The Creative Plan – Day 4 Colour Pencils

The design layout of this exercise also required some pre-planning. Again, I went back to the internet for real references of cupcakes and teapots. I then arranged them on a page to make sure they all fit with equal spacing around them. If I hadn’t of done this, I would have drawn the first couple... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 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 →

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 →

The Creative Plan – Day 2 Graphite Pencil

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 →

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