It's too cold, wet and windy at the moment for sketching outdoors (for me at least), so I've retreated to the Cambridge branch of Marks and Spencer over the course of a few days to sketch from the cafe. The tables by the windows on the second floor offer a splendid view of the Market Square and St Mary's the Great church with Kings College chapel in the background. The aspect I chose to sketch looks across the market stalls and down St Mary's Street toward the Senate House lawn.
So lessons learnt on this trip.
- If sketching from a popular eating venue get there early to ensure the position you want. (This also allows more time to complete the drawing, I had to return to the same spot to finish my sketch as I hadn't allowed enough time and the light was fading.)
- Get your food or drink before you sit down even if the seat you want isn't immediately available. You can quickly switch seats later.
- If possible reconnoitre the venue first to check the best view, time of day etc.
- Be prepared to wait! (You can always sketch your fellow diners while you wait!)