vintage cars

Motorclassica – the line files

You don’t always see classic cars on the road. I mean old expensive ones that people decide it is too difficult or too risky to take their car out on the public road.

Then again it might happen and it’s a long way away from where I am. So going to Motoclassica over the last few days I tried to get as much ink down as I could in the time available. SO here are the cars I drew at the event, in order,  including the people sitting on the train.


the guy in the black hat was much trendier than I drew him, he seemed late 20s and too old for his get up and his breakfast in a tetra pack! The man in the blue shirt was playing two handed iphone game, again too old for that. The guy with the umbrella was VERY cool with his yellow shirt and umbrella, The student went too school before I finished her, and the girl with her tight hairI had to draw!


1925 Rolls Phantom, one that a chaffeur drives. Bob was the friendliest bloke at the show, explaining every bit of the car to visitors. From my angle the wheel circles looked dark green but were actually black!  The statuette on the hood , turns to allow you to open the hood!


NOt pleased with this one, there was a Pillar where the door was, but I wnated to draw it, but I think I lost a bit because of my decision, Ah serendipity!

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This Rolls I liked the bottom half but then he opened the bonnet and I lost the top half……


I decided to try an angle from upstairs, whihc I expanded upon later

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Day two I sat with Alissa Duke (see her site here). We both liked this one, lots of reflections so colour will be interesting later.

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I had two hours to capture this one from above. Not sure how it comes out but I enjoyed the process, should have noted my lines better


Enjoyed this one even with lots of people living old dreams or wishes. everyone from young to old stopped in front of me to look and discuss this.


The Masrati are had a couch where one lady was sleeping so opposite her I sat down and drew this one


Only had 15 minutes to spare so ripped out the brush pen sat on the floor and scratched this one out…….

Let me know what you think? email me 

Liz Steels sketching buildings

Ok I am a little behind. I am a little bit behind (I wonder if this translates to Je suis debonaire derriere?) but i digress, behind in my homework.

I am doing a bit when I can and at the moment playing with Liz Steels building class even though I did her workshop, which I can recommend , to see her in action and be able to ask questions I found very valuable. I do like to consolidate my knowledge and experiences  by going over things again.


I am also going to Hobart in a weeks time and going to sketch for 3 whole days whilst TB goes to remote nursing school.Liz has based some of her course buildings (below are my images) on some she saw in Tasmania so I thought it would be good practice to get in a few Taswegian style buildings.  Now these ones are quickies done on non watercolour paper whilst other things are happening around me, which is good for a male to try to multitask….

I am also playing with a bit of toning on a couple of other sketches  you may have seen the line art for on an earlier page, but now putting some tone down. This is another fun stage where I can start to see it become more dimensional.

I have watered down my last mix of ink  a little more than I have used in the past. These have had two coats, the darker shadows are next, especially for Flinders St as I used a brush pen for the Model T and the dark shadows are already there


and then there is this one below. I am experimenting with George Haddonsimg_1246 style pics whilst sitting in bed, trying to learn to add some character to my images. For me now I am trying to add a bit of life in my diagrams.

Hot Rods @Phillip Island

Not sure if I am hooked or just romantically challenged by the idea of these old cars. Happy Days on TV , my mother looking like an old rocker in her day, listening to Buddy Holly, Elvis, who knows, I just seem to enjoy the old cars as sketching subjects.

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Uncle Keith, my Mum and Uncle Syd

Last weekend was the Kustom Nats at Phillip Island, so we got up early and Saturday and drove down. We were there early and parked at the Grand Prix circuit in the public parking area. What started out cool started to warm up so a change of clothes from jeans to shorts was called for. While that happened I did quick warm up sketch of this car that pulled up alongside us. orange .jpeg

I still don’t know what it is/was! And its even harder to tell from my loosener!

The owner got out and donned a PITH helmet! I snuck a photo of him and must draw him at some point.

There were quite a few cars, so hard to choose what to draw. I sketched one and was unhappy with my result! BUT i wandered on and settled down and drew this one.

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I was attracted to the radiator cap. Have to add some colour to Daves 29 Roadster

And then I sat down and drew Phil’s THIR-T-2

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While I was sketching there were quite a few people coming up and looking over my shoulder. i have gotten used to that now that it doesn’t bother me and can almost chat and sketch at the same time.


He liked the pic and had his photo taken next to it. Off to BP tonight see what I can do>

2016- sketching cars from hiding to outing myself!

Sketching is meditative. Early last year at work, I read in psych journals the benefits of meaningful colouring in for adults.

The concentration required for colouring in (and staying between the lines) makes you focus on the now, the lines, nothing else.

Time slips away.

Sketching can do the same thing.

It does it for me. Sometimes I have to catch myself from dribbling as I forget to swallow. Thank goodness breathing happens naturally or I’d be in trouble. (And water colour and dribble don’t mix! actually they do and that can be a problem!)

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2015 cars

Recently I have been sketching cars. I know very little about them.

I know I like to concentrate on the curves, the windows, the engines. The last fortnight  I have been following around some “cruise” nights and “shine and show” sessions.


2015 under cover of sheds

But being a Libran it is sometimes hard to pick what to sketch.

The first times I was not used to public sketching and hid under trees away from crowds.

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On the street in Mornington


I have overcome the worry about what people think. After all I am doing it for me, not for exhibiting, just my sketchbook. If people like it well that’s nice but I am not going to worry about what others think. Don’t get me wrong, part of me wants people to like what I do, but I am overcoming these self doubts, which makes me feel good about my art.

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Drawn at the BP in Baxter

See I can now say I do art!

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Colour to be added, or print and colour yourself! Pre shaded

I still have doubts about what I do, I am struggling drawing people, but I am going to keep trying.

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actually 2016 not 2015

There’s a new klass I do online about to start, with Sketchbookskool (SBS)( . So I’ll be doing a few different things.

So far I have taken klasses at SBS ; Beginning, seeing, playing and now we are coming up for expressing. If you want to draw may I suggest signing up for beginning.


Other classes online I have taken are

A couple of Koosje Koone’s classes- Make awesome art at-

Liz Steele’s Sketching Now

& Craftsy course by Steven Reddy (dynamic detail)