Digital drawing of a London bus Routemaster

I was away on holiday last week and fell a bit behind with Sketchbook Skool so my assignment for Lapin’s klass is still waiting to be done. I did a practise drawing for it but I wasn’t all that happy with the result and it wasn’t quite what the homework had asked for either so I’ve decided to leave that one for now and just keep going.

This week’s teacher is one of my favourite sketchbook artists, France Belleville Van Stone. If you haven’t checked out her blog since I last mentioned it, then you should do that right now!

Pen and ink drawing of a routemaster bus

I’ve been a huge fan of her work for a few years now and her SBS klass didn’t disappoint. The homework she set was to draw something on wheels, using 2 different media.

I went for a London Routemaster bus because I had a photo, which I used for reference when I did the black and white drawing, although I think I overdid the crosshatching on this drawing.

As well as different media she asked us to draw the same subject from a different angle and to draw it quickly the second time around. I used a photo found using Google images and drew the picture at the top of this post using the Autodesk Sketchbook app in about 15 minutes.

France recommends the Paper app by 53 but being an Android phone user and the owner of a Windows tablets I didn’t have that option (although I’m starting to think about maybe getting an iPad just so I can use Paper!).

The Sketchbook app seems like a reasonable second best though and I really enjoyed trying digital drawing for the first time. I think I might do quite a bit more playing around with that app.