I made it to Life Drawing on Friday. It had been quite a few weeks since I had last attending so it was great to be there. Will not make it the next two weeks due to being out of Hamilton.

The model was Laure a French girl who I had never drawn before. It was her first time modelling for the group - but she was experienced so easy to draw.


Warm up poses. These were all similar standing poses - which is no problem as I am able to fit them onto a single page. Tried to capture the whole body - which I managed to in in a couple.


Two poses. A sitting pose and a standing pose. Her hand is leaned against a chair which made it more interesting. Started drawing the tables in the background. Model wasn't in the usual spot - was missing a heater so moved her closer to one of the wall heaters. This was fine for me as I had forgotten one of my battery packs so has to plug into the power of the venue.


A front on sitting pose and a back pose. Back poses are often hard as there is much less detail to capture - especially if the model is curled up in a ball. I'm happy with the front pose though - captured her whole body (except for cutting off her forehead).


The sitting pose was long so I had time to create a grayscale layer. Whenever I do this it causes me to look again at the model and notice all the mistakes that the line layer had. Always important to keep looking at the model!


Color layer. I believe this is the first time I've done a color layer along with the usual line and rare grayscale layer at Hamilton Life Drawing. The usual saved color palette - yellow for skin, slightly more black in the yellow for darker areas of the skin. Red for the hair, and blue for the background.


These were the final three poses. I like the standing pose on the left - although she looks short. Love the large head though.


Sorry for the lack of posts this month. Since WoW: Legion launched I've been at my Brothers focused on levelling both his toons and my own to 110. After the burst I am sick of playing it and need to get back into usual patterns.

It's been weeks since I have attended Life Drawing Hamilton but plan on attending this Friday - so expect another post this weekend with life drawings.

I found out through ccanz that Authors Alliance was coming to Hamilton and I attended the talks. Here are the notes that I took during the session.


Start of the session. I made it to the session just in time. Michael Wolfe the Executive Director of Authors Alliance introduced himself and his organisation and the topics that would be talked about during the workshop.


Wolfe talked about Creative Commons and the licences. Majority of this material I knew but it's always great and informative to get a fresh perspective on the licences. Gratis vs Libre was interesting as well. I had to bring up the CC Zero licence (it's something that CC seem to keep quite hidden also). I forgot to mention CC Public Domain which is a licence you can attach to let people know that the content is in the public domain.

Moving on from CC into contracts which is something I have zero experience with - so great learning for me.


I ran out of power part way during the workshop and the other was charging at my Brothers so this was the last of the notes from the workshop.


I really like the idea of the requirement of renewing copyright. This allows works to fall into Public Domain early unless the Copyright holder really wants to extend it.


TPP notes. Interesting but some of it made me sad - especially of exporting of bad American laws such as DRM and extending copyright to life + 70 years. Would love to see Fair Use introduced here in New Zealand.


Drawing I did at Brothers - mostly WoW related references.


After the TPP talk I attend Hamilton Python User Group. Ian spoke about the Evolution of a Python Program, followed by Lawrances introduction to Python. I ended up drawing mostly.


Another sketch completed at Brothers.

I've now joined Authors Alliance and volunteered (in much the same way I do for ccanz). You should join also! Expect to see more posts in the future mentioning them.


Artwork from the past week. Had the Wacom drawing tablet connected to the Raspberry Pi 3 that is attached to a large television. Still have the portable Raspberry Pi with touch screen but it's nice to work on a large monitor - especially for tonal and color layers.

Majority of this artwork is digitising pencil drawings from 2012/2013.


Working vertical. Line drawing reference included works from Levin, Wellington, Auckland and RedditGetsDrawn portraits.


Grayscale tonal layer of my old school in Levin. Unlike the previous artwork this is just one pencil drawing reference.


The line layer of Levin North School drawing. I added extras to the drawing including triangles and waves at the bottom of the artwork.


A Pepper and Carrot artwork. The reference was a pencil comic strip of Pepper and Carrot in the desert. I added legs to Pepper and remixed the logo. Pepper was drawn again from a pencil reference.


Montage of traced pencil enviorment drawings - Levin, Wellington, South Island, and Auckland. Two portraits (four people) from RedditGetsDrawn.


