Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two visits to Perth

Perth is about 5.5 hrs flying west and 4.5hrs flying east from Brisbane. 

Trip 1 - 40th Birthday Party

The first trip to Perth was for a 40th Party from a friend that we worked with in Mount Isa. I found it difficult to fit time into sketch when we were catching up and talking with everybody. 

We stayed at his unit on Beaufort Street and was within walking distance to a lot of great cafes. Whilst the others were lounging back at the unit, I headed off to the Beaufort Street Merchant. 

It was a great party with lots of friendly people. 

I had just under an hour to do the two sketches at the Perth airport. Perth is a hub for a lot of mine sites so the airport lounge was what looked to be full of mineworkers - flying alone or with colleagues, casual attire (t-shirt, shorts and thongs), looked routine. 

Perth - Beaufort st

Perth - airport

Trip 2 - Work

My second trip to Perth was for a work trip. 

I have always loved James Gurney's work. He is famous for his imaginative realistic style in Dinotopia but I only recently found that he has a very generous and informative blog (here). From watching his videos, I have started to incorporate some water soluble pencils to add texture and depth after I have finished with the watercolour paint (as you can see in the plane sketch on the man's shirt and hair). 

The other person's work (amongst many others) I am admiring is Stefano Faravelli's work (here and look under "Appunti da Sfogliare"). 

I am still preferring my looser watercolour style as it is quicker and I like how you can fully see the uniqueness of watercolour. But I am looking forward to experimenting with the addition of the watercolour pencils, incorporating more text and little details.    

I have been quite happy with my smaller palette which I used for all of these sketches, although I need to find a more transparent yellow which I can add by replacing the full pan. With the incorporation of the water soluble pencils, I am not needing the Lavendar, Cobalt Teal Light and Buff Titanium as I typically use them for spot use at the end for reflected light. 

Flight Brisbane to Perth

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I'd love to hear what other sketchers are experimenting with at the moment and how they fit in sketching when they are with people.  


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sketching at the University of Melbourne


Melbourne USK Sketchcrawl at the University of Melbourne – first sketch over breakfast. The university was quite quiet since it was a Saturday.


Lots of heritage buildings here.


A red Vespa and her little cousin, a red push bike :) – surely I had to sketch them.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Open House (Melbourne USK)

Every year Open House in Melbourne allows the public to see buildings that you otherwise might not have the chance. They even have a ballot to get into the most exclusive ones. For alot of they have limits of the group size and long lines. We managed to find a treasure in St Patricks Cathedral. It was warm, with beautiful lighting and lots of seats. Then we went to the Old Treasury building (you can access throughout the year). We found little hidey holes or lent against the walls.  


The inside is really amazing with the soft lighting and pillars.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Annual Zombie Shuffle in Melbourne

“Zombies” gathered at the Treasury Gardens a couple of weeks ago. It was a great opportunity to draw as the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. I did not manage to get many zombies in my sketch so I got 2 of them to hold my sketchbook. Such a fun day to sketch and to people watch.


Lucy Loves Charlie - Auburn Road, Hawthorn (Melbourne USK)

I live just 5 mins drive away from Auburn Rd, but I'd never really been down there. The small village of shops in Hawthorn is a treat to draw: from the heritage buildings to the cute shop fronts. Lucy loves Charlie is a florist which stands out. It's certainly a complex but lovely heritage building. Then Angela pointed out a shop front of shoes and I was hooked. We seem to be having a run of beautiful sunny Saturdays, perfect for our sketch meetups.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hidden in Rookwood

Last Saturday I went to Rookwood Cemetery as they run an annual installation art exhibition called Hidden. 
But any excuse to take a trip out there to sketch is never turned down. Call me strange but I do love sketching in old cemeteries. It's not that they're creepy, in fact if you get a really nice spring day, like what I had, its an incredibly peaceful and beautiful surround to sketch in.
I usually have a tackle box full of watercolours and colour inks when I draw on location, but lately I have started to enjoy using graphite pencils (3B, 4B) and using a rubber/eraser as a drawing tool as well.

So I would draw a bit, rub out a bit (quite aggressively and leave all the smudges in there), draw again, rub etc until I felt it was finished. Its such fun when being messy is part of your technique!

If you would like to see more drawings from this day, please visit my blog.

Thanks for your time.
Happy sketching!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Melbourne USK visit the Royal Arcade

As you can see we were rugged up for Melbourne winter weather to sketch the Royal Arcade which is on Bourke Street in the CBD. Some of managed to sketch outside for an hour or so before finding refuge from the chill inside the arcade. The Royal Arcade is Victorian heritage and one of the draw cards is the giant clock which has two giant statues Gog and Magog either side.

We had a good day, enjoying a hot chocolate (at chokolait) and then followed with some lunch and more sketching at one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne. The Little Mule is hidden cafe down an alleyway. They service and sell bikes so they have things hanging off the wall and the staff are a treat. They hold classes there during the week (Laneway Learning).