A doodle a day: Meet the artist behind Norwich's daily drawings

Some of NUA lecturer Neil Davison's daily drawings of the Norwich skyline

NUA lecturer Neil Davison, 52, sketches daily drawings of the Norwich skyline - and other things that spark his imagination - and shares them on social media - Credit: Neil Davison

A Norwich artist who showcases his daily drawings online has shared how publishing his works has had a positive impact on his life.

NUA workshop manager Neil Davison, 52, has taught at the city centre institution for almost three decades, and, in 2013, realised that as much as his job was all about art and creativity, he was doing very little for himself.

Norwich University of the Arts' Neil Davison took to sharing a drawing each day in 2013 to channel his creativity

NUA workshop manager Neil Davison, 53, took to sharing a drawing each day in 2013 to channel his creativity outside of work, with the city of Norwich often acting as his subject - Credit: Neil Davison

"I used to do a lot of running, and have kept a diary of my runs since 1993. In my diary, I would write about the day, about the running and stuff like that, and gradually, over time, I started to do little drawings in the diary as well which kind of documented the day.

Colegate Car Park

Colegate Car Park - Credit: Neil Davison

View from Norwich Castle of the city skyline

View from Norwich Castle of the city skyline - Credit: Neil Davison

"Now, no matter how busy I've been during the day, even if I'm not in the mood for it, I'll do something. I feel better for doing it. I never have any preconceived ideas of what I'm going to do before I draw - whatever comes up, I do. It can be as random as you like."

Using Twitter challenges to spark his creativity, Neil acknowledged that inspiration strikes anywhere, rather than citing specific people or places.

A sketch of Norwich from different angles

A sketch of Norwich from different angles - Credit: Neil Davison

New Mills Yard

New Mills Yard - Credit: Neil Davison

"More than anything though, I take inspiration from my students and what I see around me, tapping into their energies.

"Where I work makes a big difference, because I have creative and visual inspiration every single day. I take inspiration from Instagram, but I never go out of my way to copy someone. Being at art school, you're trained to take risks and play."

Anglia Square

Anglia Square - Credit: Neil Davison

Magdalen Street

Magdalen Street - Credit: Neil Davison

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Armed with a pencil case wherever he goes, depictions of the same city centre hotspots are unique with every visit.

He also creates animal friends with bold personalities as part of his routine, as well as other scenes a little further afield, with Mundesley punters and boats on the Broads at Wroxham also featuring as the subject of his art.

A sketch of beach-goers at Mundesley beach, Norfolk by Neil Davison from Norwich

A watercolour sketch of beach-goers at Mundesley beach, Norfolk by Neil Davison from Norwich - Credit: Neil Davison

Black and white sketch of boats at Wroxham, Norfolk

A black and white sketch of boats at Wroxham, Norfolk by artist and NUA lecturer Neil Davison - Credit: Neil Davison

And even though he's flattered by the interest in his work, fans will have to appreciate his work online - as commissions aren't really his forte.

"It's really nice to have a platform where I can get that creativeness out of my head. I do it to please me, and other people like it too, I guess!"

Carrow Road

Carrow Road - Credit: Neil Davison

To see more of Neil's daily drawing, you can find him at @neildavison1969 on Instagram and Twitter.

Anglia Square

Anglia Square - Credit: Neil Davison

Anglia Square

Anglia Square - Credit: Neil Davison


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