Another lost drawing from last Spring’s trio to Berlin. This is the window of the flat we stayed in in Wilmersdorf with a portion of the receipt from the grocery shop over the road.
Notebook: Ichabod
Fountain pen and Stabilo.
More from the Berlin notebook. Various details around Brandenberger Tor. With map of central Berlin pasted in.
Notebook: Ichabod
April 2017
Corner of West Park and Whiteladies Road from the balcony at BDH with a sandwich in the Sun.
🌞 ✏ 📓 🥪
Uniball micro.
20 mins
Notebook: Beto
Sleeping office dog on a hot day. Drawn whilst waiting for various render tests.
✏ 🐕 📓 🌞
10 mins
Notebook: Gilbert
More lunchtime sketches as the people of Bristol make the most of the April Sun just in case Winter comes back.
20 mins
Notebook: Beto.
🥙 ✏ 📓 😴
Still life in the corner of the local barbers.
Fountain pen.
Notebook: Beto.
💇‍♂️ ✂ ✒ 📓
Partially covered buildings down in Gas Ferry Road near the illustrious Aardman Animations in Bristol.
Started from life whilst waiting for a meeting, finished from memory.
Notebook: Beto.
📓 ✒ 🌳 🏭

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This is a real hotchpotch of drawings from various places over the last few months. As my time is very short I have taken on the process of starting the sketch from life, taking a photo, then finishing the drawing later from reference. This was against my original principle of doing this project, but it’s that or not getting anything done, so.

I have made some of these drawings available as signed digital prints on my Big Cartel store. Please have a look, there is some of my colour work available there too.

Sometimes I have made short little videos of the process of the drawing and you can see those by clicking on the Instagram link below the image and swiping to the left.

As always you can follow my progress almost realtime on Instagram or Facebook and check older drawings on previous posts, or in the gallery.

174/365 Bedminster Methodist Church.
Drawn whilst sitting on the @sbabristol Arts Trail.
Plot 1.
There’s still a few hours left.
20 minutes.
Notebook: Ichabod
English Rose, Clifton, Bristol.
Drawn on 15/06/17.
Fountain pen.
10 minutes.
Notebook: Ichabod.
Godrevy Lighthouse, St. Ives Bay.
View from Gwythian Sands.
6th August 2017.
Notebook: Ichabod.
Multicoloured Ballpoint.
I have a lot of drawings I haven’t posted now so prepare for them to come all out of sequence.
The spire (?) of the German Cathedral in the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin.
Notebook: Ichabod.
I’ll be using #Inktober to finish off and “ink” in various sketches begun here and there. This is of one of the twin Cathedrals by the Konzerthaus in Berlin started when we visited back in April.
Deutscher Dom,
Originally pencilled 12/04/2017.
Completed 04/10/2017
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod.
House front.
St. Michaels Hill, Bristol.
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Three Establishments along the Whiteladies Road.
From the front door at work, a view soon to be blocked by the new building.
11th Oct – 1st Nov 2017
Notebook: Ichabod.

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Stone Staircase,
Lower Church Lane,
nr Perry Road,
V-ball and Pencil.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Magpies on Gwithian Sands.
Drawn on 01/08/2017
Fountain pen and V-ball
Notebook: Ichabod 📓
South Parade, Oakfield Road,Clifton Bristol.
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Spring trip to Berlin.

aka: Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 172-182

It’s been a while so I am all out of sorts with drawings and order etc.

This is a batch from our Spring trip to Berlin. I have some more of these and I will post them in due course as some of them were scribbled on site and need a little bit of finishing off.

There’s some good advice here on drawing animals by Aaron Blaise, which could be applied to drawing from life of any kind. Mainly:

  • Draw from Life
  • Do your research before you go out.
  • Bring the right supplies and be prepared.
  • Observe first draw later.
  • Keep it loose and make quick observations.
  • Adjust revise your proportions as you go.
  • Take lots of pictures and build your personal reference library.

You should definitely read the whole post here.

Anyways, back to Berlin:


172/365 People from above. Mall of Berlin, near Potsdamer Platz. 5 mins. Notebook: Artemis
175/365 Page of room details from the apartment we stayed in Berlin. Various times. Wilmersdorf, Berlin. April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.
177/365 FluxBau, from across the Spree. Köpenicker Str. Berlin. 13 April 2017

During out stay we were fortunate enough to visit the Rudolf Belling exhibition at the Hamberger Bahnhof museum. I was relatively unfamiliar with his work before this but we all really enjoyes seeing his work.

