The Creative Plan – Expressive drawing

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After spending so much time doing controlled exercises it was time to get messy. Expressive drawing still benefits from some control or discipline, but to me it’s drawing with feeling and energy, using your whole arm to draw and not worrying about mistakes. Even if it’s not your thing practicing this kind of drawing is great for dusting off cobwebs or warming up before your main project.

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Results

Technical pencil – 2B lead

I was hoping to be very controlled with this but whenever I sketch freehand it becomes very loose and proportionately inaccurate. Why did I want to control it? Possibly as it was a tech pencil and would have been hard to get line variation and the lead would have kept breaking if I drew too quickly.

Exercise_1_pinecone_1Exercise_1_pinecone_image_1It looks like it’s spewing forth pine cone scales, which I don’t mind, however it’s not how I planned to approach this initially. The process was equivalent to speaking out loud before thinking about what you’re going to say.

2B pencil

Exercise_1_pinecone_2Exercise_1_pinecone_image_2I quite like this one, though not entirely reminiscent of a pine cone. It was hard to get various levels of tone with a 2B. I’m pleased with myself for keeping the top left section clean and ‘under worked’ to give the whole picture light direction.

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Exercise_1_pinecone_3Exercise_1_pinecone_image_3This grade allowed me to give the pine cone more volume. I had to keep sharpening my pencil because if I had let it dull down the linework would have created an overall flatness to the shape – having that slight contrast with the finer linework and the denser lines gives the subject more depth.

POI – Point of Interest

Something I will elaborate on another time. In a nutshell, the artwork I’m always attracted to will have one or more areas that I keep going back to and get lost in. They may not necessarily be the busiest areas or the most colourful, but they keep luring my eye back wanting to explore it more and find out why it engages me so much.

Exercise_1_pinecone_4Exercise_1_pinecone_image_4I try to keep that in mind (when I remember) and as this was a line exercise, my linework had to generate that interest or energy. It’s always about balances for me as that creates contrast. Here it’s not only line widths or tonal balance but quiet areas versus busier ones; longer, fluid lines against short jabs and dots (not continuous line obviously); controlled pencil work versus expressive.

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I chose portraits with lots of feeling and emotion as they are perfect for expressive drawing. I went online and found some amazing photos, which are more like artworks, to help me with this exercise. I used both 2B and 4B pencils.

Results

Anger by Mahesh Balasubramanian
Photo reproduced courtesy of  Mahesh Balasubramanian www.maheshb.com/portraitsmono

The first exercise was me being me, not really planning too much ahead, using my instincts and dive bombing into it. Though I decided to stop when I realised my face, compare to Mahesh’s incredible photograph, was verging more on being sinister than just angry. I couldn’t see how I could change it. The more I tried to fix it, particularly around the eyes, the muddier it became. I wasn’t too pleased with the outcome, but I guess that’s one of the pitfalls of gestural drawing –its impressionistic and spontaneous making it very hard to reverse.

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First stages

 

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Last stage, before I abandoned it

I do like the freeness of it but it needs to be balanced with more controlled areas like the mouth, nose and eyes. It’s really hard to switch from high gear to cruise control.

 

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The original photo reference by Jonathon Rosser can be viewed on flickr

The next drawing I approached with more thought and the results are much better. The nose and possibly forehead could have been a bit better but I’m really happy with the variety of linework and texture, which took a lot of restraint not to overwork it.

 

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Results

Light

A much better result. I started off by using the continuous line method for my structural lines then towards the end added speckly and short lines for contrast.

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The original photo reference by Jonathon Rosser can be viewed on flickr

Another factor that does count, as I’ve had this happen before, is that if you are spending the whole day drawing it can take a while to warm up, so by this stage I was feeling more confident, therefore more instinctive too.

 

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The other thing I did this time was before I began I spent a few minutes studying the subject – seeing where all the highlights were, the mood of the image, what areas were of interest to me. I saw it as a whole before I drew the first line so I could then see my drawing in its entirety as I was working on it.

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This one was challenging because the top of his head was cropped off. It was difficult knowing where or how to end my drawing. As an overall observation I need to work more on my eyes and noses, despite today’s exercises not really focusing on drawing portraiture per se.

