Day 886: San Bernabe Monastery, Spain

Day 886: San Bernabe Monastery, Spain

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Reference image: pinterest link

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, bit a of random looking one today with this monastery built into a cliff face in Spain with its grand doors and the lovely buildings. Not sure I captured the rock face that the building is built into at all but it was quite hard to get right  I did get the shape of the building down pretty accurately though which is good. Just wish I’d had a bit more time to define it (I left this sketch till quite late and kept getting distracted while doing it!

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Day 885: New tramway Terminal Part 2

Day 885: New tramway Terminal Part 2

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Reference image: Personnal photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

Bit of a shorter sketch today of the second image that I’ve taken of the construction of the new local tram terminal in Seaton, Devon. Definitely different to the old one that stood here thats for sure, even from the bare skeleton that it is now. (I think I have some sketches which show the tramway station if only partly somewhere at the beginning of the blog).

Bit of a more basic stippled sketch here though, with it basically being just a skeleton but I think you can still see what it’s menat to be so I’m happy.

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Day 884: Canoeing

Day 884: Canoeing

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Reference image: pinterest link!

Time taken: 45 minutes

Loved this little scene of the tiny canoe being silhouetted against the lake and the stand of trees behind it and just had to sketch it. Pretty similar to some of the other sketches that I’ve been doing recently but still loved doing it and trying to get better at representing water and all the shadows and reflections. Loved the outcome of this though, especially the little boat and the person on it.

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Day 883: Snow Covered Church

Day 883: Snow Covered Church

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Reference image: pinterest link!

Time taken: 65 minutes

Another more involved sketch for today (though I have included all the time that I managed to get distracted by the youtube video playing in the background so it might not have taken that long overall) of this snow covered church. Loved the look of the snow on the roof and just like churches in general (though I bet you hadn’t guessed that already from the rest of the blog lol) and the dark trees in the background offering contrast. Trying to get better with my tones with these sketches at the moment so let me know if you guys have any tips or think I’m doing it wrong!

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Day 882: Boating Lake

Day 882: Boating Lake

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Reference image: pinterest link!

Time taken: 60 minutes

Bit of a more involved daily sketch stippling today of this lake today that I got a bit carried away with and really enjoyed. Love the little scene with the 4 boats sitting there next to the shore with a couple of trees and some racks for,  I would assume, drying stuff on. Anyway I just really liked the scene and really liked the outcome of the sketch and hope you guys do too!

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Day 881: Reflection Lake

Day 881: Reflection Lake

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Reference image: Pinterest link!

Time taken: 55 minutes

Bit of a simple one this time with a look at a reflected silhouette lake with a couple of trees sat on a island in the middle of a lake. Loved the simple look of it with the black trees and islands in the middle and its as simple as that. Like the outcome of the sketch as well though probably could have done with going a little bit darker with the sky but it doesn’t distract that much from the overall image and I like it!

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Day 880: Valaam Monastery, Lake Ladoga, Russia

Day 880: Valaam Monastery, Lake Ladoga, Russia

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Reference image: pinterest link

Time taken: 60 minutes

So we’ve left Scotland today to travel to Russia where I found this lovely church set behind this wall of pines (figuratively speaking with the travelling to Russia or Scotland, I’ve never actually been to either). Choose to sketch the image mainly because of the actual wall of trees rather than the building which probably makes sense seeing as you can’t actually see a lot of the building.

Like the outcome of this one as well and it was a pretty laid back sketch while on daddy day-care and enjoyed doing it which is the main thing, especially liking how the grass came out in the foreground.

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Day879: Castle Stalker, Scotland

Day879: Castle Stalker, Scotland

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Reference image: pinterest link

Time taken: 45 minutes

Another sketch from Scotland of my current apparent obsession with ruined castles and random lakes, showing, you guessed it, a ruined castle in the middle of the a lake. Not the best place I would have thought for a castle or tower but there you go, I suppose its easily defendable.

Anyway liked the view with the different layers to it and wanted to sketch it. Bit annoyed that I didn’t get any of the sheep in the bottom half of the image in the sketch (well ok I kind of got one just below the tree line on the right hand side of the image but not it looks that much like a sheep if I’m being honest). but other than that I’m happy with the sketch (though I do wish I could have got a better photo of it too but hopefully I’m goignt o get a scanner soon so that problem will be gone!)

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Day 878: Loch Lochy, Boating

Day 878: Loch Lochy, Boating

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Reference image: pinterest link!

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, this was a bit quicker in terms of the stippling sketches that I’ve done recently and one of my favourites, of a place called Loch Lochy (apparently that is actually the name of the place) with a lovely boat and reflection make up to the image that drew me in, and made me really want to sketch it. didn’t really go as dark in places as the actual reference image but I think this may have helped make the boat pop out a bit more which is nice as it is the focus point of the sketch and overall is just a sketch that I’m really happy with!

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