Day 674: 281-285 Church St, New York

Day 674: 281-285 Church St, New York


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, after the day before sketch I hit the randomise button on google streetview and I bought up this (or just down the street I think but this was much more interesting). Really loved the little café with the buildings around it being a lot taller, kind of gave the café itself a lot more charm as it looks like its a bit out of place but still retains the same urban look as the buildings around it.

Anyway, pretty happy with the sketch. Not completely accurate with scale and some placement but I think a lot of these things are just stuff I notice as I’m the one sketching it, and are probably things that the casual observer wouldn’t, so pointing them out isn’t doing me any favours but oh well, you guys are probably used to it by now. Plus having a point to concentrate on improving on isn’t a bad thing right? (provided of course that I actually do improve on it)

Till next time!


Day 673: 23 Lispenard St New York City

Day 673: 23 Lispenard St New York City


Reference image: google streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, bit of a change for day 671 as we’ve flown half way across the world and gone from a town of 6,000 people to a city of slightly more than that (8,000,000 in the city proper and 20,000,000 in the metro area) as were now in New York, back with the random streetview sketches. Quite an interesting place to sketch as well as, even though all the buildings are apartment blocks there is a lot of variety in them as hopefully I’ll be able to show over the sketches that I do here (there will be a few at least), starting with one of some random apartments with some interesting details to them. Didn’t manage to get all the details down as accurately I hoped with it but I think it was a bit of a learning curve as they have a lot more details on them than I thought they did in the first place.

One thing is for sure though. The sure as hell love external fire exits in the US!

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 640: Knapps Cottages, Kilmington

`Day 640: Knapps Cottages, KilmingtonsketchingdailyDAY640.jpg

Reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, took this lovely photo of these cottages of the village where my wife grew up and has family, and where I actually lived when I started this blog so has featured before several times. I haven’t (as much as I can remember anyway) ever sketched these lovely cottages before so, while walking past them the other day decided to take a photo and go for it with the sketch. Really glad I did as well as it came out pretty nicely, especially how the sketch seems to focus quite well on the two cottages.

Till next time!

Day 639: 6 Matford Ln, Exeter

Day 639: 6 Matford Ln, Exeter


Reference view: google streetivew

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, another sketch in Exeter this time showing off some rather contrasting residential properties on a random road found using the randomise button. Pretty much chalk and cheese here and definitely deserved the sketch to show it. Luckily it came out really nicely as well which is always a good thing. So now, the only question is. Which ones would you choose?

Till next time!

Day 638: 29 Barnfield Rd, Exeter

Day 638: 29 Barnfield Rd, Exeter


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, back to some more houses today though still in Exeter. I think these jumped out to me while randomly hitting the randomise button on the streetview site was because they were made up of grey stone rather than the usual red brick and had a small village and old look to them, despite being in the built up suburbs. Interestingly, the sketch didn’t take all that long for how much I managed to get into it and I think the lack of trying to represent the colour of the stone helped the sketch pop and the details stand out, unlike the previous days.

Till next time!

Day 615: York Rd, London

Day 615: York Rd, London


 Reference image: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this was a bit of a architecture study rather than a look at the city of London and the many scenes found there. Found this rather modern and clean building but with a number of details and a interesting shape to it.

Sketch took a bit longer to get the details down than I imagined it would with the building obvio9usly not finished. I do like the accuracy of a lot of the details on the building that I have got down though as they are pretty accurate in placement on the sketch. I do wish though that I could have rendered it a bit better but there we go, at least I have the shapes down.

Till next time!

Day 608: 28 Undine Rd, Isle of Dogs, London

Day 608: 28 Undine Rd, Isle of Dogs, London


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, went over a bit with the time that I’m meaning to spend on these sketches with this one but never mind. I liked the3 look of these houses on the quay in one of the many inlets on the Isle Of Dogs. These houses just had a really nice colour to them with their brown bricks and facades and thought that these were nice looking homes in the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world.

Anyway, not the happiest with this sketch. It looks very busy and not all that defined which is a bit annoying. The water being done with a brush pen that was running out of ink was a interesting effect that I’m a bit on the fence about as well. Luckily though, you can still make out what the sketch is meant to be and that, as always, is the main thing!

Till next time!

Day 607: Dovers Pl, London

Day 607: Dovers Pl, London


Reference view: googlegoogle streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So today were looking at some definite differences in residential living that you find in he city with these terraced houses in the forefront and the high rises in the background. Not much else to say really about the view I choose, I liked the randomness of the two high rises, positioned where they were and decided it would make a nice sketch.

the sketch itself was quite loose with me not really trying to worry about straight lines or making everything perfect and I really like the out come. I think doing it like this meant  that I was able to get a lot more into the sketch in the time frame without compromising that much on the outcome of it (or at least I don’t think I have).

Till next time!