Day 668: London Waterloo

Day 668: London Waterloo

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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

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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.

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Day 622: 28 Oval Rd London (Pirate Castle)

Day 622: 28 Oval Rd London (Pirate Castle)

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, here we have quite possibly the most odd building that I’ve found in London in the form of this pirate castle. I’m not sure if any of it is actually an original building that was built up around or if it is literally all a façade (probably the latter) but after finding it and thinking ‘what the hell!?’ I had to sketch it.

Quite a detailed place as well sitting on top of a canal type river and I think, if I got the right gist of it from the website that its a activity centre for charities and rentals that provide water based activates. No matter what its used for though its cool and worthy of a sketch (which I don’t think came out that badly).

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Day 621: 1 Barnby St, Kings Cross, London (London Euston) pt2

Day 621: 1 Barnby St, Kings Cross, London (London Euston) pt2

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Reference view: google streetview

So, this is the other side of the previous days sketch with the right hand side of the platform drawn out this time. Again I loved the view and thought it would be a shame to not sketch the other side and the adjacent train as well so decided to go ahead and do so.. The  best part about it is that (besides the whole sketching another train) is that it came out more accurate than the day before with the scale and size of everything being a lot more accurate than the other side .

I also prefer these stub nosed trains than the other one with the sloped fronts so that does help and all the little details like the catenaries above so there that random sentence as way of ending this blog post.

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Day 620: 1 Barnby St, Kings Cross, London (London Euston)

Day 620: 1 Barnby St, Kings Cross, London (London Euston)

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Reference view: google streetview (left hand side of station)

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this is part 1 of 2 sketches that I did of the same view from London Euston railway station concentrating on the trains waiting at the platform. rather than the actual station building or platforms. No real reason why I just fancied a change from the normal stuff and am on a bit of a train binge at the moment so why not sketch some rolling stock?

Anyway I am pretty happy with the sketch and it was fun to do. Did make me want to draw more railway stuff as well which I’m sure is a good thing so we’ll probably see even more in the future, but for now!

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Day 619: N, Worple Way , London (Mortlake St)

Day 619: N, Worple Way , London (Mortlake St)

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this has got to be one of my favourite sketches that I’ve done on this blog. Capturing a lovely view of a station on one of the many lines that run out of London, with its interaction with the local road network in terms of the at grade level crossing just before the station (though I’m not sure why everyone is waiting given that there’s also a footbridge right there but there you go).

I just really liked the look of it with the station receding into the distance and am really glad that I managed to get the scale and the perspectives down for the most part. Anyway, I hope you guys like it as much as me and lets hope I can continue with the increased quality of sketches in the future!

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Day 618: Thames Path, Fulham London

Day 618: Thames Path, Fulham London

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, back with the construction images again today with another one from the river Thames of this huge construction site in Fulham. No idea what they’re building but it was certainty a large project and as usual, I liked the look of the cranes looming over the construction site in the foreground.

Quite a busy view as well with all the spaces in the shell of the building and all the dark against the light but I think by and large I managed to get a sketchy representation down and I’m happy with it. Still want to get a bit faster with these sketches though so I can try and get more of the scene in but I need to walk before I can run!

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Day 617: 123 Silverthorne Rd, London

Day 617: 123 Silverthorne Rd, London

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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.

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Day 616: Red Post Hill, London (North Dulwich Station)

Day 615: Red Post Hill, London (North Dulwich Station)

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Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, decided to do another rail station for day 615. I also decided to change up my choice of pen nib size, changing from the 0,1 to the 0.3 as I was going through the nibs on the 0,1 pretty quickly. Not that this really means that much to you guys but as it’s a sketching blog, mentioning equipment makes sense to me.

Anyway the actual sketch was quite fun, choose the building because I love the old brick look to it and old station buildings in general. Do seem to have taken a bit of artistic licence with some of the dimensions in this but nevermind and, like usual I wish I’d managed to get more into it than I did but I think I spent some time during this sketch trying to get used t the pen nib and using it at different angles to produce different width lines without wearing the nib down really quickly.

Till next time!