Day 783: Babbacombe Model Village ‘Quarry Scene’

Day 783: Babbacombe Model Village ‘Quarry Scene’


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, this was a quarry scene at Babbacombe (or at least I’m assuming it was a quarry scene, I’m not really that sure). Anyway quite a nice little scene with some industrial going ones so decided to get a photo and then do a sketch of it. Liking how the buildings came out in it and the lorries. Didn’t include a lot of the surrounding foliage (or any to be honest) though I tried to show some of the rocks the scene was set it and was quite happy with how it came out.

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Day 781: Babbacombe Model Village ‘Virgin Train’

Day 781: Babbacombe Model Village ‘Virgin Train’


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So we took our son and my mum down to Babbacoimbe Model Village yesterday in the south of Devon. It’s exactly what it says on the tin in that its a huge model of, what started out as a English village e and now contains a load of stuff and scenes and we thought was well worth it for a day out, plus the little one loved it, especially the train which leads us onto the sketch above. Basically they have this model Virgin train circling through some of the scenes and I managed to get a few photos of it as our son insisted we stood there and watched it for ages. Anyway decided to make this the first sketch from the place and do actually really like how it came out. My style has also reverted somewhat due to buying a illustrators journey through Devon book there and being a bit influenced but oh well, I like it.

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Day 777: Stealth’s Launch ‘Thorpe Park’

Day 777: Stealth’s Launch ‘Thorpe Park’


Reference view: RCDB linkie!

Time taken: 20 minutes

So here we have the launch of the rollercoaster Stealth having just come out of the station. Beside it you can see the really nicely themed control booth, made to look like a speedway commentary box (or at least I think it is), which I think has the right look to it and thought would make a nice sketch. Quite a interesting view as well, as you can see under the track and look at all the magnetic brakes in the case of a roll back (the case of the coaster not making it over the top hat) and other gubbins.

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Day 743: Small Shop

Day 743: Small Shop (Av Canal Nacional 28A, 04489 Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City)


Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, decided to try and do a series of the smaller shops and buildings in Mexico City as I haven’t had a lot of time to get these done lately, so, decided in some rather illogical way that doing smaller more detailed sketches that take the same time would work. Whatever logic is or isn’t there though I liked this small shop and although the values could have been pushed more I like the outcome of the sketch.

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Day 741: Knee Deep Creek Mining Company BHLR

Day 741: Knee Deep Creek Mining Company, Beer Heights Light Railway 


Reference photo: Personal photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this is the second train from the photos that I took yesterday, this time of a replica of what I assume is a old Wild West locomotive (or at least it looks like it) at a very strange angle to draw from. Still I really don’t think it suffered for it and once again it was a fun sketch and one that has the approval of my train obsessed son!

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Day 667: Clapham Junction Ariel View

Day 667: Clapham Junction Ariel View


Reference image: ariel image

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, were in the penultimate station of our journey to London Waterloo, stopping at one of, if not the busiest (in terms of changes) stations in Europe, Clapham Junction where, as you can probably tell I choose to take a different approach with the sketch and went with a Ariel view of the station so that I could try and show you all the scale of the place.

Really enjoyed the Ariel view of it actually and it was great fun and different to draw it (plus it reminded me of one of my favourite artists, Stephen Wiltshire). I just hope that you all enjoy it too and can actually make things out in it.

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Day 659: Gillingham Station

Day 659: Gillingham Station


Reference view: instant streetview

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, another stop along the lien with another relatively old and familiar styled station with Gillingham, Dorset. Quite a nice building though with the ubiquitous bridge just about visible in the background. Not much else to say about this one other than the attempt to add some life to it with the traffic outside and the people wandering around which was fun to do.

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Day 626: South Devon Railway, Locomotive

Day 626: South Devon Railway, Locomotive


Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, its turns out that our lovely son (who’s now 16 months old!) loves trains (or Whoo Whoo’s as he calls them) so, we decided at the weekend to take him down to the South Devon Railway where they have a load of old locomotives and rolling stock that runs a old branch line that’s now privatised between Buckfastliegh and Totnes (where it meets a mainline station). Anyway he loved the whole day and looking at and riding on the trains and I managed to get a load of photos to sketch so expect them over the next few blog posts, starting with this one.

Now I’m not sure what the train actually is as I can’t find it listed on the website so I’m assuming its a relatively new locomotive that they’ve picked up. Anyway, I loved the look of it being quite fond of the old diesel haulage locomotives and think that I did the train justice in the sketch and it was fun to do, trying to get all the undercarriage details in, in the time limit (which I went over a bit on but nevermind).

So, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did sketching it. Just wish sometimes that I could do these on site rather than from photos but keeping the little one occupied is more important!

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Day 620: 1 Barnby St, Kings Cross, London (London Euston)

Day 620: 1 Barnby St, Kings Cross, London (London Euston)


Reference view: google streetview (left hand side of station)

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, this is part 1 of 2 sketches that I did of the same view from London Euston railway station concentrating on the trains waiting at the platform. rather than the actual station building or platforms. No real reason why I just fancied a change from the normal stuff and am on a bit of a train binge at the moment so why not sketch some rolling stock?

Anyway I am pretty happy with the sketch and it was fun to do. Did make me want to draw more railway stuff as well which I’m sure is a good thing so we’ll probably see even more in the future, but for now!

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