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Circling Wellington building painting

Slow on the digital painting recently. I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with pencil drawings. This morning though I went to Lower Hutt Starbucks and finished a cityscape work and started a painting from life. Here’s the result. Great to get something uploaded since it’s been several days.

Here goes -



This is the reference I used. On the left is a sketch from Hastings, center is a building which is visible from parliament  and the right is a pencil line sketch of an area on Cuba Street. I started merging together my pencil drawings into digital paintings towards the end of last year and it’s been great to get back into it again, I’ve really only been working on RedditGetsDrawn works so fun to do some work that involved just the environment - no characters!



Line work. The center building was the first area to complete in line. I went and did the grayscale tone for the building as well before deciding it needed more detail and bringing in the reference on the left and right. Fills up the page.

I wanted to make sure that the three pieces worked together without feeling out of place, where they line up is important. Overlapping and such is not a problem.

And gray-scale tone. I used a range of brushes in this work in order to give a variety in texture. Make sure to balance those lights and dark throughout the piece. Looking back



Color. Wanted to keep with colors I was familiar with, but added in a brown to experiment with. This is working well with the reds. The right side of the page has evolved since color has been added, no longer is it a pillar but instead it’s a building structure. These things happen.

Cuba Street Painting October

It’s been several days since my last post. I’ve been on a trip to visit my Grandma. I got a bit of drawing done there – still need to scan the works in though. I was spose to scan it at Mums this afternoon – but forgot. I’ll try to get it done tomorrow so I can get some drawings uploaded.

Here’s a recent digital painting I did in GIMP of Cuba Street. Complete with video of the painting and narration. Enjoy.

Grayscale painting of the scene. Reference was a drawing I did on Cuba Street. It’s modified somewhat – added areas. This took 20 minutes. 

The finished color painting.

Video with narration. Great pratice doing the narration – it took me several attempts. Mostly talk about colors.

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.

Concept Pencil Cuba

This is my pencil drawings from Wellington. I had only one sketchbook with me – the hardcover landscape shape. The first half is covered with pencil works of city street views.

These were all drawn over 4 days in Wellington. Cuba Street, Lambton Quay, and the railway station. This is part one of the posts

Cuba Street. All these drawings are backwards. I really enjoy drawing the trees in Cuba Street. It’s especially helpful if they don’t have leaves (or minimal) and just branches. The branches are getting easier to draw – it’s just observation and perspective. 

Waiting for the train to Levin. I ate crackers and humus as I drew the view. Plants were scattered about the area. I’ve got plant shapes that I’ve been developing. Basically applying the same techniques that I do to the figure and break it down into common shapes. This allows me to look at an object and capture it using my own drawing techniques.

Those security cameras are everywhere. I love to draw them watching me. I often use them as a starting point – measuring out from there.

I’m not a fan of text in artwork. You know those paintings where the artist has gone ahead and written angry text over an otherwise decent oil painting. Illustration like this is different – this is trying to convey a visual message or story. 

Cafe view on Cuba Street. The hardest challenge was working with perspective. I must be improving with it…. it’s certainly became a large interest for me.

Chairs are from a cafe, these help add scale to the image.

Night view of Cuba Street. The major change for these line drawings is the circle lights that  scale down into the horizon.

I could see myself taking elements from these scenes into Blender and modeling out the objects. Create my own version of Cuba St.

On Saturday I had Aunty Menas for lunch. It was a delicious meal – carrot mash, tofu, and green salad. I drank plenty of water with it! This is the view from my table – looking out onto Cuba Street. Shops were across the road – I focused on capturing the windows. Cars parked – these changed but I manged to capture the idea. In the foreground is the door to Aunty Menas. I focused on the frame, windows and handle.

This is one of my smaller drawings I did – ending it before the end of the first page. I covered the rest of the page with a drawing on Courtney Place. This idea came from none other than Robert from TLC. He mentioned to me on Friday I could use the idea of separation to create ‘other worlds’. 

The other side of Aunty Menas/Courtney Place. I’ve drawn this Courtney Place scene before. Reminds me I need to dig up the work and see how different I’ve captured it. I included some basic figures in the scene – helps with scale.

Part 2 later in the week. Digital paint overs also.