Mike Whalley


Drawing has been at the centre of my life since I was a child. I relax and find focus in drawing. I try and draw regularly; I've always had a talent, but like any skill it needs practice.

drawing of towels on the line

During 2020 I've had more time to draw, but a limited range of subjects. Drawing can make the most mundane situations and objects interesting.

drawing of a coffee pot in the shape of a camel

Every drawing tells a story.

garden in Brampton

Garden in Brampton

Urban Sketching

Urban Sketchers came into being in 2007, through an online forum created by Seattle journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario.

“For all sketchers out there who love to draw the cities where they live and visit, from the window of their homes, from a cafe, at a park, standing by a street corner... always on location, not from photos or memory.”
Urban Sketchers
bandstand at the Horniman Museum, London
drawing of The Regents Canal
UK Urban Sketchers in Amsterdam
drawing of St Pauls from Tate Modern
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  1. Drawing at Stoke on Trent UK Symposium 2018
  2. The Horniman Museum, London
  3. Little Venice, London
  4. UK USK Amsterdam International Symposium 2019
  5. St Pauls from Tate Modern, London
Drawing of Santa Maria Della Salute

Sata Maria Della Salute, Venice

When I was recuperating from illness and during the pandemic in 2020, Google Maps streetscene feature became a regular source of subjects.

Drawing of Arran

Arran, drawn from a photograph


People are a challenging and fascinating subject to draw. I can't always have a live model but online sources have provided an excellent resource recently. During January 2021 I drew a portrait every day. Spending the morning drawing someone gave purpose to the lockdown day.

Portrait of a woman

Portrait of a woman

Portrait of a woman

Portraits from Sktchy online community