Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Drawing of A Western Pacific GP20

Above is a my drawing of a Western Pacific GP20 freight locomotive.  Its paint scheme is based on the colors of Western Pacific's popular California Zephyr passenger train.
Western Pacific was known as the Feather River Route, after the scenic Feather River Canyon it followed entering Northern California.  Western Pacific is remembered as a railroad that linked California and the West to the gateway of Salt Lake City.

Box Cars Are Great Starter Drawings

As I trim around the lettering on my Monon box car, you will quickly see why box cars are such a great project for lettering.  In the golden age of trains, box cars were used to advertise the railroads' nicknames or the passenger trains of the day.
From a time managment element, you will quickly see that a box car gives you a long time to work on lettering and painting versus a locomotive.  This gives you valuable practice time, as most of the mistakes and stress you will feel while drawing happen when painting.  Pencil lines can be erased, pen and ink is much more difficult to correct.
So when you see a train, keep an eye out for some of the interesting freight cars.  They truly are the best drawings to get started on.  Enjoy drawing trains.

Drawing Box Cars-A Great Opportunity to Practice Your Skills

Box cars are always a fun project.  They allow you to work on your skills of keeping your lines straight, and, as I mentioned with cabooses, box cars allow you to mainly focus on lettering.  This Monon box car not only has a large "Monon" logo, however, it has the slogan "The Hoosier Line".
Constant practice of lettering builds your confidence.  Your eyes grow sharper and sharper at seeing the spaces between letters and the many shapes, twists and turns on each letter.  Who would have thought that drawing a simple box car would give you this much practice?  Enjoy drawing trains.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Trimming the Color Separations on Keokuk Junction FP9 1752

Here I am trimming the separations on Keokuk Junction FP9 1752.  It is important to trim each color separation with a fine-tip pen before using the brush pen to fill.
F-units such as the Keokuk Junction locomotive often have stripes and many color separations.  Trimming the edges of each separation allows you to fill each area with confidence.
Confidence with the brush tip reduces the amount of brush strokes.  When each separation is clearly marked, it is much easier to paint accurately.  Enjoy drawing trains. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

It Is Always Great To Draw A Caboose

Cabooses make great practice drawings.  They take about half the time of a locomotive and are a great way to work on logos, lettering and keeping your lines straight.
Cabooses and freight cars are often very colorful.  This gives you a chance to work on trimming around color breaks, such as on yellow hand rails and around windows.
Cabooses are rich in history as well.  They are also just as recognizable as engines.  Often at shows, I have had people specifically ask for my drawings of cabooses.
So get yourself a red pen, and draw yourself a caboose or two.  They are truly a great piece of railroad equipment to get in hours of practice.  I find myself drawing many cabooses both for practice and for fun.  Enjoy drawing trains.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Outlining the Lettering on Conrail SD40-2 6373

When outlining the lettering on a locomotive drawing, it is important to be patient.  Lettering around curves, such as on Conrail SD40-2 #6373 does not have a smooth, straight line.  This can be a challenge.
Patience while lettering is key, as you have invested many hours into the pencil lines of your locomotive drawing.  Many observers, however, will look at logos and read slogans on the finished locomotives.  This is why it is important to practice lettering again and again.
I suggest practicing lettering over and over on a spare card.  Lettering must be done with confidence, and if the only chance you get to letter is on your finished locomotive, often you may be frustrated.  You simply will not get the hours of lettering practice you need if you save lettering only for the finished work.  Enjoy drawing trains.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coloring The Blue On Grand Trunk Western Locomotive 1776

When coloring a large area such as the blue on Grand Trunk Western 1776, it is important to set aside a block of uninterrupted time.  A locomotive such as Grand Trunk Western 1776 has many angles to color around and many nooks and crannies to fill with blue, so it is important that you are able to concentrate.
Concentration is important, as you must keep the blue even and keep brush strokes to a minimum, yet be ever watchful that you do not go over the edges and get blue into areas such as the Grand Trunk Western logo or into the eagle.  Patience and practice are key.
The first coat of blue will be uneven in many places.  A second and often third coat of ink are often essential to even out the blue.
Having fun with your drawing is the most important part.  The more you practice, the more even the blue will get with each next drawing, and the straighter the lines will become.  Enjoy drawing trains.