Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sketching in Melbourne




During a family trip to Geelong in December, my sister Suzette, my niece and I squeezed in a day trip to Melbourne. There is an overwhelming number of buildings I'd like to sketch there but many of them would take me 2 hours. So as not to bore my poor companions too much, we settled for a cafĂ© in Hardware Lane in the morning and sketched this view from the outside tables. Lots of great little places to eat along this street.
 
 
On short notice we were also able to meet with fellow Urban Sketchers, Evelyn and Janice for lunch. I enjoy the fact that Urban Sketchers has created community both online and in real life that it is so easy to catch up with these friends and fill a couple of hours with talk of sketching, materials and travel.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Urban Sketchers Sydney at Mortuary Station

Mortuary Station, Regent Street, Sydney, from yesterday’s Urban Sketchers meet. This Gothic inspired style Sandstone structure was built in 1869. It’s original purpose was to receive the dead of the city, as they began their journey by train (along with mourners) out to Rookwood Cemetery. Such a detailed building that I appreciate so much more having sketched it. It as designed by James Barnet who also worked on the Sydney GPO in Martin Place and several other Sydney Buildings.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Coptic bound Sketchbook


Thanks to the guidance, time and patience - and the sharing of tools and materials - from sketcher Wendy Shortland I have recently completed my first Coptic bound Sketchbook. It took two sittings with Wendy and several hours for the full process from tearing the full size Canaletto 200gsm hot press paper and folding into signatures, making the covers and stitching the binding.

I'm very pleased with the outcome and looking forward to trialling it. The green fern cover paper was from Wendy's stash and I was fortunate that my friend Ethna shared with me more botanical themed paper for the end pages.

I'd like to make more - possibly with fabric covers, but for the moment will start getting used to this paper.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Urban Sketchers Sydney at Millers Point

Many historic buildings to sketch at Millers Point for the USK Sydney meet yesterday. My favourite is this one. The Lord Nelson Hotel was first licensed in 1841 when its landlord was William Wells, a former convict. It s believed to be the oldest existing hotel building in Sydney. (from the green historic plaque on the wall)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Urban Sketchers Sydney - Manly Jazz Festival


Urban Sketchers Sydney were entertained by free live jazz under bright sunshine today at Manly's annual Jazz Festival. We wandered from the ferry wharf along The Corso where some of us stopped to sketch in and around the New Brighton Hotel. Its an oddly shaped building due to its location on a very sharp corner of The Corso and Sydney Road.

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to make a Terrarium



The Storytelling course from Sketchbook Skool is underway. Koosje Koene provides instruction as to drawing a recipe. I slightly tweaked it for indoor gardening.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sktchy Crowd

In a bid to further develop sketching people I've been trialling a combination of portraits together from my favourite inspiration App 'Sktchy'.



The first try was a page of women. I'm happy with the result but still spend more time than I had hoped on each person. My aim is to be faster and more responsive to shapes and profiles.



 For the Sktchy men, drawing more people smaller worked better. It helped me to simplify the line work and study variations in angles and features between the people.