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.

Till next time!


Day 395: renovating the library

Day 395: renovating the library


Source: Personal Photo

So, were back in Stourhead for one last time with this sketch of the left side of the building with the library currently undergoing some sort of renovation work. Not really much else to say about the photo really. It was a different angle as I had already done the front of the building (way back in the first month of doing this blog I think).

I tried to copy the style of the previous day and then got a bit carried away with several other techniques including an attempt at a Franklin Booth inspired sky which I think worked but didn’t really seem to gel with the rest of the sketch too well. Maybe down to several different styles being used at once in it but oh well, it doesn’t look all that bad and it actually has a sky that doesn’t look all that bad overall which is nice.

So, that’s probably the last sketch we’ll have from Stourhead for a while at least as I’ve exhausted my supply of photo references. Still, I have several more sketches to upload as once again I’ve fallen behind so let’s move right on.

Till then!

Day 381: Bristol High Cross, Stourton

Day 381: Bristol High Cross, Stourton


Source: Personal Photo (again an artificial photo hence the off colours)

So, here we have what will probably be our final Stourhead sketch, this time of the recently restored Bristol High Cross which, if I read it rightly was originally situated in the market place in Bristol, until they deemed it an obstruction where it was moved to an unused area and eventually sold to the lord of Stourhead). A bit of a random and very detailed monument that admittedly looks a bit out of place where it is, it still makes for a good sketch.

One which outcome I really like, both the foreground tower and the background houses. Looking at it though I may try using a slightly thinner pen to bulk out the focus as this one does seem to look a tiny bit disjointed against its background but that may just be me.

Right, we caught up with some of them at least. Still, another 3 more before were caught up (4 by tomorrow) so we’re not done yet but sleeps calling so I’m going to leave you with these 3 for now and hopefully get some more up tomorrow or the day after.

Till then!

Day 374: Dragonfly

Day 374: Dragonfly

So, apologies for the delay in getting all of the last few days uploaded. It’s been rather hectic and I only just had time to get all the sketches done let along upload them but I thought I’d get this one uploaded and let you know that I haven’t suddenly stopped doing them and I am up to date with the sketches (just finished day 377) just not with the uploading.

Right, so I have time to get one uploaded tonight so here’s a sketch of a Dragonfly.


Source: Personal picture at Stourhead

So, another Stourhead photo but this time it’s of a Dragonfly on one of the bodies of water there. This little thing flew really close to us and didn’t really seemed phased at all that we were close to it which was good as it allowed me to get some clear photo’s and I thought it would make a good sketch.

Now although I still like the idea of sketching it I think I need to find out a way to effectively cross hatch a large area so it doesn’t look as messy as it does in the above sketch although, you can still kind of make it out as water.

Other than that there’s not really a lot to say. I like the actual dragonfly itself as well as its shadow (it’s the simple things sometimes).

Anyway, as I said I’ve got several more to upload just no time at the moment so I’ll leave you with this one and hopefully be back tomorrow to upload some more (though I do have a really full day so I’m not crossing my fingers).

Till then (hopefully)


Day 369: Stourhead, Lake

Day 369: Stourhead, Lake


So for today we return to Stourhead just because I wanted to try a landscape scene and the closest one to hand was this one that I took of the lake at Stourhead (interestingly enough, stood in front of the afore sketched Temple of Apollo, proving that it was indeed at the top of a really steep path totally not suited to a pushchair)..

Really liked the view from the top, with the peaceful lake surrounded by the heavily treed estate grounds. The sketch is also my best landscape one to date, with the tree lines actually looking like treelines. I think I could probably have afforded to have gone a bit darker with some of the extreme highlights on the left-hand side but other than that I really liked the outcome of the sketch.

It’s also made me really want to try some more landscape sketches so I’ll probably have a look around if see if I can find any for tomorrows sketch so if you have ideas let me know and feel free to post suggestions.

Till then!

Day 364: The Popes Cabinet, Stourhead

Day 364: The Popes Cabinet, Stourhead


So, for our final visit to Stourhead we have the Popes Cabinet in one of the rooms of the house. Apparently the oldest surviving example of its type, this cabinet was extremely intricate and detailed.and had been restored in recent years so I thought I would try and get a sketch done as well as I could in pen and ink using multiple layers of pen and water (which isn’t the best way of doing it as it turns out as it tends to make the paper feather after several attempts to get it to run.

Still, I’m really happy with the outcome and I think I managed to get most of the details down despite only using the black pen and washes.

This also marks the penultimate sketch of the first year of me sketching. Got a couple of ideas for tomorrows sketch but not sure yet as to what to definitely do so we’ll have to wait and see.

Till then!

Day 363: Temple Of Apollo, Stourhead

Day 363: Temple Of Apollo, Stourhead


Again another sketch from Stourhead. This time of the Temple Of Apollo located at the back of the garden across the lake from the house (up behind the grotto) A lovely if slightly random Temple at the top of a rather steep hill (seriously, pushing a pushchair up this hill was a killer).

Anyway, I decided to sketch this building mainly to try and see if I could get a convincing tree line in the background with some obvious shadow and different trees. Not sure if I managed this but I’m pretty sure its quite obvious its a treeline. even if it does seem a little bit muddied up.

Still,  I’m happy with the results of the sketch and am loving the gradients you can achieve with just a pen and a waterbrush and wanted to explore this one last time this year (yep, we’re on day 364 tomorrow!) so have another Stourhead (this final one) to upload from today.

Till then!

Day 362: Water God at Stourhead

Day 362: Water God at Stourhead


So today I did a sketch of the other statue that’s in the Grotto at Stourhead. This time one of the Water God (I actually learnt what they are from google, the other one is a Nymph, there also not made of Marble but painted lead though the base is marble). I much prefer this sketch as well as it has a lot more definition than the other one that I did of the two statues in the Grotto.

I also like how the pen and ink take on it has given it a much more impactful look than the biro did (despite what I said about the biro yesterday I do really like this medium. The biro has much more control though).

Anyway again this has taken me a few days to get uploaded so I have a couple more to go to catch us back up so lets leave the Water God here and move onto the next one, which is from Stourhead again.

Till then!

Day 361: Cocktail Campervan

Day 361: Cocktail Campervan.


So, yesterday while we were at Stourhead it seemed that someone was enjoying their wedding day in the courtyard bit where the Spread Eagle Inn was located. However, thanks to this being a national trust place are therefore open to the public we were able to use the courtyard as well for a quick break at the pub.

This is where I noticed that they had a cool little cocktail campervan for wedding guests. Now this was such an awesome idea and looked really cool so I had to take a photo and then sketch it today.

Decided to chuck in the red spot colour with this one as well as the sketch definitely needed it. Was going to do wit with my PITT artist pen but thought that it may have overpowered the biro so went for a red biro instead. Really glad I did choose to add colour as well as I think that it really made the sketch stand out and I like the use of a single spot colour so you may see more of it in the future.

As for the actual sketch, I really like how it came out and how the campervan looks. Sure some bits might be a bit small but I’m not at all bothered as I really like how it came out.

Anyway, that’s us caught up once again. Got a load more Stourhead photos so will probably be something from there again for tomorrow but honestly, I’m not too sure,

Till then!