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Early stages

I do like his beard and mouth. As the subject had darker skin I found myself wanting to shade in the more subtle areas where again I was falling into my habit of focussing on sections rather than seeing it as a whole. Which was also counter-productive with regard to the areas I kept working on, as they were losing a lot of tonal value and volume. I was also really conscious of not slowing down and becoming too controlled.

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Final stage. The original photo reference by Jonathon Rosser can be viewed on flickr

I managed to pull back but the cropped head kept throwing me off and I was subconsciously trying to compensate for it. Apart from the anatomical ‘bumps’ I’m quite happy with this exercise.

 

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I bypassed this exercise as I felt I had covered it with the last one.

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Results

I attempted this before but it failed. The idea was a smudgy, textural feel where all the light areas are erased out. My original test was admittedly half concocted but the paper I was using had a rough tooth which I don’t feel allowed the eraser to slide and smudge the pencil work enough. This time round I used a smoother paper and built up more pencil layers for the base.

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The original photo reference by Jonathon Rosser can be viewed on flickr

 

This exercise turned out better than I expected. I used a mix of 3B and 4B. The animated gif shows how I layered the base tones in a very broad hatching style, this was to build up the darker areas as well as the surface planes.

Exercise_4_eraser_stages_1Once it started to take shape I introduced the use of the eraser as a pencil to create the lighter tones and highlights. I also started to use the graphite pencils to draw in the detail and more controlled shading.

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Detail

I enjoyed it so much I did another one. It wasn’t just the final result I was happy with but I enjoyed the process of creating it and seeing it develop. Exercise_4_eraser_2

Mikus Lasmanis by Errikos Andreou
Photo of  Mikus Lasmanis reproduced courtesy of Errikos Andreou. www.errikosandreou.com
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Early stage
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Detail

This is a technique I definitely will practice more, and it will be interesting to see if it translates well across various subject matter or if its only suited to energetic or gritty/textured themes. One of the keys was also using two different graded pencils – one as a base, the other for detail and volume.

 

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Tools used today – graphite pencils and cut off pieces off an eraser

Your_thoughts_post_itA lot of people comment on how loose and expressive my style is and that it’s very confident too. This is largely due to having spent my childhood drawing with pens rather than pencils – I couldn’t rub out my mistakes so had to train myself to be more sure with every line I drew. Then in highschool I was introduced to life drawing where I spent several years practicing quick gestural drawing, the completely opposite approach!

I never thought these techniques would have such a long lasting effect not only on my work but the way I approach new ideas. Do you have a similar beginning where what you learnt earlier in your life carries through to what you do now?

 

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Bon voyage

I made a significant lifestyle change last month where I ended full-time employment and went part-time. Although it was only a two-three year stint (a temporary situation after a stretch of freelancing), minimising my working days to just three days a week will be a new circumstance for me.

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Illustration opportunities as a graphic designer

My whole working life has been as a graphic designer. I have had some amazing experiences and opportunities but I’ve also worked some incredibly long and hard hours in very stressful conditions. I may not have done everything a graphic designer is capable of achieving, but I came close to it. There’s nothing more it can provide me in terms of challenges and motivation. Occasionally I was given the chance to create illustrations however, they were always designed to suit the client’s brief rather than my own taste.

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The beginning of my exploration

So in my spare time I would paint and draw what I liked. It was an escape from the daily deadline-driven drudgery. Breaking away from the computer was uplifting and freeing physically and mentally. I guess it was the beginning of my personal art renaissance.

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Artwork commissioned and created as gifts for my taiko community

All Aboard

I was given opportunities to travel as an artist-in-residence and I also joined some local sketch groups. Being around other artists, professional and amateur alike, I learnt so much and more importantly I was now drawing regularly. My range in subject matter and art mediums expanded as well, but I knew there was more to discover.

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My first experience drawing landscapes and on location, in Antarctica

That’s why I have decided to make illustration a priority in my life. I want it to be my new career. The only problem is I don’t know what I want to do. I like all sorts of mediums. I like drawing from life and from my imagination, and I like detailed work as well as being expressive. There is nothing that screams out as “my thing”. I’m not even sure if I want to do commercial or published illustration, or create my own products. And is online the way to go? Or through retailers or a market stall? This is what I need to find out first.

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Finding any opportunities to practice sketching on location

Also, I feel it’s the right time as we now live and breathe in an online world where everything from getting small quantity print runs to promoting your artwork and profile use to be an expensive step or an exclusive one not open to amateurs or unestablished artists, and it didn’t necessarily guarantee you success either. The internet not only provides more accessible services and a global audience but there are choices within that as well.