This from Wikipedia:

At the very beginning of the 20th century Rudolf Belling’s name was something like a battlecry. The composer of the “Dreiklang” (triad) evoked frequent and hefty discussions. He was the first, who took up again thoughts of the famous Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1570), who, at his time, stated, that a sculpture should show several good views. These were the current assumptions at the turn of the century. However they foreshadow an indication of sculpture being three-dimensional.

Rudolf Belling amplified: a sculpture should show only good views. And so he became an opponent to one of the German head scientists of art in Berlin, Adolf von Hildebrandt, who, in his book, The problem of Form in Sculpture (1903) said: “Sculpture should be comprehensible – and should never force the observer to go round it”. Rudolf Belling disproved the current theories with his works.

His theories of space and form convinced even critics like Carl Einstein and Paul Westheim, and influenced generations of sculptors after him. It is just this point which isn’t evident enough today.

I hope to make a more comprehensive post about his work in the future.

178/365 Porträt Geheimrat Dr. Kerschensteiner, Bronze 1932 by Rudolf Belling. “Der Münchner Mathematiker und Reformpëdagoge Georg Kerschenstwiner (1854-1932) gilt als Begründer der Arbeitsschull, einer Vorform der heutigen Berufsschule.” 5 mins. V-ball. 14th April 2017 Hamberger Bahnhoff. Notebook: Ichabod
179/365 Rudolf Belling Schuttblume 1972 Olympiaberg Muenchen. V-ball & Pencil. Hamberger Bahnhoff. 17th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod
180/365 Various rushed studies of “Kopf In Messing (Toni Freeden)” by Rudolph Belling as it was in situ at the Hamberger Bahnhoff Gallery in Berlin, with postcard of the artist with the original. 17th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.
182/365 Rendition of Soldier Sculpture by Rudolf Belling. From the “Skulpturen Und Architekturen” exhibition at Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnahof Berlin. Fountain Pen and pencil. 14th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 167-173

166/365 Ivy on tree trunk. 10 mins. Straight to V-ball Notebook: Myrtle


167/365 Sheep and trees.
10 mins
Notebook: Myrtle

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168/365  Another window.
They’re pretty much the only thing I can see from the window where I sit to eat my lunch.
Notebook: Myrtle.
169/365  Suburbanite Window.
Notebook: Ichabod
170/365  Tangle of saplings in hedgerow with accompanying electric cable pole and hazard warning.
Straight To V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod.
171/365  Whiteladies Road Tree.
30 mins
Uniball micro
Notebook: Ichabod
(Process videos uploaded to Instagram Stories)
173/365Rooftops, Clifton.
March 2017.
4 mins
Notebook: Ichabod

Before last Tuesday’s news…

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 162-166

Yes, I’ve been pretty shaken up over the last week. Who hasn’t. The drawings here were all made before last Tuesday’s news.

This week I’ve been putting all my energy into redecorating our kitchen, so I haven’t managed drawing yet.

Hopefully soon though.

Be kind. Be useful.

162/365 Pedestrians in Clifton scribbled in pocketbook. V-ball. 30/09/16 Notebook: Artemis
163/365 I dug the hamsters grave then I drew the hamsters grave. RIP Pearl. (This is my first for Inktober) 02/10/16 V-ball 5 mins Notebook: Myrtle
164/365 Clifton Window (agin) V-ball Notebook:Myrtle
165/365 Lotte the Fluff Dog in full office effect. To be honest she didn’t sit still all ****ing day. V-ball Draw whilst downloading various bits of data. Notebook: Myrtle
166/365 Ivy on tree trunk. 10 mins. Straight to V-ball Notebook: Myrtle

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 158-161

158/365 Clifton Windows. Slightly inaccurate. 4 x 5 mins. V-ball Notebook: Myrtle


159/365 Ivy, tree and hedgerow. Evergreen Riding Centre. Tickenham. V-ball. 20 mins. Notebook: Myrtle.
160/365 Chimney Stacks, Clifton, Bristol, 20/09/16 V-ball, Notebook: Myrtle


161/365 Plants pots and ivy. V-ball Notebook:Myrtle


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