The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 2

The technique used on Day 1, where the base layer was made up of cross-hatching colour, was so effective and interesting I adjusted today’s exercise to involve more of the same. Layering – all colours at once (using Staedtler Karan Aquarelles) This drawing was about applying all the colours at once from light to dark. One... 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 2 Graphite Pencil

I chose a mug because of its cylindrical shape, its always harder than something with a straighter edge. Also, I think I’m not alone when I say the the mouth of any cup, glass or bowl can be really tricky not only in getting the shape and angle right, but where the highlights and shadows begin... Continue Reading →

South of the border

I spent a week in August with my sketching friends down in Melbourne. A few had other objectives that week other than sketching,  but for me that was my main focus. After a very personal ordeal, I needed to get back on track and remember what it is like to sketch out and about again. There was... Continue Reading →

A Day at the Museum

I spent the day at the Australian Museum, firstly to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. A yearly event that I always check out. But it was also an opportune time to do a bit of sketching as well. With only an afternoon left up our sleeves, my friend and I headed to the Search... Continue Reading →

A capital idea

I went to our country's capital, Canberra (NOT Sydney, for all my international followers) for a few days. It was mainly to visit the touring Renaissance Exhibition at the National Gallery but I managed to fit in a few more museums and markets. Anyway, for those who do not know, Canberra was a planned city... Continue Reading →

Pump Pen Second Review

Over the last month or so I have tried to fit in some random sketches to continue my trial of the Ackerman pump pen with fairly interesting results. I may have mentioned in my last review that the pump pen would be really handy when I'm sketching en plein air, instead of having to balance... Continue Reading →

Do the Bus Stop

As I was starting a brand new sketchbook for my Urban Sketches entries I decided on a theme based around Scenes From A Bus Stop. Most will still be around my local area, but as I take public transport quite regularly I will include other locations around Sydney (and possibly further? who knows...) Anyway, I'm... Continue Reading →

International Scratch Crawl

The Sydney group had arranged the International Sketchcrawl venue in Hyde Park, but on cue the rain came bucketing down. (What makes me cringe is that when I got home that afternoon the sun came out, and has been out for the rest of the weekend!!) However, the Australian Museum was a nice alternative, and... Continue Reading →

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