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Worldwide participation art projects initiated online

I also feel this worldwide community celebrates individuality too. It encourages anyone, despite their skill level, to follow their heart and pursue what they love. As long as it is, from the heart.

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Submissions for online retail websites competitions

Full speed ahead

I’m calling it ‘The Creative Plan’ and every Monday will be dedicated to this grand plan. The underlying motive is to explore and find out what I like through exercises. At this stage I cannot think about what would work commercially as it will influence my endeavours in a negative way. With my design background it’s too easy to manipulate your work to make it “marketable” or as the term goes “on trend”. I have to be true to myself and develop my own instincts.

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I’m using a structured plan rather than freewheeling my way in an unhinged, emotionally driven “go with what you feel” approach because, well, that’s not me. I am a little anal in planning things, I am a coverer of any possible scenarios type of person, and if I like or dislike something I want it to be based on more than first impressions. So having a structured plan wont let me overlook anything that might be worth trying because of my limited experience.

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In a methodical manner I will carry out exercises specific to a given medium. I’ll include tasks that require tight, detailed rendering to expressive gestures, and cover subjects like portraiture, still life, on location, fantastical, fashion illustration, mixed media and calligraphy, to name a few.

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The exercises will be simple as I don’t want any to continue on to the next day. It’s not about completing a nice portfolio of artwork but what I can learn from the experience. This also means I will be making notes and reflecting on each outcome, which I hope to share with everyone.

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On the horizon

deskSadly, I can only dedicate one day a week to this (the other days will be spent completing long-standing projects I started a decade ago). It will be hard living off and managing a smaller income, but I think the financial sacrifice will be worth it. It’s where my head and heart is. Plus, I’ve never studied fine art so this will be as close as I get to that. It’s all getting exciting as I have been concocting this for sometime and now it’s finally happening. I’m feeling a bit girlishly giddy about it.

Your_thoughts_post_itIt would be great to hear from anyone who has done something similar or plans to. Any thoughts or words of advice would be helpful. Did it change your art or your approach to art? How did you manage it with everything else in your life.

 

Thanks for your time!
Meegan

All that’s left of Macdonaldtown

Macdonaldtown is an inner west location, that has ceased to exist as a suburb, the only thing that remains of its name is that of the train station. The train station has an overhead bridge with a bit of graffiti on it. As its not a major stop and somewhat neglected it does have that nice grungy, industrial, swept aside feel to it. Which isn’t great for the locals, but for us sketchers its full of textures and contrasts.

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3B pencil, Tombo pen, Micro Pigma pen

I have been trying to mix up my drawing media, partly to make my head work a little harder – i’ve always been a less is more kind of person, so working with more than two mediums can be confusing if I don’t known what i want to do with them. Also I have accumulated lots of art equipment and its the only time I have presently to use them, so that was an incentive to do something different as well.

I was still playing it safe by keeping it monotone. It’s a mix of a 2B graphite pencil, an intense black pencil, then going over it was a Tomo black brush pen then putting in line details with a fine point pen. To create the grittiness I used the side of my pencil to block in shaded areas because it has a nice subtle texture. I also did the same with the felt pens, however not as successful as they were fresh pens and didn’t always leave a dry brush feel. That is something I want to explore more of – dry brush technique. It was something I learnt when I did a fashion illustration course last year, which I do need to blog one day.

 

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Children’s wax crayons

I also found this box of kids crayons my mum “seconded” when she used to work at my old primary school back in the 70s. They’re really crappy, they’re full of bits that scratch your paper, but I thought I’d give them a go. I had no idea what I was doing or what I want to achieve I just left it all to pure instinct, trying to channel my inner Monet. I think if I found a more suited subject matter they have a lot of potential.

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4B graphite pencil

When I walked closer to the bridge there was all this wonderful shadow and light play that was creating an inward spiral in conjuction with the vertical poles.

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While waiting for everyone to gather for the group review and photo, I quickly sketched this amazing warehouse. Surrounded by all these lovely well kept, rennovated Victorian houses there is this patchy, weathered and boxy warehouse.
I’m not sure if it will ever come back to life again, but fingers crossed.

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Wilson st, Newtown. Snapshot courtesy of Googlemaps.

