Sketching in Hertford: The Memorial Stag

May 23, 2012


Sketching on location: the Hertford Memorial Stag



In summer, Hertford Art Society members meet outdoors to sketch and paint. Yesterday evening the weather was balmy, and we gathered in the Fore Street area of Hertford itself…



…before going for a drink at the Salisbury Arms.



What really interested me most was the war memorial that stands in Parliament Square at the end of Fore Street. This is a tall stone plinth on which stands a magnificent bronze stag sculpted by Sir Edward Alfred Brisco Drury. This monument is surrounded by name panels commemorating those who died in World War I and World War II.

For more information about this memorial click this link:

 I sketched the stag from two positions. It is a challenge to draw an animal from below like this as foreshortening will be extreme. The first drawing was made with Durer and Inktense water-soluble pencils and a water-brush:

The second was drawn with coloured pencils without water.

Hertford Art Society is very active in the area and gives a warm welcome to new members. To see their full range of activities and exhibitions, follow this link:



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