Drawing the Mona Lisa

Hey, so it’s been another day stuck in bed after my operation so I’d been thinking again of where I’ve been. To get to my brother’s wedding, I once caught the train from Southampton in England to Barcelona in Spain and stopped in Paris on the way. Whilst in Paris, as everyone should, I stopped in the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa of course and she….A bit daring I know since she’s a Da Vinci masterpiece….was the subject of today’s sketch and I’m sorry I haven’t got up to use my scanner and have just taken a photo…but here it is:

She needs work, but I’m reasonably happy with her so far.

First try with charcoal…

It’s messy isn’t it?….But when you get past that, it is a lovely medium for drawing with. I spent an hour or so looking at some tutorials and then decided to give it a go myself so here are my first efforts with charcoal. 1. an eye and 2. My quick attempt at the Lincoln statue in Washington DC. It really can get very dark, which is great…..

I do like how dark charcoal can get.
I actually enjoy photographing this beautiful statue in DC.

Capitol pen and inked

So I’ve traveled around the world a couple of times and I like to remember where I’ve been and I’ve essentially been to Washington DC four times and I think I’d like to try to draw a few of my highlights. So essentially, here’s my version, now, I’ve taken a couple of liberties due to the size of the paper I’ve used but here you go; If I’m honest though, the Capitol building looks so much better from the inside. The fresco under the rotunda is amazing! Check this out, really, it looks fantastic:

https://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/capitol-rotunda

But anyhow, here’s my attempt to draw the building by pencil itself:

I’ve tried to not make it look too much like the Riechstag…which I’ve been in as well but hey, here you go.

That sphinx, some reckon he’s a bit of a cat :D

So my last sketch before I went home last night was of the Sphinx in Giza, which is far smaller than you might think!….I touched it’s paw and I just couldn’t believe, considering it’s age, how great it looked….Sans the nose.

It’s absolutely dwarfed by the pyramids in the background but it looks amazing.


Bored in hospital

Hey, so I’ve just had keyhole surgery for a hernia and couldn’t be bothered to pay crazy prices for the TV….so what did I do? Of course, I drew. I drew some of my adventures in Egypt and I’ll pop a few up over the next couple of days but I’ve got a sicknote for 2 weeks so I’ve got plenty of time for a few more…… I give you, Rameses the great at Abu Simbel….

Crazy fact for ya….Those figures next to his legs are his beloved daughters….another fact, they don’t think he was the one who banished Moses but rather his son Merenptah.

Ancient medieval bargate with a gruesome history

So I woke early this morning and did a quick doodle in pen and pencil of my city, Southampton’s. medieval, grade I list building, which was once the main entrance to the city….or the old walls as they are now called. Either way, as happens and is called progress, Southampton has expanded incredibly since it’s time of construction, taking in the former leper colony outside the gates and now classed as the city’s civic centre, the Marylands and then the Marlands, in which stands a 1920’s guildhall, former police station and clock tower which all replace the Bargate for usage.

Anyhow, I just fancied drawing it in a mixed media way with both pen and pencil so here it is:

The medieval bargate in Southampton
And here is a link to the building’s wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bargate