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akl child draw

Here are some recent traditional drawings.
It’s been awhile since I have updated so this is somewhat of a bulk post.



This was drawn at Fairfield Community Centre. I have been really enjoying drawing spikes. Those sharp edges, getting them to look good.




Dolly drew this colorful character. I love the level of detail. Eyes with eyeballs, a mouth, hair, top (shaped beautifully). Arms. Though the left arm is very fat! Both arms are interesting and different. The fingers count to 5 on the right hand. Left hand has four fingers.



I sat at the Queen Street, Auckland Burger Fuel store with my sister and drew this. We ordered ‘The Bastard’ and shared it. Clouds and burgers were a focus. I copied logo and text from Burger Fuel.





This was drawn at Overload in Auckland. I used Horse Ninja postcard as reference.




Coloured Pencil and ink. Blue colored pencil and yellow and green ink.



Close up of the character.



Texture of colored pencil. Sitting on the concrete outside and making markings.



Amazing marks from the kids.




Plant in a tree, with a landscape at the bottom. Similar to the landscapes I draw.




Started with the robot and grew. Houses in the landscape, along with wild forests.




I did a drawing of Dollys tree inside a bubble. The brick wall at the base. I was drawing straight lines and not making them rugged. I was told this was wrong and that I should do it more ruged, like the original. I obeyed (and agreed).



Great shapes. We thought it was a snake at first but later relized there may be some rivers and boats happening. How exciting!


Auckland Pencil Drawings

It’s been sometime since I’ve uploaded some artwork. I’ve mostly been drawing, street scenes and such.


Albert Park fountain. 2H pencil


Queen Street


Top page of that Queen Street drawing


This is Hamilton. I’ll include it here anyway. Bus stop in Hamilton East. Chilled here well waiting for my brother to wake


Imagination. It’s great to just doodle sometimes


Queen Street. Sitting on a seat, drawing the corner. Attempted to add some figures. Rubbish


Character was referenced from a magazine. Background was imaganation


Clem and City photo studies

During my final hours in Auckland I started playing The Walking Dead. I got the majority of the way through episode one. I’ve just reopened it up on my laptop and playing it.

Here’s a painting I did of Clem from the game:


And using some reference photos that I took recently I did this enviorment painting:
WALKINGDEAD-CITYI used several different references for this – the first a clock tower photo in Levin, this also included the reference for the street lamps. The second reference was from Auckland – the Sky tower. The rest of the image was just tone building up from imagination – including the mountain. I’ll like to do more of these photo studies rather than just work from my drawings.

Finally here’s the video for this these paintings –

Auckland Characters

I’ve been taking photos. The majority of these have been landscape or street scene, but I have taken some photos of people. You can check out my new stock photography website – FreshFigure.

For this painting I used several of my photographs and painted characters. I normally paint enviorments so it’s always refreshing to paint characters. Here goes:




Line. The four figures are all the same height with the two portraits slightly wider than the figures. I especilly enjoyed doing the line on portrait with the tongue out – it’s very unusal and nothing like a normal portrait. Yay for differences. akl-char-tone

Grayscale tone. I focused on skin and hair – missing the legs on the left two figures. I went in with the middle gray and just covered areas before going in with dark to the hair areas. I used a light gray in certain areas of the skin to increase the contrast.
akl-char-colColor. I dropped opacity to 30% and covered the skin with yellow. Next was red for the darks (just laying over that yellow). Finally I used two shades of blue for the back wall and a green for the floor.

Here’s the video:

Sketchbook Travels

I’m currently in Auckland. I got a new camera for xmas so able to take plenty of photos. So far I’ve taken over 1500.

When away on holiday like this I don’t spend much time on the computer but here are drawings that I have done recently:

View of the hills from my Mothers home in Poringa. I didn’t get much drawing done over xmas, instead I spent the majority of the time on the computer working with pygame. Over the past few day’s I have been taking plently of photos of enviorments that I plan to use in my artwork somehow. So the drawing has been low. 

The other side of the page. Very minimal lines in this. I’m not sure if I will do much with it. It’s quite boring. DSC_0018

Another view from Mums home. This was a closer view. To the right is a concrete mixer, very top the sky, and below vegetation. DSC_0019

I’m happier with this one. Far more structure to the piece. The concrete mixer was fun to draw. It was similar to drawing cars, but a different shape. To the right of the mixer, a concrete wall in progress. Bottom is grass. I used a straight line vertical stroke to show this. I only drew part of the grass so repeating mindless tasks like this calls for a for loop. Here’s dreaming.

Another drawing of Poringa. I started with drawing part of the neighbors house and drew vegetation  fences and the hill behind it. A fence ran all the way across the top of the fence.
DSC_0021Right side of the previous drawing. Not as much happening here, I guess I lost interest and  went inside to the computer. The very left is a power pole, followed by vegetation  At the top the fence continues along The hill twists and turns.

