Sketchy on the Detail

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Tag: bus

Y2D199 and from up high

Today was spent touring Vancouver in a mini sight-seeing bus. We had a small group so managed to spend a little longer at all the stops. There were totem poles, lighthouses, bridges, observation decks and lots of rain. Not really many sketching opportunities though lots of photography (I was playing with the pin-hole setting on my camera), so this view is from my hotel room on the 9th floor.

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Y2D63 and little man

My godson is visiting for a couple of days with his pater, so I’ve taken the time off work to spend some quality time spoiling him rotten. Today we caught buses around central London and boats along the Thames for lots of photo opportunities.

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Y2D45 and catch up

Oh dear, getting behind in the posting. This is from Thursday, a memory drawings from the day’s travel…

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Y2D42 and not quite big enough

The back windows of some flats overlook the bus station, and having just missed one bus I had a full ten minutes to observe a young fella try to open the window and let some air in. Problem was, he was just not quite big enough, and had to resort to the elder sibling in the end.

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Y2D29 and down, down, down

There are some interesting angles to be had from the upper deck of the bus. And for the most part, people don’t know you are observing them, so they behave more naturally. Still not got this quite right, as the young fella is leaning back rather than coming forward.

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Y2D28 and film stars

It was a bit windy today, and with all the debris about made it difficult to get home. I had a wonderful hour and a half bus journey next to a lady who looked like she came straight out of a 1930s film. I wanted to draw her, but didn’t think she would appreciate the reference, so had to settle for surreptitiously studying her for later records, what I now call ‘study in blue and yellow’….

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Y2D21 and loitering

Another memory sketch, from another bus journey home. This youngster was loitering by some shops, bored and waiting for nearby dad to finish his conversation. Know that feeling….

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Y2D18 and mannequin

Sometimes, when you’re on the bus and you don’t have much time to spend on each sketch, it’s handy your subject doesn’t move. Lucky for me, the bus tonight went down Oxford Street, and there are always mannequins on display when the bus is collecting a new passenger or waiting for lights to change.

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Y2D17 and memory lane

I need to start drawing from memory, I think it helps when trying to create an imaginary scene. So I concentrate on what I want to sketch and try to recreate it at a later time. Still not so good on the perspective if it’s not in front of me though. This view is from the bus window on the upper deck.

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Day 357 and last page

For this sketchbook anyway. I dismissed the lunchtime drawing from my excursion into Greenwich today and bus drawing in favour of a little TV continuous line drawing. On the very last page. Onto a new book for tomorrow…

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