365 – Buses and Bus Stops, the first of many, perhaps.

aka: INTERMITTENTLY REGULAR #365 SKETCH PROJECT UPDATE 208-211

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Attempt to draw the inside of the bus on a very bumpy ride and with a short pencil found in the bottom of a coat pocket.(➡️➡️➡️). Excuses excuses.
Always make sure you have the right equipment with you, is today’s lesson.
Did also learn that the inside of a First West bus is way more complicated than I originally thought.
Notebook: Beto
20 mins
Pencil (short)
🚌 ✏️ 😬
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209/365 Bus Stop drawing. Silver birches on the Queens Road. Due to the workplace shift and commuting adjustment expect a lot more bus stop themed sketching. It’s the only time I get the time, if you catch my drift. There’s plenty to see at each one. 🚌 🌳 ✍️
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More Bus Stop drawings.
Another tree and a broken fence atop a brick wall from this morning.
Notebook: Beto
Coloured biro with very cold fingers.
20 mins
📓 🌳 🚌
211/365 Bus Stop drawings. Poorly executed renditions of municipal infrastructure. It’s done though. Notebook: Beto Biro and V-ball. #bfp 🚦🚏✍️

 

INTERMITTENTLY REGULAR #365 SKETCH PROJECT UPDATE 200-207

A move at work and a change of routine means more commuting for me so more drawings on buses.
200/365200/365 Quick 5 minute sketching of horses grazing near local stables. All wearing fly masks to keep off those pesky Tabanoidea.
5 minutes.
Fountain pen.
Notebook: Gilbert.
201/365201/365 Gwythian Car Park, St. Ives Bay. 04/08/18
10 mins
Pencil
Notebook: Gilbert
202/365202/365 Bike shelter at Long Ashton Park and Ride.
25 minutes
V-ball
Notebook: Beto
🚲 🚌 ✋
203/365203/365 Commuters on the triangle. Again drawn whilst waiting for the bus. V-ball
20 mins
Notebook: Beto
🚶‍♂️ 🚌 ☔️
204/365204/365 New locations means bus trips up the hill for the occasional meeting. So here we have various random things drawn on the bumpy top deck ride down through Park Street and the rest.
Notebook: Gilbert.
V-ball
14 mins
🚌 🖊 🧤
205/365205/365 Commuter drawing on the Park and Ride. Rainy and cold.
15 mins
V-ball
Notebook:Beto
🚌 🚶‍♀️ ☔️
206/365206/365 Going nowhere in the A370 for a good 40 minutes due to very high winds. Drew some sheep. Sheep in the wind.
Notebook: Beto
V-ball
🐑 🚌 💨
207/365207/365 Keep your distance I’m quite ill. So can’t manage much more than watching University Challenge on series link. Here’s a drawing of Paxman mid-intro.
Notebook: Beto
Pencil
5 mins
📺 🤒 ✏️

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INTERMITTENTLY REGULAR #365 SKETCH PROJECT UPDATE 193-199

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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.
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More from the Berlin notebook. Various details around Brandenberger Tor. With map of central Berlin pasted in.
Notebook: Ichabod
April 2017
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Corner of West Park and Whiteladies Road from the balcony at BDH with a sandwich in the Sun.
🌞 ✏ 📓 🥪
Uniball micro.
20 mins
Notebook: Beto
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Sleeping office dog on a hot day. Drawn whilst waiting for various render tests.
✏ 🐕 📓 🌞
Pencil.
10 mins
Notebook: Gilbert
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More lunchtime sketches as the people of Bristol make the most of the April Sun just in case Winter comes back.
Pencil.
20 mins
Notebook: Beto.
🥙 ✏ 📓 😴
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Still life in the corner of the local barbers.
Fountain pen.
20mins.
Notebook: Beto.
💇‍♂️ ✂ ✒ 📓
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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.
V-ball.
📓 ✒ 🌳 🏭

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INTERMITTENTLY REGULAR #365 SKETCH PROJECT UPDATE 174-189

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.

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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
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English Rose, Clifton, Bristol.
Drawn on 15/06/17.
Fountain pen.
10 minutes.
Notebook: Ichabod.
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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.
😀
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The spire (?) of the German Cathedral in the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin.
Ink
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.
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Deutscher Dom,
Gendarmenmarkt,
Markegrafenstraße,
Berlin.
Originally pencilled 12/04/2017.
Completed 04/10/2017
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod.
#inktober
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House front.
St. Michaels Hill, Bristol.
Pencil and V-ball.
08/09/2017-12/10/2017
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

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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.

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Stone Staircase,
Lower Church Lane,
nr Perry Road,
05/09/17-12/11/17
V-ball and Pencil.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

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Magpies on Gwithian Sands.
Drawn on 01/08/2017
Fountain pen and V-ball
Notebook: Ichabod 📓
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South Parade, Oakfield Road,Clifton Bristol.
Pencil and V-ball.
08/11/17-23/11/17
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:

 

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

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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
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179/365 Rudolf Belling Schuttblume 1972 Olympiaberg Muenchen. V-ball & Pencil. Hamberger Bahnhoff. 17th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod
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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.
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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

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

 

167/365 Sheep and trees.
10 mins
V-ball
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.
10mins
Vball
Notebook: Myrtle.
169/365  Suburbanite Window.
V-ball
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