International Harvester Truck

The Story Behind the Urban Sketching

While at the Miles Historical Village and Museum I got talking to the staff about my art and it was suggested that I should display some of my artwork at the village after their renovations. Well a year later I got talking to the staff again on my exhibition opening night and things were still positive. Now that their renovation were complete and I had some free time I was ready for another project.

Looking at instagram one night I came across a few Artist’s and one stood out in particular, Ian Fennelly who did some paintings of Robin’s Hood Bay, not far from where I grew up in the UK. This was a bright free style of urban sketching which I instantly fell in love with and as a bonus he did some free online tutorials.

I instantly signed up and watched my free lessons and then decided to purchase the beginner course to urban sketching by Ian Fennelly, which was the best move.

I wanted to try something a little different for this project and as it happens I was learning a new style of painting using watercolour and ink rather than my usual gouache. I already purchased some professional watercolours about 2 years ago but hadn’t really had the chance to use them because all my work for my exhibition was in gouache.

I had the tools, the online training and the enthusiasm to start something new, so here is my interpretation of Ian Fennelly urban sketching at the Miles Historical Village.

International Harvester Truck

My Sketching and Painting Process

Working at home from my own photos I took on location at the Village.

Step 1 is to quickly sketch the subject with not too much detail. The not drawing too much detail part I’m still struggling with.

Step 2 you loosely draw over your pencil lines in pen, then rub out the pencil. Once you have more experience you don’t do the pencil stage.


Step 3 is to paint some watercolour loosely and a few splashes of paint. The splashing seems to land on anything but the paper.


Since I got engrossed in the painting I forgot to take anymore progress shots apart from the final image.

So the steps should have been as follows.

Step 4 Greys and black Tombo brush pens for tone.

Step 5 & 6 More detail using fine liner pens.


As it happens I got talking to someone around the campfire about my latest collection of sketching I’d been doing all week.

After I showed him the photos on my iPhone he wanted to look at the original and decided to purchase two of them.

If someone purchase an artwork that’s not framed then I hide there initials in the painting. in this case its “LP”


The proud owner of two original artworks in my new style of urban sketching, Hippong homestead and the International harvester truck. The truck was the first sketch form my Miles historical Village collection.

It always makes me proud getting my photo taken with the new owners of my artwork and sometimes in front of my banner.

I must say this was such a boost trying a new style and someone wanting to purchase them straight away.


So selling the two originals has setup the foundation to get my Miles Historical Village collection of 10 greeting cards printed.

Here is a sneak preview of 5 greeting cards and the next few blogs I’m about to write.

The greeting cards should take around 2 – 3 weeks to arrive so expect a few giveaways coming in October.


Watercolour Paint, Ink & Paper

I use Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Hot Pressed.

Tombo Brush Pens N15, N45, N55, N60, N65, N95 and Faber Castell Fine-liners 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7

My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

2 Comments on “International Harvester Truck

    • Thank you, well you will be pleased to know that I have another three blogs scheduled and I’ll see if I can get the rest done today.
      I must say that this style is so much fun but very taxing on my paper supplies. I finally get to stock up on Monday
      Happy reading

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