Day 770: London Architecture 1

Day 770: London Architecture 1


Reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, this photo was taken a while back when me and the wife were in London for the weekend. It’s of one of the tall office blocks quite close to Harrods and the expensive street where they have a Ferrari as a window display (at least I think that’s where it is). not sure if this is all of the building or only a part of it but there we go, still enjoyed the sketch and the outcome and actually managed to get a accurate amount of floors and windows into it!

Till next time!


Day 698: Chinatown London

Day 698: Chinatown London


Reference image: Personal image

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this was another one of the photo’s that I took in London of the arch into Chinatown (or the main one off of Leicester Square on the side of the Bubblewrap shop that had ridiculously long queues every time we walked past it lol). Quite an interesting and detailed subject that would probably have been perfect for the new sketchbook sketch instead of the Cathedral door but nevermind. Was pretty fun and relaxing to sketch as well despite how complex it was as I was pretty loose with it and I think that helped overall with the results of the sketch. The angles and getting them correct though was a bit of a challenge but I think I don’t think I did to bad with it!.

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Day 687: 107 St, Georges Drive, London (Our Hotel)

Day 687: 107 St, Georges Drive, London (Our Hotel)


Reference image: google streetview

time taken:  30 minutes

So, this was our hotel in London where we spent the night. Pretty basic hotel but then again I didn’t really expect that much given that we had paid £100 for a hotel in the centre of London (well ok about 10 minutes form Waterloo by train). Still it had a comfy bed and a good breakfast so that’s all that mattered and in that regards they did a very good job.

Quite a weird layout mind you as the reception and breakfast room as well as the first couple of rooms were in one townhouse (this one shown in the sketch) and then the rest of the rooms including ours, was in another building several doors down but that was fine.

As for the sketch it was a quick and rather simple affair as the building didn’t really have that many details on it, being one of many townhouses of the same design in the street but I like the outcome and think it represents the subject well which is the main thing!

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686: London Architecture Sketch 3

686: London Architecture Sketch 3


Reference image: Personal Photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, this is the last of the sketches that I’ve made from photo’s that I took in London (I have a tendency to accidently forget to actually take any photos while on holiday which is a bit annoying). This was a lovely piece of arch work in a random park somewhere in London (yep, I genuinely have no idea where this is. We spent so long wandering around London on Friday that it could have been in a whole load of different places). I did this one a lot quicker than the previous two days and also in .3 nib rather than the usual .1 nib which appears to have given it a cleaner outcome without the thicker line really affecting the quality of it like I worried it would do, instead giving me a fun and quick little sketch of this lovely ornamental archway.

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Day 685: London Architecture Sketch 2

Day 685: London Architecture Sketch 2


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 50 minutes

So this is the other half of the sketch that I did for the day before. Turns out however that I may have done these sketches the wrong way around as this was technically the first building that you come to as you walk along the street (with the previous day’s sketch being the building right next door). Actually prefer the look of this building though I think the sketch of the last one may have come out a bit better technique wise, not that this one is bad or anything, it was still brilliant fun to sketch and very loose and free with the line work.

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Day 684: London Architecture Sketch

Day 684: London Architecture Sketch


Reference image: Personal photo

Time Taken: 50 minutes

So this is one of the photos that I took while in London of the varied and lovely architecture there is to be found there. Quite a detailed sketch with a lot going on in the building that was actually really fun to sketch out, despite it taking a lot longer than the normal time I’ve been giving myself lately and ending up a little bit messy.

Also, I quite like how the people came out in this one as they normally don’t come out as well as I want them too but this one wasn’t that bad and they help to add some life to the scene.

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Day 683: Emirates Airway, London

Day 683: Emirates Airway, London


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 20 minutes

So, this was one the reasons that we wanted to go to London to try and do the Emirates Airways that we didn’t manage to get done last time we were in London. Definitely worth the trip for the views that you get from the top of it, stretching out all around you, even if it was a bit of a ‘oh god’ moment on the way up and when the wind wobbled the car slightly. Still we had a car to ourselves and it was a really good trip across the river and back and made me want to do this quick sketch of it, which came out pretty nicely especially in regards to the perspective and receding sightline.

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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!

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Day 680: 63-65 Mercer St, New York

Day 680: 63-65 Mercer St, New York


Reference view: google streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, another corner apartment for today chosen for the really nice detailing on it and was a fun little sketch. Didn’t get much of the surrounding buildings in but I’m not worried about that as I like the focus on the subject, parts of it are done very loosely and very sketchy but again I don’t mind it as it gave the suggestions of the details and allowed me to get the whole subject sketched!

Anyway were now all caught up so will be (hopefully!) back to one blog post a day. Well ok starting a few a days as I’m in London for the next couple of days so won’t be able to blog but, once I get caught up from that we’ll hopefully have a blog a day!

Till next time!