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Urban sketching

Hey, so I thought I’d try my first attempt at urban sketching.it’s a very rough one though..I’ve basically drawn an element of my journey to work each day on the train. I really want to improve on these as I think that’d help with some of the things I really want to draw….but here it is. I hope it’s okay.

It’s basically the first thing I see in Winchester every morning.
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Random scribbling is pretty awesome…

So I heard if you draw random squiggles with a pen you can create some interesting portraits and yeah…I agree, I think this ended up pretty cool…if a little scary…Looks a bit like my grandmother actually 😮

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Those crazy dots (Stippling)

Hey, so I really liked the look of the technique known as stippling….using dots to describe light and dark areas. It’s really interesting to me as I have a couple of degrees in IT and, of course, printers and imagery are judged by “dots per inch”. So I thought I’d continue working on this as I’ve seen skyline pictures I’ve drawn and thought “bugger, stippling would be perfect for that! So I’ve included a few of my notes which might come in handy.

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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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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
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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.