Review of Project 3 – Colour Pencils

When I started this project, colour pencils wasn’t something I was looking forward to. Matter of fact I was apprehensive – past experiences were that they’re a very labour intensive medium requiring a lot of patience and time. Even when I did a search online for colour pencil art I was suprised that practically all... 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 →

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 →

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