The Creative Plan – Day 2 Colour Pencils

I’ve never formally studied fine art or art history but ever since I was introduced to the works of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec by my high school art teachers I’ve passionately tried to absorb as much as I can.  When I handpick artists to reference for these exercise it's coming from accumulated knowledge and familiarity with... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 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 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 →

The Creative Plan – Day 5 Graphite Pencil

The focus was on lettering today. With my background in design I appreciate typography and type design. Although I don’t believe I have any interest in designing type as a future career, it is however, one of those artistic disciplines that I do admire, but only when executed correctly. Despite the expansive availability of free fonts... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 4 Graphite Pencil

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... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 3 Graphite Pencil

I’ve never really been into pattern/shape making. It’s something I would only subconsciously do when I’m in a meeting or on hold wth customer service purely to stop me from falling asleep. Don't get me wrong, patterns are cool. I love patterned fabric and am envoius of designers who can balance multiple shapes as well... Continue Reading →

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