Monday, December 30, 2013

Tractor doodle 2

Still practicing grid creation for the January push.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Tractor doodle

I plan to do a nice drawing per day in January next year! Slowly getting back.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

My favourite sketches of 2013

Here are my favourite sketches of 2013!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Again plants from imagination. Very short session!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Quais Fleuris 3

Did this half page from memory. I am back using stabilos, even if the line is less clean .

Monday, August 19, 2013

Quais Fleuris 2

Sketching again before rowing session. Not much time for practice this week it looks like.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quais Fleuris

Drew some plants from the lake promenade. Will do more of this this week.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Lombardo building

Sketched shortly this small building at the train station. Architecture drawing is hard ;)

Friday, August 16, 2013


I am again in Montreux. Quick doodles on some plant there. Not much time today.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Recovery day

Could only complete this tractor from imagination today. I did in in the tram, it was difficult to do straight lines.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


My son and I took a box of chalks outside. I asked him what he wanted me to draw. ;)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pop corns

Did a page of popcorns. Experimented with different way of doing things. It was quite relaxing :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Aloe doodles

This week will be plant week. I started it with those Aloe plants from memory. Using again the fountain main, which I am getting used to.
aloe plant

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Locomotive Notes

Here are the notes I took about the proportions of the 3 locomotives I draw last week.
What's missing here are the width indications.

I plan to practice drawing these 3 locs from memory in the upcoming days as warmup. Here is an example.

I did this page with a fountain pen, a Lamy Safari instead of the usual  Stabilo. 
Very nice pen with very equal line but unfortunately, it's difficult to vary the line width. Will try to use it this week.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


Had only time for 2 am 843 loc thumbnails today !

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tram 2000 "Pony"

This is a type of tram running in Zurich. They are in the process of being replaced by a new generation of tram codenamed Cobra.
I dig up blueprints of this tram to check the proportions.

Tomorrow, will try to do a review of the 4 locomotives I have done this week along with notes how to draw them.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Crocodile Loc

Worked on the Ce 6/8 I, the "crocodile". Wanted to play around with the markers but it didnt work very well. ;)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

C 5/6 locomotives

Wanted to learn how to draw a basic steam locomotive.

I used  the classic C 5/6 "Elephant" swiss loc as "reference" but I simplified it to make it more tractable ;). Quite happy with the last one!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Am 843

Did again a page of car (inspired by the Riley Sprite 1936)

And also started on the am843, my favourite locomotive here in Switzerland.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Convertible doodles

Tried to sketch from memory the 1934 Riley Spitfire I saw yesterday. Here are the one that I can show without being to embarassed.

Even if it's not very clean, clear or accurate I liked doing it because I could focus on just drawing.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Oldtimer Treff Zug

Was at a gathering of classic cars today in Zug.
Here are the side views I did. Atempted some 3/4 but got lost ;)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Arthropod Weekly Review

Re-sketched all the arthropods I did this week. From imagination with reference pictures to do the details.

I like the fly best and the mosquito the least. Next week, I will try the same workflow (memory vs. reference) with locomotives.

Friday, August 2, 2013


Attempted grasshoppers today.
As usual this week, a page from imagination first, to sharpen my attention. Haha, how embarrassing.

Then after browsing some reference pic and taking notes...

Last pic is definitely over rendered. Not a very good day today but I learned a little bit about grasshoppers.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Stag Beetle

Today's insect is the stag beetle.
First, tried to draw it from memory. Big fail as usual haha. ;)

Then I took notes from photo references and tried again.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


No insects but I wanted to sketch an european garden spider-like spider, which are very common here in Switzerland.
First I did a sort of brain dump sketch, i.e a sketch of what I remembered (i.e not much).

Then I dig up some reference pictures to see what I missed (shape of the abdomen, size of the legs, ect.)

And tried again.

Comparing with the reference pics, the proportions are still off but it's an improvement over the first attempt. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


This week is insect week and today is mosquito day. I sketched them from imagination with the help of photo reference to better understand how they are built. The top left one is the first I tried. The rest were selected from the next ones. I sneaked a nautilus I saw in Vienna. Fun stuff.

Monday, July 29, 2013


I did some thumbnail studies of flies. First few are from memory, then I used reference photo to help me spot the mistakes and the last two were done from memory again.  Wings and legs perspective are the big challenge. Also the leg posture is something I don-t understand very well.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vienna Natural History Museum Day 2

I spent the whole afternoon sketching like a mad man at the Vienna Natural History Museum. Here is the raw result.

Some sketches are not very good but I am happy I can draw that long, almost 3 hours.

On the plane back, I tried to draw what I remembered. 

Line is a bit dodgy but I like this exercise.