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!

Till next time!


Day 624: 51 Queen St, Exeter (The Clock Tower)

Day 624: 51 Queen St, Exeter (The Clock Tower)


Reference image: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, moving into town this time with this iconic Clock Tower at the end Queens St (along which the aforementioned Exeter Central St. lies). Funnily enough, having looked into the history of this clock tower while trying to find its name, its a really, really ornate horse trough, so there you go. You learn something new every day.

Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed the sketch. Went a bit quicker with this one as you might be able to tell from the roughness but I quite like that about it. I also purposefully made the background of it even sketchier and out of focus to try and make the focus and foreground pop a bit more.

Not sure if I really achieved it but nevermind, I’m not that bothered as I enjoyed it and that’s the main thing.

Till next time!

Day 606: 8 Victoria Embankment, London

Day 606: 8 Victoria Embankment, London


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, another panorama for day 606. This time of a another bridge in the centre of the city with several high rises in the background including the Shard (or at least I’m assuming its the Shard). No idea what any of the other buildings are in the scene I just liked the way the high rises and the construction framed it and the boat to the left.

Again I’m pretty happy with the sketch and think it portrays the area in pretty good scale and the location of the bits of it are pretty accurate and I hope you like it too!

Till next time!

Day 597: 4 The Sanctuary, Westminster London (Westminster Abbey)

Day 597: 4 The Sanctuary, Westminster London (Westminster Abbey)


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 1 hour

So, started a new sketchbook yesterday so decided to do a bit of a more involved sketch as the beginning of the sketchbook (plus, it had to contain a door as per standard to a first sketch in a new sketchbook. Admittedly though, the door is a bit of a stretch in this one). As you can see this also took me twice as long but I was really enjoying the sketch of Westminster Abbey and wanted to try and get as many details into it as well.

Pretty happy with how the sketch came out as well, especially with the amount of detail it had and how much of it I managed to get down. True it’s not entirely accurate but oh well I like it and I hope you do too!

Till next time!

Day 594: 10 Cannon St, London (St Paul’s Cathedral)

Day 594:  10 Cannon St, London (St Paul’s Cathedral)


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, decided to do a rather well documented and iconic building in London for day 594 in the form of St Pauls Cathedral form one of the many streets that emanate from it. Not really that big a reason for sketching it other than I wanted to try and sketch what everyone else seems to photograph/sketch. Quite happy with how it came out too and how much detail I managed to get into it in the 30 minutes. Pity that the time limit meant that I had to miss out the tower that is to the right of the building but oh well, I think I might come back and do a more detailed sketch of it later on anyway

Till next time.

Day 543: Triumphal Arch, Tyre, Lebanon

Day 543: Triumphal Arch, Tyre, Lebanon


Reference link: Pintrest linkie!

So, wanting to get us caught up tonight lets get on with this gain while I have 5 minutes spare. Firstly I want to apologise for how weird the photos of the last 5 days look. I had to take them under a normal bulb and its given the paper this weird aged look (having said that though it’s not a horrendous look and as black doesn’t really change its hue under different light I suppose it doesn’t effect it as much as it would if it was a  colour drawing).I’ll try and get more natural light photo’s in the future.

So, for day 543 we have the Triumphal Arch in Tyre. One of a number of arches that seem to celebrate triumph or victory, this one was chosen mainly due to not having all that much time to actually sketch and therefore needing something that I thought would be quick. This was also my birthday so I was a bit pushed for time anyway.

Turned out it wasn’t all that quick to sketch really as there were a lot more details to it than I first thought. Still I finished it and quite liked the outcome. True, its a bit taller and narrower than the actual arch but it was fun to sketch and what’s a bit of artistic licence now and then?

So two more to go, we may actually get caught up after all!

Till then!


Day 541: Stonehenge

Day 541: Stonehenge


Reference Image: Pintrest linkie!

So, only another 4 to go after this one till were all caught up so we may get there! Anyway for day 541 I choose this image of Stonehenge being really nicely lit up by the sun. I also tried to use a brush pen for this one with the stippling but for anyone who has tried that will know how well it works (not very in case your still confused) so I switched back to fine liner half way through.

Still, the outcome is really nice in my opinion and looking at it, the whole uncontrollability of the brush pen as a stippling tool doesn’t show all that much or affect the image that much so I may try it again and see what happens as I do like the tool. I could probably have done with maybe trying to blend the sun flare a bit better though as its a bit stark in places but never mind, I think it gets the idea across which is the main thing.

Onto the next one!

Till then!