The Creative Plan – Inktense Pencils Day 1

This is a product I’m already familiar with and love them to bits. As the name implies they are intense in colour as well as coverage. The first set I bought was over seven years ago and I remember the reviews weren’t particularly great. There seemed to be a defensive reaction to the colours they... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Review

As far as brand comparisons go there definitely seems to be a difference in quality with the higher priced ones as opposed to the student brand. But it also depends on how you plan to use them.  All the different brands I had were good and easy to use but if you wanted more watercolour-like... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 5

I headed out to the Sydney Botanic Gardens for the last day of my watercolour pencil project. The plan was to spend some time drawing tree trunks, particularly Moreton Bay fig trees. For those who are unfamiliar with them these trees have wonderful undulating folds that make up the entirety of their trunk, like heavy... Continue Reading →

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. My whole working life has been... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year 2016

I’m part of Jin Wu Koon Liondancing and Chinese New Year is a massive month long celebration in Sydney where the whole city joins in. It also means there a constant and intense schedule of lion dance performances for us that can range from morning till midnight and take us to all regions of Sydney... Continue Reading →

Animals! Animals! Animals!

Back in January I went down to Melbourne for a short break to catch up with some friends, and in particular sketching friends. I chose  Melbourne Zoo as a location for a day out having not been there since I was probably 16. Its very different from what I remember, a lot more trees and... Continue Reading →

Quick sketches

I've had so much on this year that getting out to sketch on location is a luxury. I've allowed  myself once a month to go out with one of my local sketch groups. On the weekend we went to the Sydney Fish Markets. The weather has been really unpredictable lately so packed mediums that I... Continue Reading →

Blue Lining

I headed out with a friend to sketch at the Coal Loader and Balls Head Point on the north side of Sydney. Usually when its a planned day of sketching I decide the night before what mediums to take. Sometimes it's everything - inks, watercolours, inktense pencils, graphites etc. but I end up not using them all. This time I couldn't... Continue Reading →

Going mad in March

How did we get so far into the year already? I've had so much on this year with home rennovations and a new job that I never find any down time to post to this blog. However, I feel a bit of a routine returning to my life ...even though I should be in bed by now (not use... Continue Reading →

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