Fighting, Festivals and F… other stuff.

A friend invited me to watch his SCA group (Society for Creative Anachronism) spar using and wearing medieval weaponry and armour, respectively. It was really challenging, as it always is when capturing figures constantly moving at fast speed. And unlike other gestural drawing I’ve done – none of their moves were repeated,like dancers going through a routine. So you couldn’t rely on them returning to the same spot or using the same move more than once. It was really interesting and dynamic to watch and learn from. I may need a second visit, now that I know what I’m in for.

The next two drawings were from my local festival. They close off part of the main street and fill it with stalls, stages for performers etc. It’s always a nice day out, and filled with things to draw. If you would like to see these drawings in more detail and the rest of my Urban Sketchers journal, please click here. Plus there are more coloured medieval fighting sketches on my flickr site.

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Scratched up Scott

I am lucky enough to live in a city is hosting a comprehensive exhibition on Scott of the Antarctic at the Australian National Maritime Museum (which I find has some of the most interesting design and art-related exhibitions than most art galleries). It’s travelling globally and its first stop is Sydney. I went in a few weekends ago for what would  be my third and probably last visit before it leaves in another week’s time.

This time I decided to go back to using one of my old faithfuls – the artline felt tip pen. And just to get that weathered, rustic feel, I approached the drawings using a continuous line technique. But instead of being slow and careful, I attempted it with a very frenetic, scribbly style.

And for more of my work from this exhibition visit my flickr site.

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