Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tractor time

I went around the corner to the local health-food shop and café - called Fresh Earth - to tackle drawing this tractor for Urban Sketchers. There have been a few abandoned cars and machinery on there lately, so I faced my fear of mechanical rendering and tried, when nobody was around on this Sunday afternoon. I hope there are no tractor experts to spot the many errors! There's another sketch of it in it's pavement café setting over here on USk, that I did from my car on Friday when it was open.

11 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

He looks like he is a fun character from a children's book series. I see it has flat tyres and reckon you made a great job of this sketch. Funny how mechanical things put you off - might be trying something different myself as there is an exhibition invite from the water towers appreciation society. That'll be different.

laura said...

Oh wow--I think it's great! The tires are wonderful; you've shown so much with a minimum of brushwork. Nice!

Robert A Vollrath said...

I love tractors in art. Wonderful Job.

Helen Percy Lystra said...

I checked out the other one too... love that whole setting but this is a nice job on a tough subject.

pencilportraits said...

If my other half saw this he'd be in heaven, he's tractor mad and it's lovely

Sandy Maudlin said...

From galley and museum pieces :-) to tractors. Your work is wonderful even in sketch form. SO enjoy your blog.

Cathy Gatland said...

Water towers appreciation society, Joan!!? There is an interest group for everybody, somewhere! I don't think machines will ever be a major source of inspiration for me, but interesting to try now and then.

Thanks everyone, for your encouragement and nice comments!

Teresa said...

LOVE your tractor! It's just charming, yet has enough realism to give it a little bite.

Great job!

africantapestry said...

I love your tractor...And the humour in it(maybe not intended) for Urban sketchers! I can see JHB moving around in tractors..
ronell

oneartistjournal said...

I like this tractor..it's airy..I like your drawings..I'm glad I found them and you..

Laureline said...

Cathy, this is charming---and a great addition to the abandoned car/machinery series! I'm going to USk to see your other one!