The Creative Plan – Inktense Pencils

Like always once that Christmas period hits my timetable goes right out the window. I’m not sure why, my summer breaks are usually very low key affairs. However, there were changes with work that I had to prioritise, then catching up with family and friends, not to mention Chinese New Year came quickly after that.... 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 3

Odilon Redon is probably not the most well known of European artists. He was/is grouped with the Symbolists who practiced art around the turn of the century. To put them into art history context they were a reaction against the Impressionists ideals and possibly laid down the blueprint for any succeeding movement that explored more... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 4 Colour Pencils

Before starting this exercise I went online to look for different ways of using colour pencils but the majority of examples were all high rendered realistic drawings which was surprising and a bit disappointing. This meant I had to look elsewhere for inspiration and found it more in mixed media examples where some had employed... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 2 – Liquid Pencils

This medium is an enigma. With all the exercises I’ve undertaken you would assume I’ve developed an understanding about how it works, yet it is a complete mystery. When I think I have it sussed it collapses on me, when I give it no prospect it comes up trumps. It does my head in. I’ve... 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 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 →

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 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 →

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