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 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!

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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!

 

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 666: Basingstoke Station

Day 666: Basingstoke Station

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Reference image: google image

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, next stop is Basingstoke where we have a rather cropped sketch of the station showing two trains waiting next to eachother on platform 2 (and I’m assuming 1). Not entirely sure why I didn’t get a lot more done on this given that it took the usual 30 minutes but oh well, even in its unfinished state you can tell its trains waiting at a station and. Not much else to say I’m afraid so I’ll leave you with the sketch and move onto getting some more of these uploaded so we can catch up a bit!

Till next time!

Day 664: Whitchurch Station

Day 664: Whitchurch Station

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Reference image: image link

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, next station along the line is in Whitchurch. Again another place that I can’t ever remember having stopped at but there we go. Thought this view of the station with its footbridge made for quite a nice sketch although there isn’t a train present which is a shame. Also tried the whole fractured line technique that I liked in the last one but I think I may have gone a bit over the top with it here and the image looks very blurry and out of focus, though, you can still make the image out so it’s not awful, just not quite as effective as the last sketch.

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!