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 →

You Am I

I went and saw one of my all-time favourite bands in the whole wide world last night. And it was awesome freakin fun. They're an Aussie band and have been around for a  few decades now, and every time I have seen them they put on the best damn rock n roll show ever. Seeing... Continue Reading →

A double dose of drumming

As several of you know I am a student of Japanese taiko drumming, and over the last month Australia's TaikOz and Japan's very own Kodo have been touring the country together. To explain how exciting a prospect that is, it would be like the Avengers teaming up with the X-Men. I did promise myself not to... Continue Reading →

Ackerman Pump Pen First Review

I'm not sure how many of you have heard of the Ackerman Pump Pen, but in my search for a "compactible" pen to draw with I found these guys. I love dip pens nibs for the flexibility they have when moving them around the page, and the varying line width in a single stroke. But... Continue Reading →

Are you ready to rock?

Creating music opens wide the doors in terms of how hands can be manipulated to play a multitude of instruments - striking, stroking, plucking, strumming, shutting, dampening, stretching... It is a very skill-orientated domain and what you can see in the hands are the technical demands (and years of practice) an instrument needs in order... Continue Reading →

more hand studies

Work has been crazy, so I haven't had a chance to do much drawing. all I have to offer are these three:  This one was quite tricky because I had to completely trust what was in front of me. The forefinger looked as though it was also the finger that curls up under the thumb,... Continue Reading →

Step by step – hand on mouse

This is one of three [maybe more if I feel it is a constructive enough excercise] step by step breakdowns of drawing hands. I had some notes I wrote to accompany this, but I cant find them. So hopefully it will all come back to me. Anyway, I will be doing a series of hands... Continue Reading →

Step by Step: pen in hand

Aah! My new best friend - the pen. Sorry about the wonky dissolves – George Lucas would fire me on the spot! 😛 Some easy tips I'd like to give people on shading: 1. If you have very strong shadows on your object, especially anything spherical/cylindrical, don't shade right to the edge. You can see... Continue Reading →

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