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Be a wedding sketchographer

Adebanji Alade jumped at the chance to be the official sketchographer at a friend’s wedding, and this activity is now a growing part of his professional practice. Here he shares his tips and advice for getting it right on the big day

I have always loved to sketch. I am obsessed and addicted to sketching. This simple activity has changed the way I see the world, improved my painting and opened a new world to me in my career. I have had a rule for years now and it is simply that I sketch one thing form life everyday apart from Sundays, which is my day off.

My passion for sketching has enabled me to build up courage, consistency and confidence over the years. I have tons of sketchbooks and they are all filled with sketches of mostly people and places. I was always willing to sketch anyone, anywhere, no matter the occasion – I was always up for it.

Official sketchographer

One day I received a request from one of my friends, one who had been a great fan of my sketches over the years.

The request was simply this: she asked if I could cover her wedding with a few sketches from the day – anything that interested me or caught my attention. I was really nervous because I knew that the scrutiny I’d be under might affect everything and it could all go horribly wrong. But then I thought of the challenge and, if I pulled it off, the opportunities it might present to do this on a regular basis. I convinced myself to give it a go. ‘Great,’ said my friend when I told her. ‘You’ll be one of the special invited guests – you’ll be the Official Sketchographer for the day!’.

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Paint lively watercolour landscapes using the hard and soft edge technique, learn how to capture the movement of water in your watercolours, become a wedding sketchographer, depict the figure in pastels, improve your compositional know-how, develop your colour-mixing skills - all this and much more in this month's issue! Hazel Soan encourages you to you paint informal portraits, BBC1's The Big Painting Challenge winner Suman Kaur shares her top ten tips learnt during the series and David Gould explains how he combines digital and traditional techniques to create contemporary artworks. Soraya French is back to invite you to discover the joy of mark making and create a mixed-media landscape, whilst Jake Winkle reveals the importance of interpreting your subject for more creative results. Charles Williams talks about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Ian Sidaway tests the new Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Paper range, Glyn Macey shows how Andy Warhol's work can inspire new approaches, and Adebanji Alade offers his regular motivational tips to keep you painting with energy and confidence. Enjoy!
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