Sketches for ‘Tube Etchings’

Following on from the post about submissions to the Londonist’s call for ‘Tube Etchings’ ( more info here ) and a suggestion that I do more quick sketches, I thought I’d try a couple new tube themed water colour sketches.

I decided I’d base them on this picture, which is one of my favourites. It’s from Harrow-on-the-Hill station during a Transport for London’s vehicles on the move day. On the left is a new S stock Metropolitan line train; on the right is a vintage train pulled by the Sarah Siddons electric locomotive (1923) comprised of old, but refurbished, Metropolitan line carriages.


In order to get the angles lined up, I printed out the image and traced the angles through tracing paper.



My workspace:


I decided to do two sketches. One is the mirror image of the other, as I used both sides of the tracing paper. The “reverse” one was meant to be the practice one, but I was surprisingly pleased with how it turned out.

First I went over the tracing paper on both sketches, and then drew the background, angles, and image in pencil.



Then using watercolour, I began to fill the sketches in. One I started quite dark focusing on the trains; the other started with a softer approach to the background.







Once I got to this stage on both of the sketches, it was time to go over the accents with ink.

Train Images

Here’s some images of the finished sketches. The pics are a bit dark; I did take them to be scanned but the scanner was a bit harsh (below) and I lost a lot of what I liked about them.

Sketches Scans





The images have now been submitted to the Londonist, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they may use one of them.


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