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 672: Seaton Clocktower

Day 672: Seaton Clocktower


Reference image: Personal photo

Time Taken: 30 minutes

So, another sketch of a part of my local town and again one that I’ve sketched before, here day 223: Jubliee Tower Seaton. This time were on the opposite side of the tower and its obviously in black and white rather than the previous sketch which was in colour (and a bit garish and bright colour at that). I definitely think it shows that I’ve improved over the last couple of hundred days of sketching, with a much better composed and accurate sketch which took only 30 minutes as opposed to the previous one which I think I spent over an hour on.

I also really like the foliage in this one as I think I managed to make it look like different plants without making it look messy or overbearing and ruining the focus of the sketch which is something that I usually struggle with.

So, I hope you all agree that I’ve improved since the last time I did this sketch and it’s actually quite interesting and fun to redo sketches that I did early on in this blog, so I might ty and do a few more in the future.

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 670: Axmouth Harbour

Day 670: Axmouth Harbour


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, this I really like. Its another sketch of the harbour that makes up the background of this blog just this time with a bit more detail and in black and white. In fact I may have gone a bit heavy on the detail for what is meant to be a 30 minute sketch but what is here I do really like. So much so that I think I might try and finish a version of this off as a personal piece (seeing as I don’t actually have anything I’ve drawn on show in my own home, though I do in my parents and wife’s gran’s).

Hopefully it’ll turn out as well as this bit did but we’ll have to wait and see (if I actually get round to doing it!). Till then I hope you lot enjoy this sketch as I really did.

Till next time!

Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 2

Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 2


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, there’s been a bit more progress made on the construction journal of the new Premier Inn in my local town of Seaton which we can see here in this sketch (the first is this one here Day 652: Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 1). As you can see the basic framework of the first floor has gone up and I liked the angle with the crane in the background lifting more pieces into place. Quite a simple sketch really that didn’t take the full 30 minutes but I still really like the outcome, especially with the crane in there as a focal point. The wire fencing along the bottom is a particular favourite bit as well even if it is a simple and unassuming part of the sketch.

Looking forward to seeing the building take shape and getting some more pictures to sketch of the construction!

Till next time!

Day 668: London Waterloo

Day 668: London Waterloo


Reference image: Network rail link

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, were at the final stop of our journey here in London Waterloo, a station that a lot of you have probably at least heard of as it is the countries biggest and most important railway station (though, as we’ve shown in sketches in the past, definitely not the only one in London). Again I did this one as a overview as it really is a huge building. I also choose to actually add some very basic outline sketches of the buildings that can be found around it as accurately as I could in the time that I was giving myself and I like how it turned out, though, ideally I would have liked to have made the buildings around it more detailed and just had the actual station done in a thicker line to make it pop out.

Still, I like the sketch and think its a nice way to finish our rail journey from Axminster to London Waterloo.

Till next time!

Day 667: Clapham Junction Ariel View

Day 667: Clapham Junction Ariel View


Reference image: ariel image

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, were in the penultimate station of our journey to London Waterloo, stopping at one of, if not the busiest (in terms of changes) stations in Europe, Clapham Junction where, as you can probably tell I choose to take a different approach with the sketch and went with a Ariel view of the station so that I could try and show you all the scale of the place.

Really enjoyed the Ariel view of it actually and it was great fun and different to draw it (plus it reminded me of one of my favourite artists, Stephen Wiltshire). I just hope that you all enjoy it too and can actually make things out in it.

Till next time!

Day 666: Basingstoke Station

Day 666: Basingstoke Station


Reference image: google image

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, next stop is Basingstoke where we have a rather cropped sketch of the station showing two trains waiting next to eachother on platform 2 (and I’m assuming 1). Not entirely sure why I didn’t get a lot more done on this given that it took the usual 30 minutes but oh well, even in its unfinished state you can tell its trains waiting at a station and. Not much else to say I’m afraid so I’ll leave you with the sketch and move onto getting some more of these uploaded so we can catch up a bit!

Till next time!