Goryo-jinja shrine, Hase

The Enoshima Electric Railway or the Enoden as it more commonly referred to is a small railway line in Kanagawa prefecture that runs between Fujisawa and Kamakura, the latter being the location of a giant Amida Buddha statue. This sketch is from the entrance to the Goryo-jinja shrine, in Hase, just two or three stops before Kamakura. Here there is a railroad crossing just before the entrance. I think it makes for an interesting contrast.

Enoden train at Goryo Jinja in Hase, Bockingford HP 5″ x 7″


Initial sketch


Keifuku train, Kyoto

The Keifuku Randen line is an old tram line, actually, the only tram line left in Kyoto. It is an interesting option if you’re visiting Kyoto as it stops close by a number of shrines and temples.

Not entirely sure which station this is, it’s based on a reference from a while back, but I believe it was Arashiyama.


Keifuku train, 5″ x 7″ on Bockingford HP
Keifuku train, pencil sketch

Inktober sketch #4

Not too sure what I was aiming for here, maybe a “slightly creepy old cabin in the woods, perhaps best not to go in there” kind of feel. Another sketch which more or less just evolved from nothing, where I didn’t really have a good feel for what I wanted to draw but just kept drawing nevertheless. It’s really just me playing, mainly with technique, trying out a few things.


Inktober sketch #3

I felt my previous Inktober sketch was a bit on the flat side so decided to change that for this sketch. The forest theme remains the same as does the sub-theme of Pancake (my former Border Collie) and me walking through the forest. Overall I think this works much better and it took just a fraction of the time that the previous sketch took to complete.


Inktober sketch #2

For my second Inktober sketch I wanted to make something more in the spirit of the season (Autumn) and so decided to make a sketch of myself and Pancake, my Border Collie (or rather my former Border Collie), out for a walk in the woods during Autumn.


Didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned so I’m a little disappointed in this one. An earlier trial sketch using just Pigma Micron fineliners I felt turned out better. I’m  not going to show that earlier version because I made several mistakes too many but I’m thinking I should redo it.

Below, is the top sketch at an earlier stage; I think I actually might prefer this.


Inktober sketch #1

I’m new to Inktober – I think I actually only heard about it last year but I thought I’d give it a try this year as it seems to be so popular. It is fun checking Instagram every day and looking at what everybody has done,  there is some really outstanding work being posted.

Ideally, I’d be creating a new ink sketch every day during the month of October but I really don’t have the time to create an ink drawing every day, just isn’t going to happen. Anyway, it’s already the 8th of October but I want to do something even if it’s only one or two sketches.  If I could find the time to do three or four or more that would be awesome.

This is my first sketch. It isn’t anything really. I wanted to do something around the theme of forest and this is what happened. I pretty much just made it up as I went along; drew the outlines of a couple of tree trunks and took it from there – it shows a path, a trail leading out of a forest it seems, crossing a small creek where the trail follows along the border of a field.

I made the drawing in a Strathmore 400 series, 5.5″ x 8.5″ sketchbook using Pigma Micron pens, although I think I mainly used a Micron 01.



Inktober #1, 5.5″ x 8.5″


Tea house, Nara

A thatched roof tea-house in Nara, named Mizutani-chaya. Situated near to Nara park and the famous Kasuga Taisha shrine. The watercolour version was made in a small Bockingford spiral pad, 5″ x 7″. Not sure how I feel about this, the values are wrong, they don’t quite make logical sense and there is a weird “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” vibe to it! I really need to be practising a lot more than I am.


Line sketch in ink prior to adding the watercolour.


Initial pencil sketch – proportions were a little off here but I fixed that in the line and wash sketch.