Day 769: Montacute Minaret

Day 769: Montacute Minaret


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, a bit of a quicker sketch for day 768 and the last of the ones from Montacute house, this time of one of the many minaret towers surrounding the main garden of the house. Quite liked this simple looking structure with its twisted top and the dark trees providing contrast behind them and am pretty happy with how it came out for the amount of time the sketch took.

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Day 768: Montacute House Corner Tower

Day 768: Montacute House Corner Tower


Reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, another photo sketched from Montacute house, this time of one of the towers house/rooms in the corner of the formal garden with another matching one on the other side. Quite a nice little building with some interesting shapes and details on them given how small they are and quite fun to sketch quickly even if parts are a little bit inaccurate!

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Day 767: Montacute House, Front Lawn

Day 767: Montacute House, Front Lawn


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, on Sunday we decided to make the most of the day and go do some National Trust visiting at Montacute house. Anyway this is the front view of the house form the driveway leading up to it. Quite a grand house as you can see. Not the best sketch either but its pretty accurate in terms of the features of the building to nevermind.

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Day 766: Steam and Snow

Day 766: Steam and Snow


Reference image: Sorry, I’ve lost the tab that I had for this image. I know it was from Pinterest though.

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, another steam train for day 766, this time one steaming through the snow past this old barn (or some such building). Quite a nice image with the barn and the trees framing the locomotive well and the steam billowing about and I really enjoyed sketching it. Pretty sure I also promised my son that I’ve do him a sketchbook full of trains whilst drawing this too, because, you know, I don’t struggle enough keeping up with this sketchbook and blog!

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Day 763: Caricature Museum, Mexico City

Day 763: Caricature Museum, Mexico City


Reference image: wikipedia image link

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, this was a really fun little sketch with a lot of detail hat I tried to get down quickly of a museum in Mexico City. Mainly one for Caricature’s. Not that, that is why I choose too actually sketch the building, that choice was made by how gorgeous the details and the façade of the building was and how old it looked compared to the rest of the city with all its pillars and the entrance arch. Anyway really liked the outcome of it, though I wish I’d emphasised some of the lines a bit more. Still though, I’m happy and I hope you guys like it too!




Day 761: Letting off steam!

Day 761: Letting off steam!


Reference image: pintrest reference

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, yesterday my son took a look at my sketchbook and declared more trains so I had to listen and today sketched him a train, complete with his input of choclately dribble fingers and ink smears everywhere. Liked the outcome of this and the front view with the steam around it, although it is very similar to one of the previous days sketches and I think it came out nicely and it has the seal of approval from my son so that’s the main thing!

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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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