 

St Stephens cemetery

I made it out with the Urban Sketchers crew to one of my favourite places to draw – St Stephen’s Cemetery in Newtown/Camperdown. Its an old Anglican churchyard that has been overgrown with trees and greenery. The gravestones have lost their footing and show wear and tear of over more than a century and a half, these days locals come to walk their dogs or sit and read a book in a patch of sun.

I picked the one spot that seemed like it was meant to be drawn. I didn’t know what I had in mind, usually I do tho it never turns out the way I see it, so I started a watercolour background. While I waited for the paint to dry I started another one with my parallel pen. I went back to the watercolour, not really sure what my next step was, but ended up doing a an artline cross hatch followed by some watercolours on top.

And these are the results.

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But I was most happy with the last one. Everyone headed off for lunch but I stayed and drew this beautiful Moreton Bay Fig. Its a tree native to the east coast of Australia and is like something out of a fantasy novel. This one in particular seems to be bigger than most. Some of the roots looked like they were at least a metre high.

I used my scribble technique, which is constantly scribbling shape and tone. Its so freeing.

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Cheers,
Meegan

National Tree Day

Just a quickie – I tore myself away from renovations to attend a Sydney Sketch Club meet up. It was National Tree Day last weekend so our location was the Domain in the heart of Sydney. It has these wonderful Moreton Bay fig trees which are as old as the hills, and show their legacy in their physical nature. And most definitely wonderful to draw!

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Disposable ink brush pen and water brush pen

And as I got the long train home I decided to draw other commuters. It took my mind off my bladder! Ha, ha.

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Artline Pen

Happy Tree Day,

Meegan

Coogee Beach

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Pencil and Intense colour pencils

I made a promised myself to join my sketch club or urban sketchers group at least once a month. Life just gets busier and busier and I’m afraid my outings with them are becoming less and less. I’ve mentioned before how important they are to me as I use them get out of my comfort zone and experiment with techniques or materials I might not otherwise make time for, or I use them to practice the rudimentary skills of drawing.

Still inspired by my trip to Canberra and seeing the black & white works of Daumier and Degas I kept to my 3B pencil for most of this excursion.

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It was around 9am and already the sun was quite intense. As beaches are almost devoid of shade I scrambled to the slither of coolness on the far side of the beach where I was fortunate in that there were some wonderful rock formations to sketch.

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With no hurry to leave this baby-sized oasis I decided to allow myself some moments to study it. When I set myself up for these types of sketches I take a few minutes to study what I’m about to draw. I look at it and ask myself what is it that really attract me to this scene that I want to draw it? Even though its cool by anybody’s standards, I’ve singled this out amongst other possibilities to sketch, so what makes it more enticing as a drawing exercise? Is it the shapes, the textures, the heaviness of the rocks, the shadows..? Whatever it is I use that as my objective for my drawing. This will “drive” my sketch and in particular my thoughts as it starts to take shape. It’s even useful when you get a bit lost in all the detail of your subject matter as it helps you re-focus, and I believe you get a more unified drawing as well.

In this case I liked the weather eroded shapes with their rounded edges and the way the shadows heightened their mass. Hopefully this animated gif file below works so you can see the step by step stages.

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And here is the finished result.

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coogee beach 3 LRI have two photos of the lead up for this.coogee col LU 1 LRcoogee col LU 2 LRThen when it was time to meet up with the others fortunately my slither of shade had turned into a whisker, so I had no other choice but to take on the sun. By that stage the number of beach goers had increased considerably so I did a few gestural drawings while I was waiting. Although they were lying around sunbathing they still do move a lot. Because I was up high it was also a great exercise in foreshortening.

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Arline felt pen and water brush pen
Arline felt pen and water brush pen
Arline felt pen and water brush pen
Arline felt pen and water brush pen
Arline felt pen and water brush pen

Well I hope you enjoyed my trip to the beach. Now to deal with the sunburn…

Cheers,
Meegan

 

My rant for the year

I didn’t create this blog to talk about daily life and such but today I feel I need to share this. Not only because it has totally p#$^d me off and continues to do so but there may be others out there who, like me, were searching in vain for answers but kept hitting brick walls.

