I was dying to get some sketching in this week. I’ve been working on a graphite portrait and have been enjoying the tight detail and concentration it requires…but I got to the point where I really just wanted to scribble down something loose and fun. So I drew my lunch. The cafe staff always look at me a little strangely when they see my pull my lunch apart like this, but when they saw me start to draw it too…that was the last straw Giggles all round!
Archives For ink
It has been a long while since I’ve had the opportunity to draw a car. Which is a bit sad, because I like cars One of my work colleagues has a GORGEOUS show car that I thought I’d have a go at rendering in ink and watercolour as a bit of an experiment. Here are a few “work in progress” shots and then the final. I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. Working in watercolour became more and more nerve-wracking the further into the project I got…I was very nervous about messing it up and having to start all over again!!
Almost ten years ago an horrendous firestorm decimated several suburbs in my city. At the time I was in a suburb that was getting ember showers and I was home alone trying to stave off an asthma attack and keep our house from catching alight. The boys were very little, so I’d taken them to a friend’s place, but the dog we had at the time kept me company as I watered the house with a garden hose. I have never before seen it pitch black in the middle of the afternoon, nor do I wish to again. I have the greatest admiration for those that lost everything and yet have returned to rebuild and thrive again.
This one was drawn in 5-10 minute blocks between shuttle runs for the downhillers in my family. I used my Noodler’s Bulletproof Polar Brown ink for the first time, and was not happy to discover that it is in fact water soluble…not happy.
I had thought that I might sit and do some sketching at the fete while I waited for my son to do his performance, but I chickened out. I took a bunch of photos and filled up a spread while I relaxed this afternoon. I need to work a little bit more on having pictures cross the binding line to give the spread a little more coherence, but on the whole I’m happy with this piece.
My garden has typically been a respite centre for green-life…this is where plants come to die. I have had a black thumb for as long as I can remember, but that doesn’t stop me trying. My latest experiment is having a couple of plants on the end of my desk where I can see them and be reminded that they need to be watered once in a blue moon. As well as this little chilli plant, I have a basil plant…I am looking forward to having tomatoes and mozzarella with my lovely fresh basil…if I can keep it alive for a little longer.
There are few things I dislike more than needles. Particularly when they are draining life liquids out of you
The waiting room at the pathology place was somewhat lacking in character. It was very beige. The most colourful things were Phlebo and his mate Austin … the fighting fish.
Nothing particularly drawing-worthy, but a challenge to make something interesting out of all the sameness. Good thing I took a reference photo because I wasn’t sitting there long enough to finish the drawing.
This is the first car I’ve drawn in ages! I love drawing cars! One of my mates at work asked me to have a go at drawing his show car in a caricature kind of way…. As it happens I failed spectacularly at that aspect of it (check the crappy front wheel) when I did this quick little sketch in my sketchbook. Might try it again with real wheels on a bigger piece of WC paper I think. I love cars this was a fun one to do!
I am loving these EDM (every day matters) challenges, even if I’m only getting to them very very irregularly 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!
A couple of months ago my friend Carolyn asked me to design a tattoo for her that would commemorate the people in her family who had been to war or served in the military. We worked together to develop a design with four red poppies joined by vines to climb up and over her shoulder. Today was the day she made it permanent.
One of the early sketches with only three poppies.
Tattooist Brent (Tattoo Culture Tuggeranong)starting on the line work.
Concentration! Brent kept us entertained with songs and dancing between elements. He reckons he was a little intimidated having the artist watching on as he worked…I was just fascinated by the process
Outline completed…time for a little break after the line work was done.
Starting to add some colour and the pain levels start to rise.
The finished piece! It looks fabulous! Brent did a terrific job!
While we were there I did a bit of decorating myself…this design is not one of mine however….I fell in love with it for it’s clean elegance and flowing lines.
Stylised treble clef.
Definitely a two-thumbs-up kinda day!