Day 723: Av, Victoria Ote, Mexico City

Day 723: Av, Victoria Ote, Mexico City


Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, found this interesting looking modern church a couple of streets over from where we did yesterday’s sketch, which, with its striking shape and the framing from the trees and the lovely shite fence for contrast made me instantly want to sketch it! Pretty happy with it as well wonky lines and all and I like that I managed to get the white fence to actually look like a white fence which I normally struggle to do.

Also, the figure at the bottom actually looks like a figure so it looks like Day 722: Street Food did help me out a bit!

Till next time!



Day 693: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou

Day 693: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Guangzhou


Reference image: scroll down a bit till you reach the reference photo!

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this was a bit of a departure from New York with a random look at a rather unusual place of worship in Asia. I also departed slightly from my previous style that I had with this one being a lot more dark and having more contrast. Mind you I think the whole zoomed out and small scale of it helped with being able to easily push values as there isn’t a lot of flat surfaces to worry about unlike the other sketches.

Till next time!

Day 679: 20 Rudgers St, New York

Day 679: 20 Rudgers St, New York


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, another building in New York, this time a church built amongst the apartments buildings which I thought was interesting so decided to sketch it. Not my favourite sketch that I’ve done lately as it came out a bit messy but its not too bad and is recognisable as a church. Not really much else to say about it so I’ll move onto the next sketch which will finally have us all caught up!

Till next time!

Day 642: St Petrox church, Dartmouth

Day 642: St Petrox church, Dartmouth


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, this was a lovely little church that we walked past a month or so ago when we visited Dartmouth Castle (which this church is attached too). Really nice place as well that had a lovely view overlooking the mouth of the river Dart (apparently you can occasionally see dolphins here as well).

Really liked the how the sketch came out for what was a shorter sketch than the other ones have been even if it does look a bit rough in places.

Till next time!

Day 641: 5 Embankment, Dartmouth (Dartmouth Harbour)

Day 641: 5 Embankment, Dartmouth (Dartmouth Harbour) 


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, decided to do this one as quickly as possible and a little looser than I had been doing as I wanted to try and get a panoramic view of Dartmouth Harbour which, has got to be one of the strangest harbours ever as its basically a square reservoir connected to the river Dart by a low tunnel which passes underneath the main road and a wide promenade so yer, not the most boat friendly harbour (definitely no sails anyway). Quite like the outcome of the sketch too. True its very loose and some bits a unclear but I like the amount of detail I managed to get into it!

Day 597: 4 The Sanctuary, Westminster London (Westminster Abbey)

Day 597: 4 The Sanctuary, Westminster London (Westminster Abbey)


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 1 hour

So, started a new sketchbook yesterday so decided to do a bit of a more involved sketch as the beginning of the sketchbook (plus, it had to contain a door as per standard to a first sketch in a new sketchbook. Admittedly though, the door is a bit of a stretch in this one). As you can see this also took me twice as long but I was really enjoying the sketch of Westminster Abbey and wanted to try and get as many details into it as well.

Pretty happy with how the sketch came out as well, especially with the amount of detail it had and how much of it I managed to get down. True it’s not entirely accurate but oh well I like it and I hope you do too!

Till next time!

Day 594: 10 Cannon St, London (St Paul’s Cathedral)

Day 594:  10 Cannon St, London (St Paul’s Cathedral)


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, decided to do a rather well documented and iconic building in London for day 594 in the form of St Pauls Cathedral form one of the many streets that emanate from it. Not really that big a reason for sketching it other than I wanted to try and sketch what everyone else seems to photograph/sketch. Quite happy with how it came out too and how much detail I managed to get into it in the 30 minutes. Pity that the time limit meant that I had to miss out the tower that is to the right of the building but oh well, I think I might come back and do a more detailed sketch of it later on anyway

Till next time.

Day 591: Rousdon Estate Church Devon

Day 591: Rousdon Estate Church Devon


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this was the other one of the sketches from Rousdon that I was talking about in the last one. This time its of the church that s located on the estate which although not as grand as the other building is still very nice and aesthetically in keeping with the main building as well which was nice to see. This sketch, in my opinion also came out a lot better than the other one did (not that I don’t like the other one, just this one came out neater). Any, as with many of my other sketches random bits seem to be what catch my eyes in the finished sketches, in this case the fence along the bottom which, really isn’t all that interesting or important.

Oh well, such is the way of sketching!

Till next time!

Day 571: 3 W Tenter St, London

Day 571: 3 W Tenter St, London


Reference image: streetview view

Time taken: 35mins

So, another church for day 571 (this time I’m also pretty sure it is actually a church or at the very least was at some point). Loved the way this building looked so grand in amongst the buildings surrounded it and how it was opposite some really modern looking glass block. The sketch came out pretty nicely too. Could have been a bit neater but there were a lot of details to get into it. I do quite like the windows detailing’s and how I choose to do the trees in the foreground by just leaving a white space. May have to try this technique more often but just hopefully refine it a bit more in the future. Another little detail I love about these sketches is the random street lights and road signs that block parts of the subject. definitely happy to include these rather than omit them.

Anyway lets quickly move on as were not quite caught up again yet!

Till then!