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20141118 - people watching
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and books lately about urban sketching and slowly easing myself into drawing in public. I had fun with food and architecture last week…but I’ve been putting off drawing people I see on the street… they MOVE!!! And more often than not they’re long gone before I get the picture anywhere near done! AchievingΒ any resemblance of correct proportion is nigh on impossible for me at the moment too… so it’s practise, practise, practise…and I hope to see improvement over time. I also hope to get far less self conscious about examining people too πŸ™‚ Looks a bit suspicious really.



What can I say…. I love pens!! This one is a dream to write and draw with πŸ™‚


By the end of the evening my bed is covered in all manner of crap. The only things that aren’t on my bed that should be are my pillows πŸ™‚


I am loving these EDM (every day matters) challenges, even if I’m only getting to them very very irregularly πŸ™‚ I am filling my sketchbook with all kinds of wonderful bits and pieces that I probably wouldn’t have thought of drawing before.

My faithful purse has served me well for a long time. It has been everywhere with me!


Figuring out how my paints behave on the Moleskine watercolour paper is fun!!
53-2011 // choosing my palette

learning how to do maps and freehand lettering…
53-2011 // practicing maps and lettering

Crap photo…but practising buildings…
54-2011 // chateau practice

Sketches during worship this morning…
56-2011 // church today

57-2011 // foreign territory

Loving that I am making time to draw so much. πŸ™‚

44-2011 // war memorial

One of my architectural practice pieces for the trip…

I’m too excited to keep this a secret any longer!

I have been inspired by the beautiful Blurb books created by Liz Steel showcasing her urban sketches and adventures with Borrmini, that I am thinking that I will create a Blurb book of my own from my adventures in France later this year. I am more than a little excited πŸ™‚

What is a Blurb book? It’s a book that is available for order and printed on demand just for you and then posted directly to you. Nifty system huh?

My French holiday sketchbook will contain all of the sketches I manage to capture while I’m travelling, and be combined with the odd photo here and there as well as excerpts from my written journals. I am so wound up about it that the anticipation is just about killing me πŸ™‚ I may even include some of the lead up and preparation sketches and back story …. we’ll see.

Anyway…I’m telling you all now so that I can’t chicken out later πŸ™‚ I would love to have it out in time for Christmas, but having a realistic look at my work schedule and art commissions on the list…it will probably be early next year.


I am thinking I’ll take a watercolour Moley to France later in the year as my travel journal, so I decided to do some experimenting today…here are the somewhat less than stellar results! Adapting to the new page shape is an undexpected challenge too!

38-2011 // testing a layout

39-2011 // Crumpler

40-2011 // another layout

I love spending lazy Sunday evenings with friends πŸ™‚ What better way to celebrate than with a drawing πŸ™‚

The colour behind the food was supposed to be “redder” I don’t like the way the sketchpaper in the Molekskines takes colour. Will almost definitely be taking a watercolour Moley to France later in the year.

37-2011 // Dinner at Chungs