Day 781: Babbacombe Model Village ‘Virgin Train’

Day 781: Babbacombe Model Village ‘Virgin Train’

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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.

Till next time!

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Day 766: Steam and Snow

Day 766: Steam and Snow

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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!

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Day 765: Claudine at BHLR, Pecorama

Day 765: Claudine at BHLR, Pecorama

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Reference photo: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, this is another sketch of one of the engines sat at the station at Pecorama I took on a visit the other day. This time the engine is Claudine a small boxy little engine sitting at the station about to turn around and get ready for another loop of the track. Another quick sketch done under a bit of time pressure but I still like how it came out and once again it has a train so automatically has my sons seal of approval!

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Day 761: Letting off steam!

Day 761: Letting off steam!

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Reference image: pintrest reference

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, yesterday my son took a look at my sketchbook and declared more trains so I had to listen and today sketched him a train, complete with his input of choclately dribble fingers and ink smears everywhere. Liked the outcome of this and the front view with the steam around it, although it is very similar to one of the previous days sketches and I think it came out nicely and it has the seal of approval from my son so that’s the main thing!

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Day 742: Blanche, BHLR

Day 742: Blanche, BHLR

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Reference image: Personal photo

Time taken: 25 minutes

So, this is the final one of the three trains that I’ve sketched from our bank holiday trip to Pecorama. This one was a bit rushed one that was a bit more sketchy than the others and didn’t take as long though I still really like the outcome and how the very front of the train looks especially. I’m also quite like the fact that even though its rushed the perspective is still there which is something that I used to struggle with. Anyway I hope you like the trio of trains that I have shown you over the last couple of days as much as I have sketching them!

Till next time!

 

Day 741: Knee Deep Creek Mining Company BHLR

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

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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 740: Linda, Beer Heights Light Railway

Day 740: Linda, Beer Heights Light Railway

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Reference photo: Personal photo

Time taken: 30 minutes

So, yesterday we had a bit of a train day for my son who’s a bit obsessed with them (as I’d imagine a lot of toddlers probably are) where we took him on the local tram and then to Pecorama where he loves the miniature railway, which, owing to the bank holiday had more tians running so I was able to get a few good photos of some of them starting with this  one of one of the resident loco’s Linda. No idea what actual train it’s modelled after but I still really enjoyed the sketch and it has the approval of my son which is the main thing!

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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!

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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!