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Abu Dhabi Do!

Me drawing a very willing 4WD driver out in the desert. Photo courtesy of Heidi Yuko Lincoln.

In February I was given the exciting opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to play with TaikOz. A huge honour, considering I’m not one of their more dedicated students. It was a unique advenutre and a bit of an insight into the life of a professional touring musician, and it was to a part of the world I’m not sure I would have visited in my own time.

So I hope you enjoy my sketchbook slideshow of my time in Abu Dhabi. Please click on any image for a larger view.

1 Taikoz Title page LR

1 Taikoz UAE Syd Airport LR

Sydney Airport – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Plane LR

Dinner and a movie – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE AD Airport LR

Arriving at Abu Dhabi airport – – watercolours and artline

There was plenty of time waiting in our portable dressing room, so I’m thankful I brought along my sketchbook. Most of these sketches were done during this period – waiting to do a rehearsal or sound check, waiting to go on, waiting to go to lunch, waiting for the bus to take us back to the hotel. There weren’t any windows looking out onto anything either, so all my inspiration came from within the room.

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals DPS 2 LR

Ten minutes to dress rehearsals – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Uniform LR

Our happy Hanten coats hanging out – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals Kevin 3 LR

Curious onlookers from the dressing room next door – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals 4 LR

Early morning breakfast box – inktense pencils

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals 5 LR

The 12 faces of my breakfast apple – inktense pencils and artline pen

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals DPS 6 LR

Yet another rehearsal call – artline pen

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals 7 LR

Colourful dengaku okedos (roped drums) – inktense pencils and watercolours

1 Taikoz UAE Rehearsals 8 LR

The youngest member of our tour group – inktense pencil

1 Taikoz UAE Tabi LR

My clean white tabi (ankle sock shoes) on the first day and last day of performances – watercolours and artline

We had afternoons and evenings free so we managed to do some sightseeing and shopping whenever we could.

1 Taikoz UAE Central Souk LR

Central Souk Market – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Mosque 1 LR

The Grand Mosque – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Mosque 2 LR

The Grand Mosque – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Mosque 3 LR

The Grand Mosque – watercolours and artline

I found the Mosque to be one of the more visually appealing and challenging sights for me. Because of its clean white exteriors the light reflections, especially as the sun set, was quite interesting. So I stayed to try and capture the sunset, and made a second visit to capture it at night. These were done with watercolour/brush and ink/dip pen.

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We had most of one day to ourselves so we headed off to do a 4WD Safari.

1 Taikoz UAE Safari DPS 1 LR

Camels – watercolours and artline pen

1 Taikoz UAE Safari 2 LR

Rasheed – dip pen and ink

1 Taikoz UAE Safari DPS 3 LR

Bellydancing under the stars – inktense pencils

An international security and defence expo was on at the Exhibition Centre.

Ready and waiting - watercolours and artline

Ready and waiting – watercolours and artline

1 Taikoz UAE Tanks DPS 3 LR

Old and new parked on either side of the motorway – watercolours and artline

Military manoeuvres - watercolours and artline

Military manoeuvres – watercolours and artline

UAE Defence force were obliging and posed for me - artline pen

UAE Defence force were obliging and posed for me – artline pen

The last day before we hit the malls, I did some sketching around Emirates Palace.

1 Taikoz UAE Architecture 1 LR

A typical sight in AD, cranes and construction – inktense pencils

Etihad Towers and a work in progress gold tower - watercolours and artline

Etihad Towers and a work in progress gold tower – watercolours and artline

Emirates Palace at night - watercolours and artline

Emirates Palace at night – watercolours and artline

And back home… sorting out the souvenirs from the shopping.

1 Taikoz UAE Goods LR

Watercolours and artline

13 comments on “Abu Dhabi Do!

  1. fantastic sketches 🙂

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  2. wow! meegan…. these are just mind blowingly wonderful!!!!! Love them all but those ones of the mosque are my favourite!!!! Would love you to post a few onto USK AUS blog when you get a chance (along with your other australian travels)- thanks!

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  3. Gorgeous work! Sounds like a fascinating trip and a wonderful one to capture with your drawing. Mosque, camels, palace, portrait of Rasheed – all so fabulous. Love your Tabi before and after too : )

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  4. a colourful and exciting glimpse into a different country through your sketching pens !
    An amazing place and adventure

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  5. Thank you for sharing! Your watercolors and drawings made for a lovely, vicarious journey! Great job at capturing the essence of your subjects!

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  6. Megan all your work is really awesome!
    Thanks for sharing and keep sketching!

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