Artwork from the past week. Taking old pencil street enviorments into GIMP along with life drawing on Friday.


Taking an old pencil sketch into GIMP. The location is Courtney Place in Wellington. Have been digitising lots of Pepper and Carrot sketches so it has been a natural process to take my own pencil drawings into GIMP.


Grayscale layer. Whenever I use to digitise pencil work I would always create a grayscale layer. My favourite area is the traffic lights and the courte sign.


Colour layer. Using more green than I use to and in different areas such as the figure. Yellow is used for the buildings roof and walls. The floor and sky - blue.


I partook in a Twitter chat last week - create lounge and have started listening to the podcast. This was my warm up drawing in life drawing on Friday - I was listening to an episode.


Hamilton line. Again digitising pencil drawing this time it's at Garden Place. The structure is a stage. I added details such as triangles.


Hamilton grayscale. Attempted to keep details in areas such as the structures triangles.


Three drawings of Mia from life drawing on Friday. Included is a portrait of someone new I drew from the backgroup. Sometimes I wish we had multiply models!


Mia looking towards the right. Again in the background added portrait from someone in the class. Lots of white space that a landscape could of been added to.


Two drawings of Mia. The legs are extra large in the foreground and I am happy with the shape of the feet.


Four drawings of Mia.


Warm ups of Mia. Attempted to capture the whole body. Needed to make sure that the portrait was small enough to fit everything else in.


Grayscale Levin street drawings merge. Took 4 different pencil drawings I created this art montage.


The line layer of the Levin street drawings merge.


Shopping centre in Palmerston North. Final pencil drawing digitise for this post.


Palmy Pillar line. Traced over pencil sketch that was drawn in Palmerston North.


Created at my brothers place. Started as a portrait of Pepper and then let an imagination over. Landscapes, spikes, waves.


No lifedrawing during this week due to attending EdChatNZ conference 2016. Here is the artwork from the conference along with recent Pepper and Carrot artwork.


Drawing the intro slide with wifi/password and conference sponsors. Beginning notes on the school - history and the current status.


The start of EdChatNZ conference 2016. Location this year was Rototuna Junior Highschool (RJHS) , which meant it was walking distance for me.
Notes and drawings continued from the talks given by senior management of RJHS. I found the modules system interesting - mixing subjects together - maths/PE, art/science. Several teachers collaborate together to teach the modules.


The first keynote was a tech driven look into current tech trends and where it is going in the future. Slides moved quickly but I was able to capture a few portraits from the slides.


The 2nd keynote. This was slower than the previous but still a great talk, just a change of pace. Looked at tech people in the past and their predictions of the future. Quite a few videos in this keynote.


This was drawn in the cafe on Saturday. I attempted to open the warcraft mobile app to create auctions. Sadly it didn't open and I was stuck in the login screen. I think the school must of blocked ports to in order to stop students from playing video games. Stuck on the loading screen I ended up drawing it.


Notes and drawings from the student talk. It was similar to the talks senior management had given - but a students perspective. Along with an excellent talk we were given tours of the school from the students.


Drawn at Hamilton Python Usergroup on Monday. Shame that EdChatNZ happened afterwards - could of handed out Python pamphlets (especially to those Hamilton teachers). Still I talked to several Hamilton teachers and invited them along to the Python User Group. It would be great if all teachers had a better understanding of computer science!


Line layer tracing of original pencil drawing from the E18 episode of Pepper and Carrot. Something different!


A grayscale layer of E18. Of course detail was removed but it's always satisfying to get a grayscale layer finished - especially with env.


Another Pepper and Carrot line art - this time from an early episode. The focus is still on the env but several figure are in the scene.


The third and final line tracing. This was from E02 - Peppers home.


Grayscale layer of Peppers home, I like how the smoke gets darker as it rises.


August 2016 Artwork from Life Drawing Hamilton - Adelaide modelling. RedditGetsDrawn portraits, Pepper&Carrot and the Hamilton Python User Group.


Walking to life drawing takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. I did it in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Still arrived several minutes late and didn't setup my usual table. Instead joined Peters table.

