Urban Sketches

The weather has been very wet in Sydney of late. When we should be sweating in the shade we are still wearing boots and tucking a cardigan in our bag. So I only managed two Urban Sketches of my neighbourhood, but I’m hoping with the Christmas break coming up to fit in some more. The biggest lesson I learnt this time round is to always go out with a fresh pen. As I use artline felt pens they vary depending on its “age”, but it has such an impact on how I draw. The cafe scene was with a dry pen with its nib squished in, so I was virtually scratching into the page. All my linework is very short and abrasive in its exectution. Whereas the street scene has longer cleaner lines, more fluidity. And it was a good deal more enoyable to work with as well. If you would like to see these in more detail, and more of my Urban Sketchers, please click here. Or you could visit Urban Sketches Australia, where I have these and colour on location drawings as well. Plus cool work from other talented Aussies.

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I’ve been crazy busy lately, and cannot fit in as much drawing as I’d like. One small project I usually work on around this time of year is my TaikOz Student Concert tshirt and programme design. I like to give it some thought and time, but only had an afternoon to come up with something. Luckily with Asian-influenced art its very clean and simple. Although I received a lot of positive comments on the design, I realised that I’m not really taken to this style of painting. I dont think it suits my personality.

What Asian-style painting lacks is the opportunity to get down and dirty, and spend a lot of time working and developing a drawing. It requires you to spend more time thinking about your image before you execute – to capture the whole essence of a subject with minimal strokes. It is after perfection and completeness in simplicity. And that’s not me. I love delving and getting lost in masses of linework, much of which is created spontaneously or instinctively. And although you might have a visual idea of what your picture may look like, there is that exciting surprise (usually)  of what you may end up with.

So it worked well for what I needed it to for, but I dont think its something I will want to explore for my personal development.

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