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MEET: Bryn Hughes by Sian Hughes of http://siansburys.net


Please tell us what you do and how you started I draw and paint (in that order). I knew I was going to be an architect when I was just 10 years old, which is strange really since I was born in a small village in South Wales where my father was a coal miner and my mother a nurse. After years of threatening to produce a sketchbook of buildings which inspire me to stop and look, the gift of a small box of watercolours from my eldest daughter in 2001 was the spark which led me to start sketching.


Were you taught to draw and paint? I did Art at ‘A’ Level and a degree in Architecture but I was left to develop my own style, which was really good. The only formal advice I was given was how to put on an even


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watercolour wash over a large area and how to set up one and two point perspectives. I do love to buy books on watercolour techniques which I’m sure have influenced my style.


Tell us about how you work. I am always accompanied on my wanderings by my rucksack containing my box of watercolours, a 0.1 Pilot DR pen, sketchbook and a stool. My personal technique is to sit facing a building and draw directly in pen, normally without pencil pre-drawing, onto rough A4 size watercolour paper. This method gives spontaneity since mistakes cannot be corrected and the adrenaline produced speeds up the whole process. Then, to keep the mood going at a fast pace, I immediately start watercolouring by painting in the dark windows. I find putting the


first strokes of paint onto paper the scariest step so I always start in this way. I then continue with the rest of the watercolouring dropping in yellow ochre, ultramarine or magenta


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