These are quick 2 minute poses. I think I need more quicker poses. Warmed up from the walk meant the drawing went successfully.


Sitting pose with the model curled up and looking down. It wasn't partially interesting but it did give me a change to draw the enviorment - including the heater.

I decided to modify the naming system for the art. A series of life drawings or events will have P number. This means the script that builds my markdown file keeps the images in order.


Lying pose. Her right arm rests on her hair. In the distance clouds and a structure joined together with jagged spikes. Unusual shapes decent from this.


Two sitting poses. The first her hand to her mouth and second crunched over with both hands in front of her. Square and circle shapes surround the figures.


Final pose. This was a bit different to the other poses. Lying on her back with her legs crossed and up. An area I often ignore is the legs. Starting at the head and often cutting off areas is not good. On the 2nd drawing of this pose I focused on the legs.


This was reference from RedditGetsDrawn. An arab girl wearing cool glasses.


Stretching arm up. I like the face on this. It's beautiful.


Drawing of reddit user dylan15766


Drawing of reddit user highgarden-smirk


Ideas for Pepper&Carrot. Been writing a python script to build a Nikola site of the comic. He has good filenames.


This was drawn at Hamilton Python User Group. It was a quiet night.


Artwork from the past week - I attended life drawing on Friday and GovtHack.


Drawn at govthack. The bear was reference from somewhere


Ideas for govthack. My first idea was to continue with the MoE jobs website. Other ideas included Creative Commons polices in schools. Schools that have vs not. This is something I started. I liked the idea of entering NZ Best Data Journalism. Another idea that is a bit different is to look at public library software management and analyse regional usage. I found this data online that covered public libraries in New Zealand.


Landscape that was drawn during govthack. Warming up...


Drawn on the Friday night at GovtHack. Was watching a doco about Muslims in London - that's why the god is great statement is there.

I had considered to make a parody for govthack - taking inspiration from North Korea and Soviet Union. I guess that was why I was watching this doco - to generate some ideas for the site.


Hamilton E-Commerce Meetup. This was on Thursday night. 6 people showed which was good numbers. I drank a beer and drew this. Only notes I took was Magento - open source php software. I wrote under it Python Ecommerce libraries - I would rather use Python than a PHP library as I can integrate it into my current scripts easily.


My main project at GovtHack this year was to redo the Jobs.Govt.NZ site. This is ideas and notes for the About page.


The categories of jobs.


Front page. We have an important jobs for you! Then listing of all the categories.


This was done after govthack. Moving beyound jobs.govt.nz and looks at job bank - Ministry of Social Development. One idea was to merge the govt and non-govt job listings together.


This is tags for jobs. Areas and locations where the jobs are located. Below these tags is a landscape and the words: 'work, work'. I wanted some illustration to add to the website since all I really had done up to now was notes. Illustrations for categories and tags would be neat.


Life Drawing which was completed before govthack. Several back poses. Her hair is always great to draw. Love the shapes it makes on her back.


Portrait of her face with arm coming into the foreground. I included the ghost tattoo she has. Her arm is floating on the river.


Standing poses. Side on portraits. Especially happy with arm on left. Captured tattoos. They always make drawing the figure more interesting.


I had a great weekend drawing at Kiwijam followed by the wlug meeting on Monday night. Here is a bunch of drawings created at kiwijam, my brothers, and wlug.


Created several cartoon portraits then filled the page with landscapes.


Focused on the circles. Small and tiny to build up an area. Landscape of water with a character at the bottom. Shapes rising up.


Continued with Trump theme. Characters standing on top of a wall. Water below.


Character in a square frame with spikes emerging out. Another character drawn on the bottom left, merging into the background.


Detail on the water. Normally don't use such a small line for it.


These are all the same. What more can I say?


Recently I founded several groups on meetup.com that were already happening irl. These are Hamilton Computer Club and Life Drawing Hamilton.

I am likely to build scripts in the future that automates actions on meetup. This is the start - reverse engineer the concept of meetup.com and rebuild it as Nikola sites.


Had a break from the usual imagination landscapes. Or as Bill told me 'doodles'. It doesn't bother me, he teaches Microsoft focused Computer Science at a uni.

This was drawn from RedditGetsDrawn. wtvrmelon and hannahthepalindrome. Filled the negative space around the portraits with squares and squiggles.


Grayscale tonal layer of the following line work. Must of been getting sick of drawing the imagination line pieces and created a grayscale tonal layer.


I like the animal on the bottom left.


Towers, rectangles to build a wall. Landscape.


Idea to modify the bot to tweet images. Currently it is only tweeting random blog posts and would be easy enough to open those posts up and tweet the images/ content.


This was drawn at wlug. The topic was Wayland and Mir as replacements for X11. I packed up the Pi after the talk but Ian did an excellent demo of Endless OS which I didn't get to take notes on.


Artwork from The Cure concert, life drawing on Friday and even kiwijam.


Standing pose in the centre of the model holding a wine glass. I took the liberty and filled the glass with bubbles. Standing around with an empty glass is pointless.

In the pose where the model is lying down her shoulder blades are very dominate - a spec of hair comes out the edge. It was quite cool. She lifted her legs up for this pose also - which helped to squeeze the figure in.


Final sitting pose for the day. Creating shapes on the model where the darker areas would be.


I attended Kiwijam in Hamilton. Last year I made it up to Auckland but this year I decided to stay behind. I spent the first few hours working further on the life drawing I had done that day - including a grayscale tonal layer of several of the poses.


Adalaide was the model. I had never drawn her before. This is the same pose from two different angles. I like how large her foot is in the left drawing. It's really coming forward. Feet are something I often ignore so proud of myself whenever I am happy with them. On the right is a front view. I like how these two drawings merge into each other and the use of negative space - the blanket from the left drawing covers the drawing on the right.


Warmups. I arrived just on time and the group started a several minutes late. I was struggling with the line work but improved as the session developed.


On Thursday night I went to Auckland and watched The Cure with my sister. I had not seen a concert live for years. I did not know at the time how to reduce the brightness on the Pi and didn't have my cellphone with me in order to look it up online. For the majority of the show I drew with the screen facing down. The lead to me having no idea to what I was drawing. Next time I will reduce the brightness on the Pi (didn't know how to at the time and no internet).


This was drawn before the show started. We arrived 2 hours before the show started so I had plenty of time to draw.


At Kiwijam my group is making a game about building a wall around Trump. This is the colour layer I completed. Have yet to pass it onto the group yet - and it's unlikely that they need it.


Grayscale tonal layer for the Trump Wall game. This was drawn today and given to the group. I look forward to seeing if they got much use out of it.


Trump Wall line layer. This was drawn Friday night but wasn't given to the group until Saturday morning. Again, interested to see if/how this will be used in the game. It will likely have elements of it turned to vectors - but who knows.


In the past week I have completed 4 paintings. There is spose to be a 5th here but I forgot to export it and can't be bothered to sort it now. I will include it in the next post.

The following art was created at Life Drawing Hamilton on Friday and Hamilton Computer Club on Thursday/Saturday. My life consists of meet ups.


This was started during Thursday night meeting of Hamilton Computer Club. Linda did a talk on editing photos with Google software. She also showed how to create ecards with the website 123greetings.com. I think I would rather do something original for an ecard. When I use to have Facebook I would draw/paint portraits of my friends for their birthday and post it to their wall.

The figure drawings are the next day - life drawing Hamilton. I had drawn the model once before. These are the warm up - 2 minute poses.


Longer 5 min poses. I found it hard to concentrate and went to the toilet and even walked outside and made a phone call. Sometimes I feel I attend just so that there is enough people. Of course this isn't true and it's best I just attend each week and have a positive attitude.


The final three poses for the day. These were longer 15/20 minute poses. I did move for the third one.


Started with a drawing of Maddie from a SIA video. When I got home from life drawing a bunch of Creative Commons pamphlets had arrived. This caused me to be inspired to work on ccanz stuff - including drawing of the pamphlets. In order for the page to not be too blank I filled the empty areas with a landscape.

On Thursday night I am attending The Cure concert and planning on bringing the Pi along and drawings. I won't walk in with it but will set it up once I have my seat. Hopefully I get through security with it.