25/03-31/03/2019 Sketches

So it’s the end of another week and indeed another month. Here’s to another weekly review of my sketching progress. This one included some people watching, a trip to Pulteney Bridge and scrapbooking on the train.


26/03/2019 – Rear of Pulteney Bridge

This is the lesser known side of the famous Pulteney Bridge which is Grade 1 listed and has shops on either side of its full length.

What I used:

The base drawing was done within 15mins in pen. Then came a mix of pro markers and my favourite white Posca pen.

27/03/2019 – Bath Abbey Square

Spent my lunch break people watching inBath Abbey Square. This is always a fun exercise to attempt live as people’s postures change constantly. For helpful tips on sketching figures rapidly, I found Themodmin‘s channel on YouTube very useful.

28/03/2019 – New Theatre Royal; Street Elevation

Another lunchtime spent in busy Bath soaking up some much needed sunshine while sketching. I’ve recently been practising the art of single line sketching – where you don’t go back over any lines to make for a cleaner finish. This has helped develop my observational eye as it wonders before the pen hits the page.

28/03/2019 – Great Pulteney Street

Had a cheeky sketch-sesh with a friend of mine after work on Thursday. This was my first attempt at a drawing. For some reason, I had a real itch to draw cars – something on my mental drawing list. But ended up un-satisfied with the proportions against the building I later added.

28/03/2019 – Starbucks

As you can see in the previous image, the gloves were on as it was FAREEZIN’! The next sketch, therefore, HAD to be indoors – cue the clammer to fill that caffeinated addiction. Thankfully, I found an unassuming subject working away in the corner on a school night – poor chap. Thankfully for me, he maintained the same pose the entire time (unlike the other people above).

29/03/2019 – Coach Park Lunch

This is what happens when you have too many tourists in one location. It’s impossible to find a good place to sit in peace, eat and draw (especially now springs here). Having wondered around aimlessly, I finally found a free bench in the sun, but all I could see was a row of tourist coaches and a motorbike. Brilliant! πŸ™„

30/03/2019 – Houses of Bath Collage

I started this doodle on Saturday morning and carried it on while on the train on Sunday. It definitely made the journey seem a lot quicker. I’m determined to master single line drawing (i.e. not going over the same line twice). Or as I prefer to think of it, ‘making the best out of a bad situation’ drawing.

That’s it for this week.


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Drawing Challenge #17

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.


These close up details were done in the same sitting as drawing #16. They form part of an underpass that lets you get even closer to the falling water beneath Pulteney Bridge.

I wanted to try and keep these as close to their original form as possible, and so decided against adding any colour.

Stay tuned for more to come soon..

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 #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 #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.

7 Days in B&W

The challenge: To take a black and white photo everyday. No humans, no explanations – just an image of your everyday life. Enjoy!


Day one

Day two

Day three

Day four

Day five

Day six

Day seven


Miscellaneous Attempts