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Also while I was in York, I figured that it would be smart to get some images of assets. I didn’t get as many as I probably should have done, but I managed to snap a few all the same.

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I decided to take a lot of snaps of the clock because it intrigued me. Situated on the side of an archway, it isn’t something that you would find in most cities, while this one is set on the side of the archway with an intricate frame to hang it onto the wall, most other places would have a generic clock that is either placed into the wall or is on a stand near the wall, so this was rather interesting and different to get an image of and it is also something that I hadn’t noticed while on my previous visits to the city, so it was a nice find.

As per the norm there were street signs that I took pictures of, bollards as well next to the pub and the advertisement boards outside of the pub as well showing the offers of the day there and some other street signs as well that were littering the walls of the shops in The Shambles.


So over the weekend I took a magical journey to the mystical and magnificent city of York. While in York I decided that pictures needed to be captured for reference in the project “The Street. So I took a digital camera with me and the images came thick and fast. The bulk of the images are the exteriors of pubs and bars, but there are some street images that were taken while I was down in The Shambles, one of the oldest streets in the city. Fortunately I was able to get to York before it became too crowded and I was able to capture some worthwhile images.

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These images of The Shambles have been taken mostly because they show the layout of a busy street, along with some of the old style buildings that are down there that add atmosphere and interest to the ever popular street. It also shows the layout of a typical street, which I think could be invaluable in the project that we are working on.

Of course the main reason for my visiting York was to capture images of the various pub and bar areas within the city, this next set of images are some of the many that I captured while walking through the center of the sprawling city.

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Rob Carey is an american teacher and urban sketcher based in Germany. His work often features on

His work covers things such as city scapes, streets and stations, along with other areas, such as the street with trams travelling down it that can be seen in the first image.

Ok so the group has just held its first proper discussion about the “The Street” project that we have been assigned for Craft and Media Tech. The talks were very productive, with lists being compiled of the building that each person within the group will be designing, along with an asset that each person will be creating for that building. The lists are as follows in regards to the buildings:

Barrie – Traditional style pub with ground floor access.

Alex – Rail Bridge.

Matt – Bank with roof access

Scott – Run down café

James – Two story nightclub

Jamie – Three story Butchers shop

Sam – Refurbished Takeaway

Mark – Comic shop with upstairs cinema

Tim – Traditional/Modern pub with floor access and apartments on the first floor

Adam – Three story office building with roof access

Craig – Abandoned toy shop

Nathan – Retro style record shop

Ethan – A traditional/modern style pub

Chris – Abandoned garage with flats above with roof and first floor access

Reece – Abandoned Tudor style pub with an alley down the side.

Ryan – A converted Seaside shop that has become a junk shop.

We also created a list of assets that each person will be creating to go along with their building.

Barrie – Steel beer kegs

Alex – Billboard

Matt – ATM machine

Scott – Picnic Table

James – Bottles

Jamie – Pig Carcass

Sam – Scaffolding

Mark – “A” Sign

Tim – Crates

Adam – Pallets

Craig – Toy Bunny

Nathan – Railings

Ethan – Bins

Chris – Tyre

Reece – Wooden Crates

Ryan – Wardrobe

Using these lists we can work through the things that we need to do, all the while taking reference pictures and gathering other sources of information we need for our designs, being able to pool our findings and sharing with the group.

James Richards is an urban sketcher from Fort Worth in Texas that maintains a digital sketchbook, adding to it regularly with images of drawings that he has done for projects while traveling. Here is the link to his sketchbook:

The first project I will be looking at by James is called “A week in a monastery” Each year, within the first or second week, James spends his time at The Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky.

This first image is taken from the view that can be seen along the entrance walk to the Abbey, as is mentioned in the writing on the image. He has also done a number of inside drawings, which are explained as had to be done because of the temperatures outside making it hard to access the best spots.

James has also done a sketch of Machu Picchu, here is the article:

Gabriel Campanario is an urban sketcher based in and around Seattle. The images above are taken from his project “You can’t spell P-Patch without Picardo”, the full project of which is talked about here

By working within his local area, Campanario has managed to find an allotment patch and has gained permission to sketch it. This is interesting because Seattle is a city scape, with monstrous buildings and architectural wonders all over the place, and yet this Urban Sketcher has managed to find an agricultural point to transform into artwork. As is written within the linked article, the Picardo Farm Patch is “a remnant of the neighborhood’s semirural past, when it was outside the city limits.

But Campanario has traveled around and found many other wonders that just begged to be drawn. Such as this article he created

This building has many names. It has been called The Pacific Building, the Amazon Building and The Beacon, because of it’s shape and location. This building has been described as “Striking” by Campanario because of it’s original Orange colouring on the brick, along with the way that it stands out, exactly like a beacon on a hill.

Other projects of Campanario can be found by clicking on this link

Offering full explanations for why he did particular drawings, along with a little of the history of some of the locations that he has visited, Campanario is an interesting Urban Sketcher that has done some stunning work.








Another high street example would be The Shambles in York. This old style street is one of the most popular places to visit while within the city, shops that cater to all needs, from clothes to chocolate and everything in between, it is always busy and pushing is often the only way a person can make it from one end of the street to the other. As can be seen in the image below, there are always crowds and it can become difficult to gain access to the shops that you wish to go into.

The old style shops are a welcome change from modern stores, with their old style windows and small doorways, coupled with the energized atmosphere of the street and its cobbled pathways, makes for an interesting experience while walking down this historic street.








In terms of game play, this street could very easily find a use within an era type game; possibly around the Victorian era. The player could wander through the streets of old style York, recreated through The Shambles. Or they could start off in The Shambles and move through a portal of some kind, which would take them to modern day York, allowing the player to then blend in with the modern day crowds or travel back into Victorian era York and venture through it, completing tasks in either time. It could also suit the need of a street in a fantasy type game, similar to Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter game series, with the character travelling through the street, collecting supplies before moving on to another stage in the game.

Window shopping and stepping into the shops themselves is always interesting, there are plenty of things to look at and it is never completely the same after several trips, something always changes so there is always something new to see and smell or hear.

The street seems to have been unaffected too heavily by the recent change in the economic state of the country, even though high streets in most other cities are seeing shops close and a decline in the state of the street as a whole, The Shambles appears to be as popular as ever and there are next to no shops closed at all, any that are soon find themselves replaced and refurbished with another tenant, selling something new that adds to the scene of The Shambles and draws in the crowds.

I think that the future of The Shambles is fairly easy to predict. It will continue to be a place of popularity with shoppers in York and it will continue to draw in crowds of people that are from outside of the city, travelling just so that they can have the unique experience of the old style shops and cobblestone pathways. E-commerce expansion and Recession seem to have completely missed this busy little street, which I think is fantastic because it is an amazing place to visit within the city and it should continue to be popular. I for one make sure that The Shambles is the first place I visit whenever I travel to York.

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