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 →

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The Creative Plan – Graphite Pencil: On Location

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 – Graphite Pencil: Typography

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 – Graphite Pencil: Expressive drawing

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 – Graphite Pencil: Patterns

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 →

The Creative Plan – Graphite Pencil: Cross-hatching

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 →

Mersey Paradise

One of my all-time favourite bands from the UK came to Sydney in December. The Stone Roses were only ever an alternative (i.e. not mainstream/Top 40) band in Australia. Although they have fans here, their impact was not to the extent of say Oasis or the Cure. In the UK however, they were on the... Continue Reading →

It’s Easy As…

I've created a couple of new pages showcasing all the materials I use as well as my own personal tips on how to handle them or how I use them. I dont have any professional background when I offer this advice, it's garnered from regular use and a lot of jumping in the deep end... Continue Reading →

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