she may not look like much but she’s got it where it counts, kid

train engine in davis

I had wanted to draw this train engine, moored on the railroads near the Co-Op, during the last Davis sketchcrawl but it was not there. I went back a week later and there she was. I drew an engine like this (in brown pen on cream paper) as part of my Davis Moleskine (it may have been the same engine, I’m no trainspotter) but really wanted to show its bright, patriotic colours. I sat in the shade and sketched with my uniball signo un-151 pen, which actually does take a wash pretty well, but more importantly it draws like a dream.

Drawn on Strathmore hot press paper. Including colour (added later) it took about two hours, mostly in the on-site drawing. There is the penwork below.

train drawing

3 thoughts on “she may not look like much but she’s got it where it counts, kid

  1. Moish says:

    Compared to your regular two drawings per watercolor-sketchbook page, this is large format. Beautiful drawing! As for trainspotting, I’m sure if it were a fire hydrant you would tell ’em apart in a second. From your drawings, definitely look like the same model engines, however, the numbers this one says “CFNR 504” the other ends “501”. I can’t make out the number on the second engine in the other drawing though. Cool stuff.

  2. Claire M says:

    This is awesome! I have a soft spot for trains because my father was a big train fan and took many photos of them around California when he was alive. We used to go find them on some of our vacations, and my own little family picked up the same habit. Nicely done!!

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