DSC_0861This was a drawing I did in Hamilton. I spent the day there before traveling to Auckland. Nothing much happening here. Lets move on. DSC_0863Another Hamilton drawing. Again, very minimal. I wasn’t really in the mood for drawing so closed the book and walked.

DSC_0864DSC_0867This was drawn in Hamilton at the base. My Mother, Sister went shopping and I was free for several hours to draw and look around the shops. It was a beautiful day in Hamilton and I enjoyed drawing the store fronts. This is a drawing of a clothing shop well drinking a glass of water and eating a scone.

This will do for now

Vector Logo Mall

I spend the majority of my digital painting time in GIMP. I love it, I always will. I’ve tried other Raster programs out there – and will continue to use – DeviantArt Muro, Manga Studio, MyPaint, Alchemy, Photoshop.

There is another set of programs I can paint with.. Vector. During Highschool I spent time learning Freehand. It was a favorite program. I enjoyed this more than Photoshop. Having a tablet back then would of been great – even if it was a tiny 2×2 screen size.

Anyway, I learnt Freehand, then moved onto Illustrater. In 2007 I did the majority of my digital work in Illustrater. Later I moved to Inkscape – cos it’s not Adobe.

Here are two logo/header displays and a paint over of a sketch:This is a paint over as well. I used a figure from GIMP and painted over in Inkscape. I used my mouse for it. I’ve been using the tablet lots – it needs a new nib and I can’t find the packet. I think the mouse does a decent job at painting. Clearly the model is James. Who else could look like this? One of the advantages of having these files as Vector objects is the freedom. I can scale, and mix without losing any detail. Paint over of Lynn Mall sketch. Color used is inspired by my other works. I think I’ll keep working in Inkscape. It’s something different that allows me to create works digitally.

Saturday Morning

Several digital paintings. Pencil sketch to GIMP paintings. Airport sketch thanks to Netscrolling. Exploring areas of color further – what shapes can I make? Do the buildings and people need color. Maybe I could try a silver or grey on it. I’ve used grey somewhat in my other works – especially at the beginning stages of building a painting up.

Westfield. I want to take the majority of my pencil sketches into GIMP and develop these paintings. This can only help my knowledge of compossion and environments….The final painting. I guess I shouldn’t really call it a final though. Because anyone is free to take my work and develop it on a new path. Just let me know :) A digital painting from several months ago. Decided to take it into GIMP and work over top using the same colors. I’ve been having a look over my older blog posts and noticed lots of life drawings that I could take though the digital stage. There is likely lots of life drawing work not uploaded – I should work on getting these uploaded as I can then turn them into digital paintings and such.

Westfield Auckland Sketch

Some more drawings of Auckland during my visit. Most of these are around Westfield New Lynn Mall.

Top half. HB Pencil on white paper. This is mostly the ceiling. Working vertical, gives an interesting perspective. Much more detail in this area then the roof. People were blocking areas so I had to work around that somewhat. Attempted to capture the wood bark texture on the containers – spreading it to other container structures. I’ll do a paint over of these works tonight or in the morning. 

Left side of mall outside sketch. Sadly the other half isn’t scanning. stupid scanner.

Digital Mall Time

Taken several of my sketches from Auckland and produced a paint over. There was only one new idea here – using the eraser in areas to help tonal value

New Lynn mall. I need a new nip for my pen. It’s grinded down and is scrapping on the tablet. It may be part of the problem of unable to get straight lines – my hand has been very jerky. Frustrating. 

Working on this I wished I had taken a photo of the scene – the line was fine – but I had no information for the tone – so just made it up. I guess it works, but it doesn’t feel right.

I  used the eraser tool for the blue – capturing a more transparent background. It’s been awhile since I’ve explored these ideas.

Auckland Waterfont plus train wait

A selection of drawings from my trip to Auckland. I picked the Sketchbook up from Ponsonby and began to fill it with views from around Auckland. Although I picked up two new colored pencils from the French Art Shop as well I didn’t end up using it – I’ve been finding it easier to work with just pencil then adding color at a digital stage. 

Auckland waterfront. There were several fisherman out. I sat on a seat and just enjoyed the view. I enjoyed drawing this because it offered me several layers of perspective – something thats important when capturing the scene. No tone either – praticing that line. Once I’ve taken this into GIMP I’ll work on paintingLynn Mall. During the time I was locked out of the place I was staying in New Lynn I hanged out in the local Lynn Mall. There were several place to sit and draw. This is near the entery of the building. Train. The train takes an hour from New Lynn to Britomart. One hours a long time to work on a drawing, so every time I took the train I was able to get a drawing done. I was happy with the train system in Auckland – it was certainly cheaper than Wellington.

And last another view from the waterfont. This time it’s the huge machines they use on the dock. These were lined up in perspective so I struggled somewhat with attempts to capture the scale.

There are more drawings of Auckland that I need to scan and upload. But this will do for now. Enjoy.

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