Day 717: Caterpillar Wheelloader

Day 717: Caterpillar Wheelloader


Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, something a bit different for today as I was struggling to find a building to sketch that I found interesting when I came across this Caterpillar wheelloader (or at least that’s what I believe it is according to caterpillars website) and decided what the hell lets sketch a  vehicle instead of a building today. Didn’t want to spend too much time on it as I have a 10 hour work shift today so its basically just a outline and some very basic shading thrown in but I like it and think it looks like the actual thing. I was a bit worried about the wheels but I don’t think they came out that badly in the end so it’s all good. Hope you don’t mind the quick change, no doubt I’ll be back to buildings tomorrow!

Till then!

Day 709: 47-67 Bridgewater St Brooklyn, NY

Day 709: 47-67 Bridgewater St Brooklyn, NY


Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, bit of a different one for today with a look at a industrial unit rather than the house or a apartment block/ shop front. Quite enjoyed it as well even if it is a really simple looking composition I just really liked the look of the lorry parked in the bay and the shadowed trailers in several of the other bays. Not much more to say about it however other than I tried stippling the sky this time which worked out a bit better than the cross hatched one I tried several days ago (or at least I think so).

Till next time!

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!

Till next time!

Day 665: Overton Station

Day 665: Overton Station


Reference view: instant streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

Another station that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed us stopping at is in the town of Overton. This view of the station however I really liked, with the footbridge and the factory behind it. Decided to go a bit more solid with this sketch though still using a broken line which worked out a lot better than I think the other ones have done lately which was nice. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to complete the factory in the background but I quite like the extremely the faded look at the back as I think it makes the bridge and the foreground pop a but more.

Till next time!

Day 651: Colyton Tractor Rally 2017 Part 3

Day 651: Colyton Tractor Rally 2017 Part 3


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, the final tractor that I plan on sketching from the tractor rally is this one with a front and back loader. As you can probably guess though I may have screwed up the whole composition a little bit as the back loader isn’t at all in view but oh well. What is in view I really like and was happy with how much detail I managed to get down in the time the sketch took and how the perspective looks pretty accurate throughout. Definitely seeing some improvement with these and I hope you guys are too.

Now if only I could get the scale right so that all of the subject fits into the sketch next time, we’d be well away!

Till next time!

Day 650: Colyton Tractor Rally Part 2

Day 650: Colyton Tractor Rally Part 2


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So another tractor for day 650. This time a bit more interesting and unusual in shape as it was very short and squat rather than the usual long engine one. No idea why it’s designed like that or what purpose it was for but I really liked the shape and how it looked a lot more industrial than a usual tractor and was a lot of a fun to try and sketch with the wheels being a bit tricky but coming out alright in the end.

Till next time!

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.

Till next time!

Day 626: South Devon Railway, Locomotive

Day 626: South Devon Railway, Locomotive


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, its turns out that our lovely son (who’s now 16 months old!) loves trains (or Whoo Whoo’s as he calls them) so, we decided at the weekend to take him down to the South Devon Railway where they have a load of old locomotives and rolling stock that runs a old branch line that’s now privatised between Buckfastliegh and Totnes (where it meets a mainline station). Anyway he loved the whole day and looking at and riding on the trains and I managed to get a load of photos to sketch so expect them over the next few blog posts, starting with this one.

Now I’m not sure what the train actually is as I can’t find it listed on the website so I’m assuming its a relatively new locomotive that they’ve picked up. Anyway, I loved the look of it being quite fond of the old diesel haulage locomotives and think that I did the train justice in the sketch and it was fun to do, trying to get all the undercarriage details in, in the time limit (which I went over a bit on but nevermind).

So, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did sketching it. Just wish sometimes that I could do these on site rather than from photos but keeping the little one occupied is more important!

Till next time!

Day 617: 123 Silverthorne Rd, London

Day 617: 123 Silverthorne Rd, London


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, found a rather random concrete plant in the centre of London while wandering around and thought that it was a interesting building a sketch and a change from what I had been sketching lately. Plus I love industrial buildings so that was a added bonus.

Not a hell of a lot actually in the sketch but the main focus was recorded and that was the bit that mattered (it’s the building in the centre with the concrete tanks in case you were at all confused). Really enjoyed it as well as, as I mentioned above, it was a nice change from the high rises and landscapes that I have been sketching and a bit more relaxed and I hope you all enjoy it too.

TIll next time!