Norton Dominator Wideline 600cc
I started this sketch whilst sat track-side at the Isle of Man TT races last week, the tip of the brush is pointing at where I was on the map.
As you can imagine there’s a lot of waiting around in-between racing action so I came prepared with a brand new watercolour sketchpad and my trusty Winsor and Newton sketching palette.
In fact, there was too much waiting around in fact thanks to the worse weather the event has had in over a hundred years of running!!
In case you’re not familiar with the TT, it’s the most challenging motorcycle road race in the world. So, rather than being sat in the stands next to a racetrack I was actually on a grass bank at a wildlife park and the track was actually the main road. They close the roads when racing and the locals get stuck in their houses for the duration!
This sketch suffered from my usual problem of overworking it. It should have taken me at least half, if not a quarter, of the time to do.
I’ve already drawn the outline of my next motorbike on the opposite page so I’ll try to be faster and looser with that one. Note that I’ve got nothing against taking time to paint, it’s just that it highlights a degree of the “beginner” to not be making confident and well-placed strokes rather than dab-dab-dab – especially when it’s so small and supposed to be a rough sketch.