Day 697: Lichfield Cathedral Door

Day 697: Lichfield Cathedral Door


Reference image: reference image

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, another new sketchbook for day 697 and I wanted to go back to the whole door thing for new sketchbooks so did some searching on google for some interesting looking doors, coming up with this door of the cathedral in Lichfield which had some lovely wooden doors with filigree on it (I think that’s the correct term) and some nice contrast with the shadows and the lights. Pretty loose interpretation of it overall (with some slightly whacky proportions) but a fun little sketch to start, what I think, is the 12 sketch book!

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Day 682: Elizabeth Tower

Day 682: Elizabeth Tower


Reference image: Done on site across from the tower

Time taken: 45 minutes

So, this was done while taking a break from strolling around London on the Saturday, sat in the small park/garden that’s outside the Hospital, across the river from the Elizabeth Tower in London (more commonly known as Big Ben). Quite a fun little sketch that was nice to be able to do on site (though having an ambulance come past every 3 minutes was a bit crazy.

Quite surprised with how much detail I managed to get into as well though I do with I had more time to get some of the surroundings into the sketch, especially some of the bridge that’s off to the right of it. Still, a thoroughly enjoyable sketch done on site!

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Day 681: Saltram

Day 681: Saltram


Reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 45 minutes +/-

So, this was the sketch that I did on the train up to London last Friday. Had a bit more time to do this though I’m not sure how much time I actually spent as it was interspersed between talking with my wife.

Really happy with how the sketch came out though I did realise half way through that the actual subject of the sketch, the house at the National Trust property of Saltram, was a bit boring in comparison to the sketches from New York. Still, I think that I managed to get it down nicely.

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Day 671: Water Tower, South Devon Railway

Day 671: Water Tower, South Devon Railway


Reference photo: Personal photo

Time taken: 20 minutes

So, this was a quick sketch that I managed to get done of the water tower that’s at the South Devon Railway Buckfastleigh station (the one that I’ve done a load of sketches from a little while ago). Just found it on my phone and thought it would make a nice quick easy subject to sketch. I was meant to actually spend longer on it and get some more of the background in, but my son woke up and I decided to just leave it as it was in the end as I quite liked where it was at and didn’t really think adding more stuff would necessarily make it look any better. Hopefully a choice that you lot will agree with!

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Day 630: South Devon Railway, Dumbleton Hall Locomotive

Day 630: South Devon Railway, Dumbleton Hall Locomotive


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this as another of the locomotives that is found sat on the sidings at the Buckfastliegh sheds. Really nice looking engine though I’d imagine that it was a bit overkill for the length of the line and what it had to pull so would probably not be that efficient. Still, I loved the size of it compared to the rest of the engines there  (it’s longer than this appears as well as I accidently squished the sketch a bit in the boiler length) and had to get a photo and sketch of it which I hope you all enjoy!

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Day 629: South Devon Railway GWR 0-6-0PT 1361

Day 629: South Devon Railway GWR 0-6-0PT 1361


Reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, another SDR sketch of another of the Locomotives that are used at the SDR, this one in particular is a old freight yard shunting unit that was being used on the day to pull the train that we took, doing a lovely job. Quite a small train in comparison to the one that I sketched the other day and the one that’s upcoming but still a nice little train and in very good shape and made for a well focused and pleasant sketch.

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Day 628: South Devon Railway (Buckfastliegh St)

Day 628: South Devon Railway (Buckfastliegh St)


reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 40 minutes

Another sketch from the SDR (South Devon Railway), this time showing the lovely station and the sidings that can be seen if you turn around from the sketch yesterday (I think that makes sense, basically this is the other end of the station that we looked at yesterday). Got some lovely engines here as well with the one from a few days ago seen to the left of the centre besides the signal post and one that you’ll see in the future to the right.

The station is also in a really nice place with the trees behind it and made for a lovely and really enjoyable sketch. As with yesterday though, I just wish that I could have done the sketch on site. Anyway I hope you lot also enjoy this as much as me and these SDR sketches in general!

Till next time!