Twin City Tractor

The Story Behind the Urban Sketching

Sketch No 10 from the Miles Historical Village and Museum and also the last in the series for a while because I’ve run out of smooth paper.

Sorry for the lack of Information on the tractors, cars and buildings on my website but I’m an artist and not a historian, these posts are mainly to show the progress of my sketching and painting process.

My Sketching and Painting Process

So I’ve run out of A4 smooth hot pressed watercolour paper so I thought I would try and sketch this Twin City Tractor on the cold pressed paper with a textured surface.

This wasn’t very pleasant to sketch on as you couldn’t get any nice smooth or straight lines, this is why my sketches are on hold for a while.

Trying to use my 0.05 fine liner for the pen outline stage was rather difficult because of all the graphite pencil lines. This would stop the pen working which was annoying.

Overall I was happy with the shape of the tractor and decide to sketch it at a different angle from the last tractor.

Unfortunately living in outback Queensland the closest art store is 3hrs drive away but I’m going to visit mum next week so I’ll stock up then which is even further at 4.5 hr drive away.

Normal I purchase art supplies online if I run out between visiting my family but when I purchase watercolour paper its in large A0 sheets. This is so I can tear them down to size with the nice rough edge, which is not practical to post out and would probably get damaged.

The watercolour stage was a little different as the paint dried a lot quicker than hot pressed paper. It also the colours didn’t seem to blend as well.

I decided to be more adventurous with the colour and add more red and less rust. Once again I loved painting the timber floor and a few screws and washers.

Finished artwork, the Tombo brush pens didn’t seem to have any difficulties with the rough paper but the next stage of fine artwork really trashed my fine liner pen nibs.

Anyway by the time this post is scheduled I should have stocked up on my watercolour paper and be sipping cocktails on Heron Island. This is part of my birthday presents in tropical Queensland.

Cheers and I hope you like this new style of quick sketches for the Miles Historical Village and Museum.

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 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

2 Comments on “Twin City Tractor

  1. Gosh, it’s amazing what a difference the type of paper makes to the process. The finished art looks fabulous though. Congrats for persevering. And happy birthday.


    • It’s the first time I’ve used ink in my painting so the paper was bought for my gouache works.
      Anyway I purchased another 6 full sheets so I should have about 36 A4 sheets now.
      I jumped to a different brand because the price had jumped $5 per sheet on the Arches. Hopefully this is equally as good.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes, I went snorkelling with mum for three days on Heron island, that was my gift from her. Now I’m building a deck at mums so probably no art for a few more days but I still have a couple more blogs scheduled I think so all good.

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