Monday, June 11, 2012

a visit to Sydney Opera House : Alissa Duke

Today I realised I had been doing a lot of drawing recently, but not so much sketching. I knew I was going into the city yesterday evening, so I browsed through The Art of Urban Sketching to get me in the mood for sketching around the Opera House. I had planned to draw the lights of VIVID , where lights are projected on some iconic buildings around the Harbour. But is was so very wet that I decided that as I had seen the light display a few nights ago, I would not make my self uncomfortable in the wet and cold,. So I went towards the Opera House and sketched around there in the shelter and warmth.
I walked past a busker who had gathered a large crowd, He was up on a platform,  juggling fire.

Then I tried to capture the greyness of the day. This is when I realised how damp the day was. None of my pencils would take to the Moleskine watercolour page – it was not wet, but sodden with atmosphere.

I walked up to the Opera House forecourt, which was deserted due to the weather. Everyone was in the undercover cafes and bars. I did one or two quick sketches before going inside to see ChorusOz perform Carmen. Some of my friends were in the chorus

I had thought about sketching during the concert. The lights were still on, so I could see my sketchbook and I had figured out what I what sketch. However the seats are so close that I did not feel comfortable taking out my sketchbook. So I I waited until the performace was over and quickly sketched a small section of what I could see as people started to leave


  1. You are very brave going out in the foul weather we had. You seem to have very clear definition between sketching and drawing. Not sure that I do.

  2. Hello Alissa,
    thank you for your lovely comment and glad to hear you enjoy my drawings. Sorry for the delay getting back to you.
    I use larger black board sketch books, with a smooth 140gsm paper and generally just use the right hand side. A brand I like is SEAWHITE OF Brighton. I use a watercolour pad, love Winsor&Newton gummed watercolour pad 300gsm..because it is smooth. I also like Bristol Board, extra smooth 250gsm drawing pad..great for fine black ink pens, also by winsor& Newton too. Hope that helps!
    I find moleskine are a little too small for me to work with. I had a quick look at your wonderful work on flickr. best wishes Millyx