Day 821: Old Cabin

Day 821: Old Cabin


Reference image: Pintrest linkie!

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, another cottage done in the same style as yesterday where I tried to use as little outlining as possible to give it a old illustrative look (and one that works a lot better for pen and ink in my opinion). Really loved this little cabin (no idea where it is though I assume its somewhere in the US) with its beams and wooden walls and the lovely little porch details that turned out to be my favourite bit (its the tiny white chair which is the bit I love). Again a really fun and small sketch that didn’t take me all that long to do and one, that I hope you will all enjoy!

Till next time!


Day 817: Another Steamer

Day 817: Another Steamer


Reference image: Lost this again sorry. Tried to find it but couldn’t 

Time taken: 35 minutes

Right, another day of daddy daycare so another train sketch. This one looks pretty unique as it seems to have a crane or something on the top of it. Regardless of what it is though, the rest of it is just the normal old steam train which, given that I have a fondness for these old American locomotives makes this a good thing. The fact that they s=seem to be getting better is also a bonus!

Till next time!

Day 766: Steam and Snow

Day 766: Steam and Snow


Reference image: Sorry, I’ve lost the tab that I had for this image. I know it was from Pinterest though.

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, another steam train for day 766, this time one steaming through the snow past this old barn (or some such building). Quite a nice image with the barn and the trees framing the locomotive well and the steam billowing about and I really enjoyed sketching it. Pretty sure I also promised my son that I’ve do him a sketchbook full of trains whilst drawing this too, because, you know, I don’t struggle enough keeping up with this sketchbook and blog!

Till next time!


Day 563: Hidden Barn

Day 563: Hidden Barn


Reference image: pinterest linkie

So, back to the old style subjects today with another barn, This time this lovely arch shaped one secluded in some trees. Pretty simple sketch subject with a  very focused centre to it that was fun and quick to sketch. Pretty happy with the sketch, especially the sky and the little inside bit at the bottom. Unfortunately, again I don’t have much else to say about the sketch so I’ll leave it here for tonight and hopefully see y9ou all for tomorrow!

Till then!

Day 554: Pipes

Day 554: Pipes


Reference image: Pinterest linkie!

(apologies for the colour of the above image. My kitchen lightbulb really hates me taking photos lol)

So, were back with industry for day 554. This was the image I was originally going to sketch when I did the Steel mill sketch (Day 544: Old Steel Corporation) and I wanted something that should be relatively quick and easy to sketch so I went back to it for day 554. Quite a fun sketch that came out pretty nicely with a bit of artistic license used as well (mainly due to bad sketch layout but we’ll just ignore that). I really lie how the pipe cam out and think I succeeded in making them the focal point of the sketch.

As mentioned in the last entry, I will try to get caught up tonight so hopefully I’ll be back later with day 555.

Till then!



Day 553: Shoal Creek Living Museum

Day 553: Shoal Creek Living Museum


Reference image: pinterest linkie!

So for the sketch a couple of days ago I choose the lovely image of what I assume is a old water wheel driven mill located at the Shoal Creek living museum. Really loved the reference image in particular the water wheel and thought I’d give sketching it a go. Luckily I had a bit of time to get a bit more than just the water wheel sketched and managed to finish the whole building which was nice.

Really like how the sketch came out as well especially the actual waterwheel which is the main part so it was nice that it came out well. I still think I need to be a bit more forceful with tones rather than trying to emulate the reference image completely.

Anyway I’ve got a few more days to go to get us caught up again as I need to make sure that I don’t fall behind too badly again so expect a couple more today at least.

Till then!

Day 551: Farmhouse and Barn

Day 551: Farmhouse and Barn


Reference image: Pintrest linkie!

So, this one was actually pretty much finished tot he stage where I’d want it to be. Quite a nice and interesting barn with a lot of different shapes joined together in it to give the overall structure with the farm fields in front. I unfortunately accidently squashed the building a little bit when compared to the reference image, but never mind, its only noticeable when you know what the reference image looks like and I’m still pretty happy with the actual sketch so let’s get todays uploaded!

Till then!

Day 547: Pull up a stool!

Day 547: Pull up a stool!


Reference image: Pintrest linkie!

So, a new book today and as I mentioned yesterday, I’m still feeling the architecture and still life vibe rather than the whole portraits vibe so I’m going to stick with architecture and related stuff for a while. With this in mind I needed the obligatory entrance page for my new sketchbook and found this cool Saloon door to fit the bill.

Pretty simple sketch really that I’ve done with stippling. Tried to add some other techniques into the sketch as well such as cross hatching in the hope of finding a way to get these stippled (mostly) styled sketches done quicker than they are currently. Quite like the outcome as well though its definitely not as refined as yesterdays boat but I suppose that’s the toss up with less time needed.

Anyway that’s the start of the new sketch book done. Got a few more pictures from Lyme to see if I can sketch from so expect to see them in the next couple of days but other than that. Have a drink on me!

Till then!

Day 544: Old Steel Corporation

Day 544: Old Steel Corporation


Reference image: Pintrest linkie!

So, rather amazingly were actually on yesterday’s sketch. Yup, we’ve nearly caught up!

Anyway we have a bit of a random sketch for yesterday in the form of this old Steel plant in the US (or at least I assume its in the US). Quite a detailed image that I just loved the look of what with all its industrial parts and the brutal functionality of it (as opposed to the recent stream of quaint countryside villages) and just thought it would make a nice sketch.

Now it’s definitely safe to say that I took some artistic licence cuts with this as anyone that glances at the train tracks will be able to tell but nevermind, the actual Steel Mill came out really nicely (plus I was watching/playing with my one year old son at the time so that’s my excuse). The sky was also a bit of an experiment for me with attempts at stippling to represent the sky and the light areas, the clouds. Not sure it came across completely so may have to work on that but it’s as good or better than any of the other attempts I’ve made at a pen and ink sky.

Right so were now a whole day away from catching up! Seeing as it would seem a shame to not get that done tonight let’s swiftly move on!

Till then!