The Creative Plan – Day 1 Colour Pencils

I don’t recall ever buying a colour pencil set, they were always birthday or Christmas presents, so I’ve had my collection since I was ten! I never liked colouring-in as a child – too many memories struggling to get colour to adhere to crappy colouring-in books printed on newspaper print. Testing Before I set off... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 2 – Liquid Pencils

This medium is an enigma. With all the exercises I’ve undertaken you would assume I’ve developed an understanding about how it works, yet it is a complete mystery. When I think I have it sussed it collapses on me, when I give it no prospect it comes up trumps. It does my head in. I’ve... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 5 Liquid Pencils

Macquarie Place Park It was a morning out in the city with Urban Sketchers Sydney then I continued on into the afternoon with a few sketching friends. I wanted to use the liquid pencils at least once today so pulled out the Permanent paints and a short-haired brush. The colours and the soft grainy tints... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 4 Liquid Pencils

By this stage I was feeling a bit defeated with this medium but I was determined to persevere. However, I was less focussed on doing something in my own style but instead wanted to unlock what Liquid Pencils are all about. I picked a subject that I felt would lend itself to the character of... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 3 Liquid Pencils

With Rewettable Paints “Fire & Ice” After transferring the lettering I created earlier to watercolour paper, I wetted the surface to allow the paints to spread and blend. I’m not sure if it was a good quality paper as it showed a bit of “bubbling” with the amount of water I applied. If I was... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 2 Liquid Pencils

Now that all the samples are done it was time to create art with them. However, I still have no idea what to expect from this medium (see Day 1’s warning). Applying it Straight For this exercise I used Permanent Yellow and Blue with a long-haird brush. Results W/D - It leaves behind very vibrant,... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 1 Liquid Pencils

This is a brand mew medium for me. I have seen artwork created with liquid pencil, mostly as finished pieces, but I’ve no first hand experience with it. I went to the local art store hoping to buy a jar but they only had a set of twelve tubes. In fact, I was lucky to... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 1 – Graphite Pencils

This was the last day dedicated to graphite pencil exercises and at the end of it all I was surprised I found something that really engaged me and took my work to a new level. There were a few other little highlights that I liked: the seasonal wolf illustrations which plays to my "strengths" or... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 6 Graphite Pencil

Today was about drawing out on location. As I had to go there for personal reasons anyway, my sketch location was the Sze Yup Temple in Glebe, Sydney. Unless you know about it most would not be aware of its existence (except at Chinese New year when it goes off around midnight!)*. It’s been at... Continue Reading →

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