Fire Truck QFS 329

The Story Behind the Urban Sketching

Another sketch from the Miles Historical Village, this is an old fire truck for the Queensland Fire Service identification QFS 329, other than that I really know anything about it because I haven’t had chance to take the guided tour yet.

The fire truck was parked between two sheds so this was the only angle available to sketch which was still pretty good.

When I was a kid I didn’t want to be a fire fighter I wanted to be a train driver, I guess that didn’t work out either. What did you want to be as a kid and did it happen ?

My Sketching and Painting Process

Step 1 Pencil sketch, as you can see I still have trouble holding back and not drawing all the details at this stage.


Step 2 pen outlines on top of the pencil for more definition as you can see the pencil has been rubbed out. It all depends at what stage I remember to take the photo.

Just looking at this photo it would make a good template for kids to colour in, I’ll have to remember to scan it into the computer in next time.


This was definitely the most fun watercolour that I have painted so far.

I loaded up the brush with too much when I was painting the sirens and tried to whip them off with a paper towel. Funny thing is the result was actually very interesting, and gave a sense of the fire truck flying along at speed.

As they say, it’s a happy accident.


So once again I only photographed the final image so can’t show you the other progress shots.

Step 4 Tombo brush pens for tone and soften things down a little.

Step 5 Fine liner pen work

Step 6 Fine Liner detailed pen work, since I put too much pen work in the step 2 there wasn’t an awful lot to do.

Hopefully you like my new style of painting, don’t worry I’ll still be going back to my fine detail gouache work, but not for the next 8 blogs.


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

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