Day 1000: Oscar

Day 1000: Oscar

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So, we finally made it too day 1000! (Well ok, slight confession that I’m sure a load of you have already figured out. I made it too day 1000 a little while ago but have been a bit sparse in actually uploading these things. My apologies and I’ll try and get back on track). Anyway, we’ve finally reached day 1000 which is awesome as when I first started it I didn’t think I’d make it too 100, let alone 1000! I also didn’t think I’d have people that actually follow me and check in on everything I do so thanks too you lot, new and old that have helped to keep me motivated throughout the blog!

Don’t worry though I don’t plan on finishing here (as mentioned above I’m definitely a fair few days behind so can confirm that I haven’t stopped!). As for the sketch I though one of my son would be a good choice and am I really glad I did as it turned out to be one of the best sketches that I’ve done of him, sat smiling in his trike while on a daddy day-care walk!

He’s also been one of my biggest supporters with his suggestions for sketching trains obviously having a bit of an impact on the content of the blog as well as his approval of most of the sketches I’ve shown him (even though there were a few which he declared outright that he didn’t like!)

So, that’s enough of me blabbering on! Thanks again to everyone who’s been along for the journey so far and here’s to the next 1000 days of sketching!

Till next time!

 

 

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Day 974: Japanese Station Guard

Day 974: Japanese Station Guard

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Loved this image of a station guard in Japan standing waiting for the train to come in. not something you ever see over here in the UK and just thought the actual scene was quite a nice one to sketch.

Till next time!

 

Day 932: Travelling

Day 932: Travelling

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Kind of along the same lines as the previous sketch (in so much as it has a figure and a plane in it) but this time with a lady presumably heading towards here plane to begin her holiday (or more than likely in a going nowhere in a staged photoshoot or hell, even a photoshopped picture but that’s not important.) What is however, is that I wanted to do one with a figure in it and wanted to see how long it would take me to do a mainly dark tone (pretty much black here) so thought this suited down to the ground. Turns out it didn’t take all that long to do the black, or near black stippling and I quite liked the sketch overall.

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Day 931: Spitfire and Pilot

Day 931: Spitfire and Pilot

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So, this was a bit of a departure from what I’ve been drawing lately and a completely random find but I loved it the moment I saw it and know that I had to sketch it. Quite a interesting one to try and do quickly as well with the whole black and very dark tones in it as these tend to take a while with stippling so this sketch probably took a bit longer than usual but I really didn’t mind. In fact, unless I’ve got a deadline such as work or the end of the day I don’t really seem to actually care how long I stipple for and can very easily just sit here for several hours stippling something (granted though, this is rarely one of these sketches but usually some finished piece that I’m trying to do). I just really love the medium and technique!

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Day 859: Santa Clause

Day 859: Santa Clause

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Time taken: 15 minutes

So, first things first Happy belated Christmas to everyone who’s watching this blog, I hope you all had a lovely holiday! Or at least I hope it went a bit better than this sketch did of aa model father Christmas in my parents house. Definitely not the best of the sketches that I’ve done as I was trying to get it done a fast as possible so that I could finish a Christmas present for boxing day and didn’t have a lot of time, still at least I got actually remembered to get it done which is the main thing.

Till next time!

 

Day 856: Railyard

Day 856: Railyard

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Time taken: 20 minutes

Another train scene with a  figure as the focal point for day 856, this time of a scene in a railyard with several trains waiting behind the worker in the foreground. Did this one in biro as you can probably tell from how light the pen lines are and enjoyed the brief change in medium (however small a change it is) and enjoyed the outcome of this guys face a lot more than the previous train guy that I had sketched.

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Day 854: Train Drivers

Day 854: Train Drivers

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Time taken: 25 minutes

So, another train sketch for day 854 but this time focusing more on the figures in the scene (or at least the guy leaning out of the train). Used a thicker nib for this as well and tried to sketch quicker with it, despite not being all that familiar with the main subject of the sketch, figures. Still really liked how it came out and don’t think the face and pose looks too bad or inaccurate, despite its messiness.

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Day 845: For Honour Centurion

Day 845: For Honour Centurion

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Time taken: 40 minutes

Bit more involved with the sketch from yesterday as it was the first one in a new sketchbook and I wanted to draw soemthign a bit different and choose this pose of the a Centurion from the game For Honour. Think I managed to get the pose down well and the proportion aren’t too bad in it (though the sword should be a bit bigger). I’m particularly happy with how the left arm came out (his left).

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Day 741: Knee Deep Creek Mining Company BHLR

Day 741: Knee Deep Creek Mining Company, Beer Heights Light Railway 

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Reference photo: Personal photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this is the second train from the photos that I took yesterday, this time of a replica of what I assume is a old Wild West locomotive (or at least it looks like it) at a very strange angle to draw from. Still I really don’t think it suffered for it and once again it was a fun sketch and one that has the approval of my train obsessed son!

Till next time!