Nothing gets my hackles up more than IT issues. I cant stand it when people drool over the latest software, os systems, whatever, whatever, WHATEVER! Whatever they are meant to do, you know, say make your life easier? create a more streamlined working space? be more efficient? THEY’RE NOT! THEY NEVER ARE! and… THEY NEVER WILL!!

Not only did I inadvertently have to download the latest MAC OS X system (Yosemite) to open up a new app, just to open up a file someone sent me. But the upgrade was so freakin’ slow and cumbersome, It was hellish! Not only did the upgrade adventure did not work and I couldn’t open the file in the end, but now I’m stuck with an OS operating system that is excruciatingly haphazard in its efficiency.

And what f**^ks me off is that all online articles acknowledge their are glitches with this upgrade. Why? If it is new and improved, why are there issues? There should never be issues with an upgrade – the whole point of them is that they are better! It makes me wonder how intensely they trial these things when the simplest commands cause the most infuriating problems.

For instance, I couldn’t open my Indesign software that I could before I upgraded. I kept getting these messages, based on which version of indesign I was attempting to open.rant2 rant1

So I look online trying to find this Java 6 download (why doesn’t Adobe supply it on cloud control if it is essential to opening their software?) and i can only find version 8, so like a fool i download. Takes about 20mins, install another 10, restart and woohoo it doesn’t work.

I look again online, apparently 8 doesn’t work with macs and i need 6. Every link or forum I tried had way too many options to try without feeling like this is exactly what I need or the link ended with a “doesn’t exist anymore” window. About half an hour later I find one, and download, another 10-15 mins, install another 10mins, restart and… “Application not responding”

With better things to do and feeling quite mentally exhausted – because might i add, everytime I want to search or click on a link my mac takes 32 seconds to action it. Two hours later I thought, I might just try this…

I opened up my Applications folder, clicked on the Indesign app icon and hit Command I (for “Get Info”).
rant3And I looked at the little padlock shown in the bottom right hand corner. Just out of sheer lack of IT knowledge I clicked it to unlock.

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And lo and behold – it worked!! That took me a whole of half a second.

I mean ok, I don’t know if it that was the entire problem in the end, but not one of these support forums and websites suggested this. It was all download this, type in this, read this 70 page doc for this or “your files are corrupt and you need to reinstall your software.”

So if anyone out there has done an online search for “i’m really sick of these f%^*king upgrades and instalments that never freakin work” or “indesign, mac, yosemite, unable to launch indesign as you do not have sufficient permission to access the preference folders” try this, it might help.

Happy New Year everyone, let’s hope it gets better than this!
Meegan

Chinese New Year, Part II

A week after the first lot of drawings, the lion dancing performances intensified but I still fitted in some sketches in between all the rushing around. If you would like a larger view of the sketch, just click on the image

This is a shop entrance that sells Chinese ornaments and decorative hangings. If you think the doorway is jam packed you should see the inside.

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Usually around 3pm we get to have something to eat, usually…

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This is a pole jumping performance, where the lion jumps, runs, swings, bounds, cavorts ;P across a series of 4-10ft poles with very little cushioning below. As you can see in the tree it was a bit windy that day, not great conditions for jumping.

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While waiting for our next orders,  I sat on the footpath opposite Market City (a shopping centre) and started to sketch the old features of the building. I didnt get far as I bumped into an old family friend I hadn’t seen in a while.
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Our next performance I tried to capture the firecrackers going off behind the lion, but it just looks like a christmas tree. Ha, ha!cny2014_14LRThe school also does dragon dances, which I dont have the muscle for (you have to hold it up with a pole, run and move it from side to side). This was drawn at our gym where everything was stored for the new year.
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Again waiting for the lion dance to start. This was out at Flemington in front of the local bbq shop. A queue started to form which wasn’t there when I first started.cny2014_10LR

Back in Chinatown for another peformance. The Sydney mayor and other politicians were doing the rounds with us, but I think the crowds were more excited by seeing about five lions together. It looks like a paparazzi moment.cny2014_11LR

Getting one of the vehicles ready to head out for a performance.There is an art (or science) to packing a vehicle full of lion dance equipment.

cny2014_12LR One of the last venues on my schedule was the Randwick racecourse for a corporate function. Unfortunately we couldn’t wait around outside where the horses were, but hidden away from the approaching guests until we had to perform. I would have much rather drawn them than a boring race track.cny2014_13LR

Cheers,
Meegan

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

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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.

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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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