Drawing Challenge #14

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Another quick-fire observational sketch during an hour long lunch breakΒ last week. I felt a slight improvement from my previous people-sketching attempt in Drawing Challenge #12. However, the awkwardness of trying to be subtly sketch people that are sat metres away remained.

Let me know what you think.

Drawing Challenge #13

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This is a drawing of the exact same thing with 4 different times set: 5mins, 2mins, 1min and 30 secs.

What was fascination was that the less time spent on each sketch, the more I focussed on getting key information down – e.g. primary shapes & forms etc.

I’d recommend this as a fun activity for kids or if (like me) you’re looking to get back into sketching often.


Look out for the next post as it will be in quick..

Drawing Challenge #12

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Sometime last week, I went back to doing observation sketching to try and improve on my people-drawing skills.

Practise will definitely make perfect with these odd-shaped beings I managed to create.

At times, it did get a little bit awkward as I was sat with sketchbook in hand trying to discretely sketch people without staring too much. They would occasionally look back at me with an curious glint in their eye which said ‘is he drawing me?’

Nonetheless, one subject would soon finish their overpriced beverage and [more importantly] vacate their seat for the next unassuming victim.

What I used:

Simply pen and paper.. May need to diversify soon!

Drawing Challenge #11

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Today’s sketch was continuation on the elevation sketches of Bath. This one was along Upper Church Street, near The Royal Crescent.

I did this from the comfort of home as it was absolutely FREEZING outside. It also felt a bit odd standing outside someone else’s house and sketching as a figure appeared at the window a couple of times (eek). To throw ’em off, I too a photo of all the houses on the street to make it look more like a study of the area.

Hay ho! Let me know what you think..

On to the next one!

Drawing Challenge #10

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This weekend, I started an elevation study of Bath to illustrate the vast array of intricate and stunning architecture in the city. I started in the centre of town and will gradually work my way out. This will hopefully show how the cityscape changes in different areas.

Recording the process:

Setting out of grid lines (proportions still need a bit of work – but they’re getting better)

What I used:

Three black pens (0.1mm for setting out grid lines, 0.3mm for medium line weights and 0.5mm for thicker / darker shading)

Drawing Challenge #9

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


54 years ago today, Zambia gained independence from Britain – A costly victory as many lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom for fellow countrymen and women.

For today’s drawing challenge, I’ve chosen a symbolic sketch from the capital city, Lusaka. It is of the “Independence Banner” as you enter the city from the airport road.

The colours of the flag signify the following:

  • Green – The beautiful green landscape across the country
  • Orange – Mineral wealth (mainly copper)
  • Black – Majority of the population
  • Red – The blood shed in the fight for independence
  • The Eagle – We can sore above our differences (incl tribalism) and be, as first president Kenneth Kaunda called it – “One Zambia, One Nation!”

Time-lapse sketch

Drawing Challenge #8

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This afternoon, I spent a bit of time people watching and trying to capture their posture or stance. I came across this idea on YouTube earlier in the week and thought I’d try it out. I really liked their suggested way of capturing the whole image quickly, then adding detail later.

Doing this made me realise just how much people fidget and change their position (to my frustration at times). I’m sure I am exactly the same without realise it.

Each sketch took no more than 5mins and after the page was full, I added blocks of colour for some life.

Today’s Tip: Try and quickly sketch the skeleton of the pose first (within 10-15secs), then you can worry about the detail after – even make it up as you please. This is useful as the person will likely change position a few times.

Materials: 0.5mm pen & brush paints

Drawing Challenge #7

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


This week, I veered away from the usual architectural drawings to do a self portrait. It’s good to practise your weaknesses and drawing people in depth I find particularly challenging.

What I used: 0.5mm pen straight onto paper, so no rubbing out.

How long it took: 1.5 hrs drawing (a bit longer snack hunting)

My first attempt: Here it is.. Drawing straight in pen forces you to make quick proportion decisions. This was particularly hard as I couldn’t rub anything out so I had to blend in any errors. #practisemakesperfect

Final Image: I love adding detail by shading and it helps taking your time and being meticulous.

Tip of the week: Grab a sketchbook if you can and start from wherever you are [ability wise]. The reason I suggest a sketchbook over loose bits of paper is that you can easily take it wherever you go but also monitor your progress. I found myself sat in a cafe a few weeks ago waiting for some friends and so I killed some time sketching.

I currently use an A5 size sketchbook. The thicker the GSM, the better quality paper.


Till next time folks..

Drawing Challenge #6

The aim is to do as many detailed drawings as possible, as often as possible, to fill up my sketchbook by the end of the year.


Today’s drawing is my favourite of the challenge so far. I enjoyed capturing the intricate details in the near and far distance. This view is along ‘North Parade Passage’ in the centre of Bath.

Exploring Bath #3 – Alexandra Park

So I accidentally stumbled upon my new favourite spot in Bath – this gem of a view at Alexandra Park. There I was casually strolling past when I saw a sign to “Alexandra Park Viewpoint.” So I followed the steep, steep footpath through the woods to go and check it out.

Not gonna lie, my legs were kinda hanging from all the climbing. But it started to look promising at the top as I could see the start of an amazing view over the city through the thick blanket of trees.

Another long and steady incline to the very top and BAM! There it was! The unexpected opening I so hoped would appear.


View from the top..

Down below, you could see all the famous sites like Bath Abbey, The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Bath Cricket & Rugby grounds to name just a few.

I’m falling more and more in love with this stunning city. If you ever get the chance, I would highly (yes, I said highly!) recommend a trek to the top. It’s kinda peak!


View on the walk back down..