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 →

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 →

Tricky insects

One afternoon I felt like doing some drawing. I do a bit on a regular basis but they are always project-based and at different stages requiring thought and patience. So after some "serious" art I wanted to splash out and have some expressive fun. A few months ago I came across a link to the... Continue Reading →

Toko and Band of Skulls

A rare night out these days, a friend and I headed out to see UK act Band of Skulls. Beforehand we went to dinner at Toko in Surry Hills. Only at the last minute I decided to take a sketchbook and pens. I have drawn quite a few bands lately and felt not much more could be... 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 →

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... Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year

I'm a member of a kung fu school in Sydney (although to be more accurate, a lapsed student for a few years now) but when I can I help out at Chinese New Year with lion dancing duties. For those unaware of what lion dancing is please check out this link to my school, Jin... Continue Reading →

Cockatoo Island revisited

Big outing out with the Sydney Sketch Club on Saturday and the venue was Cockatoo Island which has become a bit of a happy hunting ground for me in terms of successful art exploration (see my first visit here). I think it's primarily due to it being this huge industrial site where you can use... Continue Reading →

Newcastle USK

The first Urban Sketchers Australia outing for the year was a day trip to Newcastle. Over two hours by train from Sydney - the three things I always associate with this city are - surfing beaches, mining and the rugby league team, Newcastle Knights. I had never been there before (I know, shameful) so I... Continue Reading →

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