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Concept Pencil Cuba 2

Part two of my Wellington drawing. These have just been sitting on the server so about time to post and show.

All in pencil, drawn early September around Wellington.

Cuba Street. Including a tree that winds its way though the work. Trees are fun to draw. I especially like the one with just branches – much easier! When it comes to lots of leaves I’ve been just trying to capture the overall shape of the tree rather than focus on details.

Left side of the page. This is another Cuba Street work – looking out towards the end of the street (Op side of Hells Pizza). Behind the street poles and security cameras you can see the council buildings. The most successful areas in the are the poles.

The most successful areas is the bottom left Manners St sign. Cropping that area works.The right side – not so much. It’s a mess and the lines aren’t confident. I have nothing to work with. 

Tree on Cuba Street. including some tone! These last few have been developed further to include some tonal areas – something I haven’t done for awhile with street pencil works. I like this one. It’s one of the few to include people. People always help scale – especially against that large tree. In the background to the right is an advertising stand Someone commented that they liked the Cuba reversed. But that’s whats there. Here I’ve used some colored pencils that I picked up from the French Art Shop. I am have mixed views on these pencils – especially when it comes to the lack of detail in the line. It would be nice to have much finer detailed colored pencil that allowed me to create lines the same as HB pencil. I’m sure there is something out there. 
Shops on Cuba Street. This is a mess. Especially on the right and the bottom left is lacking information. Good that I managed to capture a figure.

I was sitting right in front of this sign. Takes up most of the page but helps scale from the shop front. In the background, a govt ‘NO’ sign.

ChCh Sketches Sketchbook

This is a selection of work from my Christchurch Sketchbook. I uploaded these works sometime ago but never posted all of them. It’s helpful to have the images just sit in my server, wait for the day when I will use them in a post.

These works are created with imagination and one from photo reference.

My e-ticket. Copyed from my plane ticket for the flight from ChCh to Palmerston North. The rest of the page is figures and shapes created from imagination. The ideas were low-poly, cartoon characters.


This was drawn on the flight from ChCh to Palmy. The reference were fashion models from the Air New Zealand magazine. Sadly I didn’t have a sharpener for my pencil and had to use colored pencil. With pencil I would of been able to focus on the detail, and tonal elements of the work.

Testing my new colored pencils I got from the Drawing room. I’m not partially happy with these pencils – I’d rather something less grainy. The shoe on the left is mine.

Shapes of character. Breaking it down into blocks. There are also some quick sketches of Brooke cooking dinner.

Doodle everyday.

Explore Takaka Drawings

So I’ve been in Takaka for several days now, and drawing every one of these. It’s been nice taking a break from Levin and being in a different setting.

Here’s some of the artwork that I’ve done out and about in Takaka:

I drew this yesterday morning when up Pig Gully – my Uncle owns a mountain there. We drove up, giving the dogs a run. Once at the top I stood around for sometime before realizing there was a cold wind, and decided to get back in the car. This is a drawing of the view from the car. Sadly I didn’t bring my green colored pencil with me so had to use yellow instead of green. 

Another drawing from yesterday. This was in Takaka town district after I had lunch with a wonderful woman – Victoria Davis and her Mother (her mother is in a wheelchair and reminded me greatly of Nana). Lunch was delicious – I had a flat white, salad, and wedges. Great to catch up with Victoria and met her Mother.

After lunch Victoria headed off and I stayed in town. May as well enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I sat across from the building I had lunch – The Wheatmeal and drew the building. I love drawing buildings so much and I think i’m lucky to be able to document my trip with drawings rather then photographs. Drawings say much more then a photo ever will.

This is a view from the house I’m staying at. It was a beatiful sunny day so I decided to sit outside and draw the view. The hills are inspiring and this can only help my digital environments once I return to Levin. 

I want to show a sense of scale – by drawing objects in the distance as well as the foreground.  Sitting on a bridge in the morning I drew this of the mountains in the distance. The blue is spose to be white, but putting some color into it made it feel finished.



Art Journal Flip May 2012

Last weekend at Matchbox Studios I caught up with Catherine. I hadn’t seen Catherine since early 2011 so it was great to see her. She mentioned it would be good to collaborate on something…. I thought a  decided to do a journal swap would be cool.

The way we are working this journal swap. Both swap journals that’s filled with drawing/paintings etc… and enhance and work over one anothers work. I’m really exciting to see what will come out of it.

I have over the year followed her blog Black and Coloured Stuff. Go check it out, fantastic drawings and paintings. Plently of color which I’m always a fan of.

Here’s the journal that I’m going to be giving her this week. This is mostly filled with life drawings that I’ve painted over with gouache (found my nice blight brush recently). May take this into course tomorrow and life paint… something different to the drawing.

I may do another journal flip of the journal she gives me – before and after is important.

Fail First

Still no drawing or painting to upload despite making a return today to TLC. In the morning we watched slideshows and talked about life drawing. It was much the same as normal for  the class. Good to catch up with old faces and met new ones though! Gonna crash Marcy Marcs on Thursday.

In the afternoon Dan modeled for the class (clothed). I felt horrible so went to the common room and played Half Life 2 and did a bit in Blender for the rest of the afternoon. Just wasn’t the time. I’m hoping next week I can get into the flow – it was quite a depressing afternoon thinking – geeze, why don’t I have the motivation to draw. Setups also the other. I didn’t plan out to draw today.

Here’s a drawing I did in bed the other day.


This was all done in colored pencil. No reference, just sketching down ideas. I think this is really important. Too often I get trapped into using a reference and it’s just nice and free to work out of my head. Especially using it as and exercise to get to sleep!

The Robot inspired head I animated. I’d like to create a talking model in Blender – especially a robot like this one. I might take this idea into Blender tomorrow and explore.

That’s all for tonight. Goodnight.