Sydney rocks!

As per usual around this time of year the Festival of Sydney is on which hosts all types of performing and visual arts, both national and international artists. Then on top of that a lot of Northern hemisphere bands like to tour the country in our summer to make the most of our weather (although we’ve had gail force winds and serious flooding in some parts lately). So in the span of about two weeks I have seen four bands, which also means I’m absouletly broke too.

It started off with the crazy, loveable Hives (see last post) and continued on with the following:

WEEZER

Weezer at the Sydney Entertainment Centre - inktense and pen
Weezer at the Sydney Entertainment Centre – inktense and pen

I missed them the first time they toured, and 15 years later (I think) they returned. It is not my favourite venue in town but beggars cant be choosers. The only best spot in that venue is down the front. Next time I might leave the inktense pencils at home as they didnt give me enough colour, and I will admit I added a bit more when I got home that night because I wasn’t satisfied.

Post gig - Inktense Pecils and pen
Post gig – inktense and pen

It was also the start of a new sketchbook and it is really hard drawing on the left hand page while standing up with nothing to steady yourself or your book on, so I decided to leave the left page and I filled it in later that night.

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Weezer at the Sydney Entertainment Centre – inktense and pen

They played a ballady-type number which meant they stood still for a little longer than normal, so I drew Brian and Rivers who were closest to me.

NORMAN BLAKE & JOE PERNICE

One of my all-time favourite bands is Teenage Fanclub, and Norman Blake is one of the lead singers/guitarist with them. They came out for the Festival of Sydney, so I decided on an impulse to go and see them perform at the Spiegeltent.

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Spiegeltent, Festival of Sydney – inktense pencils and pen

As it was the day after the Weezer concert, for once I was happy to see seats at a music show. I got up close but sat to the side as sitting front on isn’t always the best sketching angle.

Norman Blake & Joe Pernice at the Spiegeltent, Festival of Sydney - watercolours
Norman Blake & Joe Pernice at the Spiegeltent, Festival of Sydney – watercolours

I found the paper in this sketchbook isn’t overly suitable for watercolours (and colour inks) – it tends to absorb them and the saturation is quite murky. So  I did another page with only pen. I love drawing hands, and being so close to the stage I could see their ‘fingering’ quite well. It was wonderful to draw – not sure if I drew them with any justice tho.

Norman Blake & Joe Pernice at the Spiegeltent, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Norman Blake & Joe Pernice at the Spiegeltent, Festival of Sydney – artline pen

OSAKA MONAURAIL

This was one of the most awesomest, fantabulous shows I’ve been to. Osaka Monaurail are a soul funk band inspired by the likes of James Brown, and as the name entails they are from Japan. They take everything that is cool and hot about soul music and play it like they were born in the 60s. Highly recommend seeing these guys live – heaps of fun and heaps of gettin’ down.

Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney - artline pen
Osaka Monaurail at Sydney Town Hall, Festival of Sydney – artline pen

So my feet are buggered. Only have enough time to recuperate before I head off to Abu Dhabi, stay tuned for that story.

Cheers,
Meegan

To check out any of these bands please click on the links.

Weezer  Norman Blake & Joe Pernice (from the same show)  Osaka Monaurail

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Cheers, people.

 

 

It all happened so fast

December flew by and I had a small collection of drawings I did over that time, plus some from the last few days.  Collectively they’re all a little random but it ends another sketchbook at last. Only took me a whole year and eight days.

My dad’s long drawn out stay at RPA to have a kidney procedure.

My dad's long drawn out stay at RPA to have a kidney procedure. (Watercolours and micron pen)
Watercolours and micron pen
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Micron pen

Finally catching up with my friend and her 5 month old baby at Princess Coco Chocalatiere.

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Watercolours and micron pen
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Micron pen
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Micron pen

Out at my local park with my mum. The rocket ship is the only thing that remains from my childhood.

watercolours
watercolours

The Festival of Sydney opening event – a big rubber ducky all the way from Holland.

Watercolours and micron pen
Watercolours and micron pen
Watercolours and micron pen
Watercolours and micron pen
Watercolours and micron pen
Watercolours and micron pen

And finally, one of the best bands I’ve seen in a long time… The Hives at the Metro. Their facial expressions are a sketcher’s paradise.

(Please try really hard to “see” this picture – bar man serving drinks seconds before the band comes on.)

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Watercolours
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Micron pen
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Micron pen

 

 

 

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