Day 504: Local Farm Buildings
Reference: Personal photo that I took a little while back of some local farm buildings.
So, for day 504 I found a photo that I’d taken on my phone while filling the last sketchbook and decided that as I was concentrating on buildings in this sketchbook it would be a waste not to use the reference image.
The composition is pretty simple with a old gate and some farm sheds and outbuilding’s in the mid ground. Really enjoyed this sketch as well. Unlike the previous day’s one this one is a lot clearer with the subject matter and you can clearly see the different elements that make it up rather than it all being all jumbled and a bit of a mess with the rendering.
I definitely would have loved bit more contrast between the two buildings as one is closer than the other but overall I’m happy enough with it and it looks a lot like the actual reference which is the main thing.
So that’s two days down and at least this way even if it’s not consistently every day it gives you guys a bit of a gap between the posts to its not the end of the world, would be nice to get caught up though.
Day 442: Old overgrown gate
So here we have a rather simple sketch for today of an old iron gate that can be found a short walk from where I live. Quite a simple sketch which I wanted to try and get the shadows in it done correctly (especially the ones in the arch of the gate detailing). Luckily I seemed to have got it down quite well which is nice and the leaves came out better than I thought they would.
Other than that there’s not really much else to say about it and were now all caught up which is brilliant. No idea what I’ll be sketching tomorrow but hopefully we’ll actually find out tomorrow and not in 4 or 5 days!
Day 440: Village Cottage, Axmouth
So were several days behind still so lets get this ball rolling with this sketch of a pair of cottages just up the road from me in the village. Have really liked these cottages and (and the rest of the village to the right of the subject) since I was younger as they have a real old village feel to them.
Really happy with how the sketch came out which is really nice as I like the subject a lot and the foliage and perspective came out really nicely in it. It’s quite refreshing to take a break from the stuff that I’m trying to create (the fantasy and sci-fi stuff) and go back to where my sketching heart really lies in buildings and landscapes.
Anyway we’ve got another couple of sketches to go so lets get on with it and look at another house sketch.
Day 439: Old Plough
Once again I apologise for falling behind with uploading these but real life can be a bit distracting at times. As usual though, I have kept up with the actual sketching and will get them uploaded at some point so that’s the main thing. For now though, i have this sketch of an old plough in a field up the road from me. Photoed it the other day while taking my son out for a walk and decided it would make a nice quick sketch. Really like how it came out too, especially the background as they usually look disjointed in my sketches.The speed was also a good factor in it as it really didn’t take that long to do. Anyway, as I said I’ve got two more sketches to upload so will try and get round to them (and tomorrow’s) tomorrow but I’m not promising anything so I hope you enjoy the plough for now.
Day 346: Village Show Dressage
So yesterday was the annual Axmouth Village show where quite a large part of the village turn up for a day of the normal village show stuff of displays by local groups as well as the competition tent with entries from around the village and area. Anyway one of the displays that happen in the centre of the field this year was this guy and his animals.
Now this guy did some fancy kind of Dressage (at least I think it’s that, I don’t really have much of an idea when it comes to horses) but he also had some falcons with him that did some displays while he was on horseback, pretty funky stuff.
So I thought this photo of him that I captured would make a nice daily sketch so went with this. Now, being completely honest with you this is the second sketch that I did of the subject as the first time that I did it the scales of the riders and the horse were awful and completely off and created a horrible sketch.
Luckily the second one turned out by far, a hell of a lot better than the first attempt and is actually a piece I’m pretty happy with, especially given my lack of animal drawings in the past.
Anyway, that was yesterday’s sketch and I have today’s to hopefully show you in a few minutes.
Day 252: Our Front Door
So for the start of this new sketchbook I decided to do something a bit different to what I normally do at the start of a sketchbook which is usually a self portrait, instead opting to do a self portrait of our home in the form of our front door. Much more fitting I think for my new architectural focus to the daily sketching (plus I really didn’t feel like doing a self portrait).
Pretty simple little sketch that just shows the front door and our porch as well as the few plants we actually have in the front garden (the place is a bit of a building site at the moment as far as the gardens are concerned). Came out looking a lot brighter than the real thing so that may have been a bit of wishful thinking on my behalf in the colour choices but hey it looks like our front door which is what matters.
So yes that’s the first sketch of the new book done, hopefully welcoming you into the rest of the sketchbook (ok that was cheesy). Not really much else to say about this but I have day 253 to upload in a minute as well so I’ll see you then.
Till tomorrow (or in a few)!
Day 219: Axmouth Harbour – Axmouth
So for yesterdays sketch (apologise once again for not uploading it yesterday, had a 6am start and was too tired come late last night) I decided to do the one last feature of the village I grew up and now once again live in and that’s its harbour, which, ironically enough, is actually attached to the local town of Seaton and a mile away from the actual village.
Its also not that much of a harbour really, just some small fishing and sailing boats along with a couple of houses and small cafe and fishing shop along the side of it (the small buildings you can see in the centre of the sketch). Still it makes for quite a pleasant little walk down alongside them and out onto Axmouth Beach if you want to kill half and hour.
As for the sketch I’m actually really happy with how it came out which surprised me as I hated it throughout the actual process of drawing it and didn’t think it would work out at all in the end. I especially think that the foliage on top of the field worked out a lot better than the foliage I have been doing and I tried to get the sky in. Not sure it worked all that well but still I enjoyed the outcome of the sketch.
Anyway I have today’s sketch done and just about to be posted so……
Till tomorrow! (or rather in a minute!)
Day 218: Axmouth Bridge – Axmouth
Today’s sketch is of what I believe is the oldest concrete bridge in the country and that is the old pedestrian bride that links Axmouth to Seaton (although there is now a tarmaced alternate modern bridge to handle vehicles).
Quite a fun little drawing as well although when I first put some lines in for the bridge I wasn’t too sure that it was going to turn out all that well.
Again the foliage in the background is a bit weird and I need some practise with my water but at least it does kind of look like it. and helps place the bridge as a bridge (even if I have ignored the sky).
Anyway, I’ve got to head off to work so I’ll leave you with the bridge and as usual….
Day 217: Bindon Manor Village Entrance – Axmouth
So, for today I decided to draw the other grand building in Axmouth in the form of Bindon Manor (the house of the lord and lady of the village). Unfortunately there aren’t any images of it on-line that I could find so instead I drew the driveway entrance to the place, if approaching from the top of the village.
Rather messy turn out for this one though it does show the driveway entrance quite well and despite my reservations you can mostly make out the different layers of trees in the sketch.
Sketching trees though is hard and definitely something that I need practise at in the future. Trying to get different layers and textures is difficult for me though I think this is probably one of my better attempts at it (hell that Willow tree on the right does actually look like a Willow tree). The actual drive turned out a lot less messy than the road in the previous post though so that’s a bonus and I’m still liking the bold subject matter outlines that I’ve been using.
Anyway that’s enough of my jabbering for one day, I’m not at all sure what I’ll be drawing tomorrow so we’ll have to see in that regards. So as usual…..