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Mount Rushmore in charcoal

Many years ago I took a white ford van for 6 weeks around the United States and obviously I saw many things….and, will probably draw lots of them but I thought I’d try somewhere I’ve been in charcoal and well…that kind of monument in South Dakota seemed perfect, so here’s my attempt. Charcoal is really quite nice and easy to smear….now that has it’s good and bad side. I must also say, you really should visit….it’s much smaller than you’d imagine.

Here it is, sans the odd actor approaching for photos.

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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.


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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.

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Niagara falls is so misty!

Hey, so I’m stuck at home and got thinking about my first trip abroad alone and this was Toronto and while in Toronto, it’d be a crime not to visit Niagara Falls….So I did….and I thought “I’d like to draw what I remember and also practice drawing mist which I hear is best done using a technique called stipling and so I used that and I think my results here are okay but here it is:

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My attempt at Big Ben

So I’ve been practising my penwork with a few natural scenes like waterfalls, bridges and trees and then after this I’ve tried to draw Big Ben…I really need to visit London again soon but here you go, here are some of my latest sketches…

I’ve tried to go a bit “Quintan Blake” on the above doodle.
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Traveling through Egypt

Hey, so last year I took a week long trip from Cairo down to Abu Simbel near the border of the Sudan. I took a train from Cairo to Aswan but before that saw the pyramids. I’ll show you a photo below but I’m thinking of drawing a portrait of either the pyramids or the Sphynx (which is a lot smaller than you might think) I went at quite a dangerous time as the incident near Sharm-el-Shiek happened but believe me, the Egyptians I met whilst visiting were amazing and sailing up the Nile in a Felucca, meeing and having dinner with a Nubian family and riding a hot air balloon over the valley of the kings and lots of other things were all utterly amazing and there’s just so much to see there….Anyhow, here’s a couple of photos.

I did this all with a company called G Adventures who were amazing.