Monday, 27 February 2017

A little nostalgia

Once upon a time, as a young teenager, my friends and I used to go train-spotting. Sometimes, as a special treat, we would take a packed lunch and catch a train ride to another station a stop or two down the line so we could 'spot' other trains. One very regular engine on those runs was an Ivatt class, 2MT 2-6-2T No 41218.  It was built at Crewe works in September 1948 and remained in service until July 1965 when it was withdrawn and ultimately scrapped.

My brother-in-law/cousin is a keen train enthusiast with a substantial model layout in his spare room. He also used to train spot at the same time as I did and it was reminiscing with him that inspired me to want to do a drawing of this fondly remembered engine. Fired with interest I did some googling and found a couple of photo's of similar engines (different numbers but the same class) online. I used them for reference to recreate engine 41218 in graphite. 

It's been a long time since I last did anything like this and I thoroughly enjoyed every second.

N.B. For any beginners interested I've posted a series of Work-in-progress photo's on my web site.

8 comments:

  1. This is an amazing drawing John. And what memories.!! Isn't it wonderful when we could go on-line to get some reference photos? You never disappoint us with your work....(I love how you painted the steam as well.......so realistic)

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    1. You're very kind Hilda, thank you. Yes, we take the internet for granted these days but I can't imagine how I'd have ever found a suitable reference photo without it.

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  2. Hi John. As Hilda above said it's an amazing drawing . I agree with her. It is an amazin drawing.
    I have never seen a better drawing. Well done mate. .
    Vic.

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    1. Thank you Vic, I appreciate that very much. ;-)

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