes. thanks. u can still go sketch and post here if you want.

05-23-2007, 11:16 PM
anymore events happening, I am moving to london soon. It looks like a pretty nice gathering

05-23-2007, 11:19 PM
here is what is happening soon

most of the regular Bobby Chius London user group are now participating to this Meetup meeting.


11-22-2007, 03:10 PM
Hey there,

Ah saw this ages ago and mean't to join, but never got round to it. Finally found the thread again! Do you do it every week or just whenever theres enough people.

Me and possibly my girlfriend would like to join!

Thanks! : )

11-22-2007, 03:37 PM
Hey it's been a while I ve done it as there wasn't any interest but if we get some people together i m happy to organsize it again. Not this weekend though as I'm away. But we could arrange something perhaps soon.

11-22-2007, 04:01 PM
I'd be up for it :)

11-22-2007, 04:23 PM

Just saw the post above for this. Do most of the group do this instead now?

I'd be up for either this or doing a underground/museum sketch group thingy. I'm a member of the shoreditch life drawing soc which is pretty good for life drawing - tho costs about 7 quid for 2 or so hours.

I also can't do this weekend as my sis is down. but would be interested in the future if we can get some people!

: )

11-23-2007, 12:25 PM
i would love to join too if anyone is organizing. !!

11-23-2007, 12:26 PM
well the members have been random never had standard ones (and u would have thougt London one would be the biggest one) So yeah I haven't managed to go on the artmeetup as I always end up staying late at work or too far to go etc... London can suck sometimes....

lets talk about it next week I m happy with anything really, ah almost forgot we never really did tubes as when I organised it was still fresh with all the bomb attacks etc so we did squares, museums, coffee shops etc

11-23-2007, 12:32 PM
In someways i prefer the idea of doing it out and about london rather than on the tube. Tube systems are better in many other countries and i find londons one to be both depressing and confining. Thats why i normally use bus or overground trains.

Did people often notice you drawing them and if so what was their reaction?

11-23-2007, 12:44 PM
they were staring a bit and a couple of them looked offended... you know how Londoners are...

yeah London tube is too compact so people always notice you, unless you get on the District Line and be lucky and get on a new train...

01-07-2008, 01:29 PM
so is there any sketch group happening soon?

01-07-2008, 02:31 PM
guys i will back in london mid feb, doing some freelance gigs and then got a trip in asia. why don,t u meet up!

03-05-2008, 06:05 PM
i wanna start a sketch group in London, anyone interested joining

03-05-2008, 08:49 PM
i'd be interested :)

03-05-2008, 08:51 PM
anyone particular subject or location you guys will be interested in? It can be an outdoor sketch group, doesn't have to a be underground

03-05-2008, 09:01 PM
it was outside when i was doing it... so busy these days... guys if u do it ill try to join u for old times shake :)

03-17-2008, 04:21 AM
Can you guys suggest a time and place we can do this. I never organize such event before. ;)

03-17-2008, 10:56 AM
well look at the first post of the thread that's how i went about organising the details... usually it was on Saturday as people prefered it and places like Trafalgar square etc...really depended on the weather... i ll try to make it if i got the time :+)

03-19-2008, 09:47 PM
Im intrested. :)

This would of been a good day to go

03-20-2008, 06:17 PM
do you think they can freeze long enough for us to draw them :) ? Does this happen regularly, or just a one off thing?

03-20-2008, 06:22 PM
ha ha that would have been a great day out drawing... never heard of it before... oh and guys i would recommend the figure drwaing on meet up but they can be a bit pricey :(

so how's the organising going?

03-20-2008, 06:25 PM
So how many of your are interested?
Can you guys do it on a weekday?

03-20-2008, 06:39 PM
WELL when i was doing it was weekend as i was working full time... now it really depends on the freelance project i m on!!! so i can't promise when i m free or not but as i said i d try to join for old times shake. next week i think i m free friday.

03-25-2008, 10:02 PM
So how many of your are interested?
Can you guys do it on a weekday?

I'd be up for it!
I can do weekdays, but only at lunchtimes or after work (17:00/18:00).
Weekends are generally fine :)

03-25-2008, 10:24 PM
doublepost :(

03-27-2008, 02:15 AM
ok, at least we got 3 now. ;p
i think we should decide a location first before we sit down and arrange a time that we can all show up.

04-29-2008, 06:22 PM
hey new to this forum was wondering if theres gonna be any new, recent sketching sessions. I live in Bristol and Winchester (near Southampton) so not too far away from London if it does take place there, anyone else in?

04-29-2008, 06:24 PM
Hey new to the forum, was wondering if anyones up for a recent sketch sess, i live in Bristol and winchester (near southampton) so not too far away from London if thats where its gonna take place!

06-11-2008, 03:06 PM
hi kyle, i used to live in winchester too.
I have been busy with my other work, now I have sunday open up everyweek.
There are anyone here in the forum can do sunday?

06-14-2008, 11:08 AM
guys i m not in london atm but as i said you're welcome to start again. I will be back late july If you got something going I ll definatelly join.

10-02-2008, 04:35 PM
I know the idea of a London sketch group seems to have died, but if anyone is still up for a communal sketch there's a SketchCrawl on October 25th (Saturday).

Might be a good starting place to gather some people up for a sketch group :)

01-14-2009, 09:19 PM
is this thing still functioning? I would be very intrested in this. :p

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