Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cockatoo Island

In Cockatoo Island, we had a pretty rainy day which didn't want to let us sketch. In a little shelter for the cars, some of us could refugee from the wind and rain. From there, I sketched this perspective trying to capture the contrasting materials of the old sandstone building and the more recent warehouses in top of it. 

 After lunch, I made my way inside the purple warehouse that appears in the right top corner of the first perspective. I passed some fences an found this this piece of machinery.

Looking forward to the next UrbanSketchers meeting.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Drumming in Abu Dhabi

In February I was given the exciting opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to play with TaikOz. Most of the time we had rehearsals and the actual performances. But I managed to sketch inbetween everything and in the afternoons when we had time to ourselves. Here is a selection of my sketches, if you would like to see the rest please click on this link to my blog post.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Current Tools

I wanted to share some  of the main gear I have been using lately for my sketches. When doing quick sketches or doodling, I like to use the Pilot C4, Jumbo Triplus or any other kind of pencil. In my watercolors, I have been using lately the Micron with Van Gogh watercolors, sometime with previous auxiliar lines or sketch in pencil.

Pilot G-Tec C4 0.4 (0.2 mm)
Recommended. Non waterproof.

Micron 0.05 mm (SAKURA)

Jumbo Triplus.
A thicker pencil than usual, that gives you a good line when properly sharpened.

Pentel brush.
Refillable water.

Van Gogh Pocket Box Original

I lost my previous watercolors and got this ones shipped from Spain, which are a little bit dirty at the moment. Is is a basic set of 15 exchangeable watercolors.

I usually use a piece of paper of the similar kind of the one I am going to sketch, so I can actually see how the color is going to look.

Australia 2012

I arrived to Australia on July of 2012. Since then, I have been wondering around different places with my sketchbook and watercolors. Here are some of the sketches.

Opera House, Sydney

St. Pauls, Federation Square, Melbourne

Hello, UrbanSketchers!

Hello everyone!

I am glad to introduce myself to the UrbanSketchers community. My name is Nono Martínez Alonso. I am an architecture student from Málaga (Spain) currently studying at University of Technology Sydney.

First of all, I would like to
 thank Liz Steel and Luis Ruiz for introducing me to UrbanSketchers.

Here, you can see some of my previous sketches in the last years and some of the tools I have been using in my sketches lately. I will soon post a couple of sketches from the last UrbanSketchers event in Cockatoo Island.

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

United States

Design Studio Mid-Term Review, North Carolina State University

Robbie House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Video from Saturday

USK Sydney at Cockatoo Island - Crane Crawl. Saturday 02 March 2013 from Chantal V on Vimeo.

It is very very exciting to have our first video from Saturday - special huge thanks to Chantal for putting this together (and managing to sketch as well!)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Group Photos from Cockatoo Island

Once again a great group of people and amazing variety in the work done....

Next month 6th April - more details soon

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cockatoo Island Alisssa Duke

Cockatoo Island has a great view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and fascinating history as a former convict prison and shipyard. It was going to be the former shipyard that bought us here today. There are over 50 industrial cranes still in place on the island of various shapes and sizes.
 A few of us had been talking about a day where we just drew the cranes. ( and not be distracted by the many other sketchable features)
Unfortunately, the weather was against us.

 I arrived early and left early . My plan for the day was to go way outside my comfort zone of using watercolour pencils, Lamy Safari Joy ink pen  and Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook.
I took along A3 sheets , bottles of ink, water soluble crayons, conte crayons. – But it was VERY damp and I had to sketch  between downpours. An interesting experiment  to try again on a fine day . Anyway – here are my efforts for the day

I have no idea what this last one  is , but it looks like something from a Shaun Tan book.
Neocolour watercolour crayons

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Industrial Precinct at Cockatoo Island

The sky was dark when I got to Cockatoo Island. Rather than start sketching outside and getting rained on before I finished, I headed straight for the Industrial Precinct. I had been longing to go back there to sketch for a long time, so I was happy.

Soon afterwards  all other sound was drowned out by the noise of the rain on the roof. The other sketchers soon came pouring in.

I wish I could say I knew what these machines were for, but I don't. I do thank Cockatoo Island for rearranging things so it is possible to get right up to each machine, rather than back behind a fence, as previously.

There is so much to sketch there inside the buildings. I can't wait to go back.

We had lunch on the island and caught the ferry back to the city. We got drowned waiting to board the ferry, as we hadn't realised how many intrepid passengers would be coming off the ferry  to visit the island in such rain.   

Lamy Safari pen and Prismacolour pencils in handmade book of toned papers.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cranes and Machinery at Cockatoo Island

My sketches from a wet and wild and cold(for an Australia summer) day at Cockatoo with the USK SYD group. We were going to have a crane crawl today but it was just too wet (at times)...I ended up sitting insde the big sheds and sketching the machinery.

Great day - thanks to all that braved the weather! We had a lot of fun...but all got very wet feet ....