No.3 – Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle by illustrator Jonathan Chapman

No. 3 of my 2018 world series challenge is Edinburgh Castle. 

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite rising of 1745. As the backdrop to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo during the annual Edinburgh International Festival the castle has become a recognisable symbol of Edinburgh and of Scotland.

The illustration is 39 x 29cm created with acrylic and ink on acrylic paper. I wanted to capture some of the city rooftops leading up to the Castle Rock, but I also wanted to capture the changing light as stormy clouds cross the sky. Edinburgh was one of my favourite places to visit whilst we lived in Newcastle, as it was only a couple of hours travel further north… but there’s so much to see, i’d love to return with sketchbook and camera soon.

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Next up: No.4 – St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow.