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

Camera Roll-385

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.  



  1. Bonjour,

    Je vous remercie de partager avec nous vos adorables dessins. J' A D OR E !
    Je suis certaine que vous avez passé d'agréables moments avec vos amis.

    Gros bisous ❊

    1. Thanks martinealison!

      We had an amazing time catching up with friends.

  2. I'm feeling so inspired by your drawings sometimes. It really reminds me how important it is to just slow down and take a picture of the small things around us.