Day 728: Mexican Bike Taxi

Day 728: Mexican Bike Taxi


Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 20 minutes

So, a bit of a shorter one for today but I had to sketch one of these bike taxi things I keep seeing all over the city which appears to combine the idea of a Rickshaw with a motorbike. As said above it was a lot quicker than my normal sketches but I don’t think the quality suffered for it and I’m happy with how it came out though the background elements do look a bit disjointed from the bike and rider, still a fun a slightly different sketch. Also I’ve just realised that I’m only 2 days away from two years of this daily sketching so that’s exciting. Now I just need to find something interesting to sketch for then!

Till next time!


Day 722: Street Food

Day 722: Street Food (Tuxpan 11A, Roma Sur, 06760 Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City)


Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, something a bit different for yesterdays sketch in the form of this street market in Mexico City. Wanted to try and improve on my figures a bit so choose this scene as it had a few standing around in it. and some interesting stalls to draw for the background. not too sure how I like how it came out as I like the figures in it but the actual sketch looks a bit disjointed and not as refined as the ones that I usually do. Still I like the people and as they were my main point of the sketch I’m considering it a win!

Till next time!

Day 611: Brixton Market, London

Day 611: Brixton Market, London


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, for today I decided to head into The market that I was meant to be sketching yesterday and get a sketch from The inside showing the actual market stalls and what not’s. Still not sure I really managed to capture it completely but it definitely looks more like a market than yesterdays sketch did so I consider it a success in that respect. I was quite a busy sketch as well with quite a lot of details to try and figure out how I was going to get it in in the time allotted.

Anyway I quite like the outcome of it and it gave me some practise with people so that’s all good things.

Till next time!

Day 496: Santa’s Little Helper

Day 496: Santa’s Little Helper


Reference Image: personal photo

So, for day 496 we have another attempt at drawing my son, this time wearing his Christmas Elf/ Santa’s Little Helper outfit and leaning against the chair.

Unfortunately, once again an attempt at drawing my son didn’t turn out well. As my wife put it, I seem to have aged him a lot in his face though I’ve got no idea what I did to get it that way or how I managed to make it look so different from the actual photo but there we go, at least his eye’s actually look right.

I think, looking at it while typing this I may have made his head a bit bulbous which probably didn’t help with the accuracy as he doesn’t have a bulbous head in real life (or at least not that I’ve noticed lol), anyway I’m going to just move onto the next one for now and maybe try again with a sketch of my son in the future.

Till then!

Day 495: Green Arrow

Day 495: Green Arrow


Reference Image: Source image was pretty much this one though quite a bit darker.

So, again were really far behind but screw it, lets try and get at least a little bit caught back up before I end up way to far behind starting with this Boxing Day sketch of Green Arrow. Now I have to put my hands up and say that I have no idea who Green arrow actually is but never mind, I really liked the image and wanted to draw an archer so there we go.

Turned out quite nicely, though I think the face could have been a bit better as the eyes looks a little bit off. Still the foreshortening came out well which was probably the biggest part of the sketch so that’s all good and the hand around the bow turned out well.

Anyway given that I have god knows how many days to upload lets get ion with it and move onto the next one shall we?

Till then!


Day 492: Santa Claus

Day 492: Santa Claus


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So, here we have another Christmas themed sketch for Christmas Eve (which, being entirely honest is only fair, I mean it would have been a bit odd for me to not do a Christmas themed sketch on Christmas Eve) .This time its my attempt at sketching the big man himself , Santa Claus, in this case the one from the movie of the same name (the one that also had the elf played by Dudley Moore in it which I sketched several days back (which I do also now realise that contrary to what I said yesterday in the Reindeer blog, was the first Christmas sketch)).

Anyway, I didn’t really have a lot of time with this one as I had work on Christmas Eve and other things that I needed to get done (what with it being a busy time of year and all) so it was a bit rushed but overall I still like how it came out in the end and I think is still recognisable (as Santa at least, even if not as the actor), which is the main thing.

So, with the jolly red guy having had a sketch that’s the Christmas sketches pretty much done with one last one for Christmas Day which I’ll get uploaded in a minute.

Till then!

Day 490: The Dark Knight

Day 490: The Dark Knight


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So, firstly Merry Christmas to everyone who follows the blog  (a couple of days late I know but nevermind). Secondly, my apologise for getting really behind on posting these blogs. As usual though, I’ve been keeping up with the actual sketches which is the main thing.

Unfortunately though, this means that we now have a load of days to catch up on starting with this Batman to go with day 489’s Joker. Quite happy with this sketch as he actually came out looking quite accurate and I really like the stark black contrast with the black pen.

So, that’s one down, only another half a dozen or so to go before we’re caught up, better get typing tomorrow me thinks!

Till then!

Day 489: Why So Serious?

Day 489: Why So Serious?


Reference Image: Apologies, I closed the tab and now can’t find the exact image that I used as reference.

So, with the best intentions of continuing the Christmas theme I managed to get distracted watching a youtube sketching video and instead, ended up drawing Heath Ledgers Joker looking rather dejected but in his usual evil way.

Really like this sketch as well as I love the expression on his face and how I managed to get some good looking eyes from this sketch which is something I usually struggle with and I love his iconic mouth with its tearing up the side,  overall, just a really nice sketch that I think came out well.

So, another two more to go to catch up but I’m also falling asleep now so will have to do them tomorrow.

Till then!

Day 488: Patch

Day 488: Patch 


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So, as we’re nearing Christmas, I decided to do the first of what I suspect will be several Christmas sketches with the Elf character played by Dudley Moore from the film Santa Claus the movie, one of mine and my brothers favourite Christmas movies (looking back though this film was a slightly over the top explosion of colour but damned if I’m not going to make my son watch it as he grows up!).

Anyway, the sketch came out quite well given how hard it was for me to find an actual image that I wanted to sketch from, choosing this one above (the actual image was a cropped version of the one of the Elf and the evil businessman). Quite like the likeness that I achieved with the sketch as well though the expression is a little bit vacant looking and he looks like a Thunderbird character as my wife pointed out, but still, I’m happy with the sketch which is the main thing.

Right, so that’s day 488 posted and as you’ve probably noticed were a bit behind again so let’s get at least another one uploaded tonight.

Till then!