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 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 709: 47-67 Bridgewater St Brooklyn, NY

Day 709: 47-67 Bridgewater St Brooklyn, NY

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Reference view: map street view

Time taken: 40 minutes

So, bit of a different one for today with a look at a industrial unit rather than the house or a apartment block/ shop front. Quite enjoyed it as well even if it is a really simple looking composition I just really liked the look of the lorry parked in the bay and the shadowed trailers in several of the other bays. Not much more to say about it however other than I tried stippling the sky this time which worked out a bit better than the cross hatched one I tried several days ago (or at least I think so).

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 668: London Waterloo

Day 668: London Waterloo

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Reference image: Network rail link

Time taken: 35 minutes

So, were at the final stop of our journey here in London Waterloo, a station that a lot of you have probably at least heard of as it is the countries biggest and most important railway station (though, as we’ve shown in sketches in the past, definitely not the only one in London). Again I did this one as a overview as it really is a huge building. I also choose to actually add some very basic outline sketches of the buildings that can be found around it as accurately as I could in the time that I was giving myself and I like how it turned out, though, ideally I would have liked to have made the buildings around it more detailed and just had the actual station done in a thicker line to make it pop out.

Still, I like the sketch and think its a nice way to finish our rail journey from Axminster to London Waterloo.

Till next time!

Day 667: Clapham Junction Ariel View

Day 667: Clapham Junction Ariel View

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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.

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 665: Overton Station

Day 665: Overton Station

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Reference view: instant streetview

Time taken: 35 minutes

Another station that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed us stopping at is in the town of Overton. This view of the station however I really liked, with the footbridge and the factory behind it. Decided to go a bit more solid with this sketch though still using a broken line which worked out a lot better than I think the other ones have done lately which was nice. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to complete the factory in the background but I quite like the extremely the faded look at the back as I think it makes the bridge and the foreground pop a but more.

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!