Day 672: Seaton Clocktower

Day 672: Seaton Clocktower

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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!

 

Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 2

Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 2

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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 652: Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 1

Day 652: Seaton Premier Inn Construction Part 1

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Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, decided that it would be a bit of an interesting project to sketch the construction of a hotel in my local town, seeing as its right next tot he main road through town and easy to take photos of and, well its at the beginning of its construction. Plus I like construction stuff and watching things being built.

As I said though, its the very start of the project (having just put the support pylons or something in, I have no idea when it comes to construction) so the sketch is a bit empty but it has some nice machinery at work in it. Realised I’d made the sketch a bit busy as well so made sure that I outlined the subjects of the sketches so we can actually make them out which worked quite nicely.

Now we just need to wait till there’s some sort of actual progress to get the next sketch done!

Till next time!

Day 431: Under Construction

Day 431: Under Construction

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Just decided to do a simple sketch today of the nearby housing development opposite the newish Tesco’s. Not exactly an overly detailed sketch but I think it came out quite nicely and was quite fun to do and I’m quite liking how the shadows came out . I’ve also gone back to using biro in areas and for the initial sketch as I like it as an alternative to pencil.

So yer, it was nice to have a sketch that wasn’t another spaceship though I might try and get back to them tomorrow, we’ll see.

Till then!

Day 398: Seaton Row Houses

Day 398: Seaton Row Houses

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Source: Personal photo

So, for day 398, I decided to sketch a photo of some row houses on a hill in Seaton (though I think with the amount of time I spent on it, a detailed drawing would be more appropriate). Nothing really special about the row houses I just liked how they look and saw an opportunity for a sketch.

Definitely gone with more of an illustrative style in this as well and I’ve managed to elongate them all vertically, though, as I’ve done this consistently across the drawing I don’t think it makes them look odd. As stated above as well I got a bit carried away and ended up spending a lot longer than I should have done on this but I really don’t mind as I really loved the drawing and had a lot of fun with it.

Anyway I have to head off to work (I love 6am starts) so will have to get yesterday’s sketch uploaded later on today (hopefully along with today’s). In the meantime I hope you all like the sketch as much as I do.

Till then!

 

Day 392: Old Woolworths site – Seaton

Day 392: Old Woolworths site – Seaton

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Source: Personal photo 

So, this was today’s sketch meaning that we’re finally all caught up. The sketch itself is a local building in Seaton that used to be a Woolworths (then briefly tried to its hand as a Carpet Right) right up until they announced the closure of their stores. Since then it’s stood empty (with exception to the Carpet Right phase) and there has been a number of rumours that have come and gone about what is to be done about it. Anyway, recently there has been a bit of an influx of interest in the town with the redevelopment of the old nightclub and the housing estate being built up around the large Tesco’s so maybe, we might actually see it redeveloped into something nice. As such I thought it would be a good idea to sketch it as it is now as I have a soft spot for old neglected buildings and this one has been on my doorstep for so long it would be silly of me to not sketch it

I’m also rather glad I did as I would say this has  got to be my best sketch in a long time (though it does look better in real life in my opinion) as I’m really happy with the proportions, perspective and representation of the subject, especially the windows. It’s also the first time I’ve done a road which looks like an actual road rather than some awkward attempt at it.

Anyway, I really hope you all like this sketch as much as me and are as glad as I am that we’re finally caught up and back on track. Let’s hope I can keep it that way, starting tomorrow!

Till then!

Day 380: High and Dry!

Day 380: High and Dry!

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Source: Personnal Photo (apolgies for the colour I had to take this using artificial light)

So, for day 380 we have a sketch from a photo I took in Seaton of the harbour area and some boats lined up at the edge. Quite liked it because of the composition of the line of boats with the larger one forming a focal point.

I do think, looking at the image, that the first boat that you can see looks the best and I’m really happy with the fabric on it. As you can probably tell in places, I’ve been using pencil to do a quick undersketch for the last week or two of sketching. Weirdly enough though, I’ve not had a pencil sketch that has turned out to be the correct size as the finished drawing, they always seem to be too tall.

Not that this matters but oh well, random bits are fun. Anyway, I have one more to go up before I get some sleep so I’ll be back in a min again.

Till then!

 

Day 314: Insect Homes, Seaton Jurassic,

Day 314: Insect Homes, Seaton Jurassic,

So, for yesterday’s sketch, we have another look at a bit of the Seaton Jurassic, this time of the insect homes, contained in the garden outside of the exhibit building.

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As you can see these are the usual insect homes that you can find all over the place with sticks and bit of twigs and just things with holes in them stuffed into a post or tree trunk to provide sheltered areas for insects. I liked the photo because fo the composition of the 4 posts forming the homes, with the nature juxtapositioned against the angular and modern building behind it.

As for the actual outcome of the sketch, I really liked it. I managed to achieve quite a nice definition on the subject of the sketch and although I didn’t manage to push the values all that much I think the difference in the values of the main subject and the background  are enough to make the sketch work (which I suppose means that the last statement was redundant but nevermind we’ll just move on).

Anyway, there’s not all that much else to say about the sketch though I do quite like the flowers framing the right side of the sketch (though they are foxgloves which as you know from a couple of days ago I’m partial too). so I’ll leave you all for today and get that uploaded tomorrow.

Till then!

Day 254: St Augustine Catholic Church – Seaton

Day 254: St Augustine Catholic Church – Seaton

Just another one of the several churches that can be found in Seaton today, from a photo I took on my way home from work.

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No special reason as to why I wanted to draw this church, just that I liked the look of it sitting next to what I presume (based on the very similar architectural styles) is the Catholic equivalent of a vicarage. These striking red buildings stand out quite well amongst the other houses around it though isn’t so stand out that it seems ugly.

Other than that theres not much else to say about the buildings. The drawing turned out well though the colours are a bit strong and the pillars on the side of the church aren’t entirely accurate but nevermind it didn’t come out badly.

Anyway I have another sketch from today to upload in a few minutes so I’ll leave it here and  be back in a few.

Till tomorrow (or once again, a few minutes)!