Day 728: Mexican Bike Taxi

Day 728: Mexican Bike Taxi

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Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 20 minutes

So, a bit of a shorter one for today but I had to sketch one of these bike taxi things I keep seeing all over the city which appears to combine the idea of a Rickshaw with a motorbike. As said above it was a lot quicker than my normal sketches but I don’t think the quality suffered for it and I’m happy with how it came out though the background elements do look a bit disjointed from the bike and rider, still a fun a slightly different sketch. Also I’ve just realised that I’m only 2 days away from two years of this daily sketching so that’s exciting. Now I just need to find something interesting to sketch for then!

Till next time!

 

Day 727: 40 Calle Pastos, Chimalhuacan, Mexico City

Day 727: 40 Calle Pastos, Chimalhuacan, Mexico City

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Reference image: (really annoyingly I’ve once again lost the reference view and can’t find it again with the address. So sorry as it was a lovely view)

Time taken: 35 minutes

So for yesterday I found these lovely arcade machines just propped up in a doorway on a random side street in Mexico City and had to make sketch of it just because of how random it was. Bit of a stretched look to the machines but nevermind, the idea and the random look of the scene is there so that’s what matters and I actually really enjoyed sketching it so consider it a very successful sketch which I hope you lot like as well!

Till next time!

Day 717: Caterpillar Wheelloader

Day 717: Caterpillar Wheelloader

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Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, something a bit different for today as I was struggling to find a building to sketch that I found interesting when I came across this Caterpillar wheelloader (or at least that’s what I believe it is according to caterpillars website) and decided what the hell lets sketch a  vehicle instead of a building today. Didn’t want to spend too much time on it as I have a 10 hour work shift today so its basically just a outline and some very basic shading thrown in but I like it and think it looks like the actual thing. I was a bit worried about the wheels but I don’t think they came out that badly in the end so it’s all good. Hope you don’t mind the quick change, no doubt I’ll be back to buildings tomorrow!

Till then!

Day 153 Avenue B, New York

Day 153 Avenue B, New York

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Reference view: mapstreet view

Time taken: 50 minutes

Another sketch from New York to finally get us all caught up again, this time of the front of a house if which I loved the door and the tree out front. Again this one took a little bit longer and I tried to get a cleaner more illustrative look to it than usual which as with yesterday I’m really happy with. I’ve also started adding the white gel pen back into the supplies that I use as this is helping with correcting and stray lines or adding the white bits back in when I accidently get carried away with rendering (in this sketch for example, the white line down the side of the tree. Definitely think that I’ll try and continue like this rather than the looser ones that I was a while back but, given that its me, I could change my mind tomorrow!

Till next time!

(Were also now all caught up again! Yay!)

 

Day 697: Lichfield Cathedral Door

Day 697: Lichfield Cathedral Door

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Reference image: reference image

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, another new sketchbook for day 697 and I wanted to go back to the whole door thing for new sketchbooks so did some searching on google for some interesting looking doors, coming up with this door of the cathedral in Lichfield which had some lovely wooden doors with filigree on it (I think that’s the correct term) and some nice contrast with the shadows and the lights. Pretty loose interpretation of it overall (with some slightly whacky proportions) but a fun little sketch to start, what I think, is the 12 sketch book!

Till next time!

Day 671: Water Tower, South Devon Railway

Day 671: Water Tower, South Devon Railway

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Reference photo: Personal photo

Time taken: 20 minutes

So, this was a quick sketch that I managed to get done of the water tower that’s at the South Devon Railway Buckfastleigh station (the one that I’ve done a load of sketches from a little while ago). Just found it on my phone and thought it would make a nice quick easy subject to sketch. I was meant to actually spend longer on it and get some more of the background in, but my son woke up and I decided to just leave it as it was in the end as I quite liked where it was at and didn’t really think adding more stuff would necessarily make it look any better. Hopefully a choice that you lot will agree with!

Till next time!

Day 663: Andover Station

Day 663: Andover Station

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Reference Image: google image

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, the next station long the line is Andover where we have another shot of a train waiting at the station. Tried a completely different take on the style with this one with a very sketchy look to it that actually makes it just look like its really hammering it down with rain. Still the actual tones look quite nice and I like the fact that I haven’t actually used a solid line it which is nice.

Till next time!

Day 651: Colyton Tractor Rally 2017 Part 3

Day 651: Colyton Tractor Rally 2017 Part 3

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Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, the final tractor that I plan on sketching from the tractor rally is this one with a front and back loader. As you can probably guess though I may have screwed up the whole composition a little bit as the back loader isn’t at all in view but oh well. What is in view I really like and was happy with how much detail I managed to get down in the time the sketch took and how the perspective looks pretty accurate throughout. Definitely seeing some improvement with these and I hope you guys are too.

Now if only I could get the scale right so that all of the subject fits into the sketch next time, we’d be well away!

Till next time!

Day 650: Colyton Tractor Rally Part 2

Day 650: Colyton Tractor Rally Part 2

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Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So another tractor for day 650. This time a bit more interesting and unusual in shape as it was very short and squat rather than the usual long engine one. No idea why it’s designed like that or what purpose it was for but I really liked the shape and how it looked a lot more industrial than a usual tractor and was a lot of a fun to try and sketch with the wheels being a bit tricky but coming out alright in the end.

Till next time!