Urban sketch

Liz Steels sketching buildings

Ok I am a little behind. No.no. I am a little bit behind (I wonder if this translates to Je suis debonaire derriere?) but i digress, behind in my homework.

I am doing a bit when I can and at the moment playing with Liz Steels building class even though I did her workshop, which I can recommend , to see her in action and be able to ask questions I found very valuable. I do like to consolidate my knowledge and experiences  by going over things again.

 

I am also going to Hobart in a weeks time and going to sketch for 3 whole days whilst TB goes to remote nursing school.Liz has based some of her course buildings (below are my images) on some she saw in Tasmania so I thought it would be good practice to get in a few Taswegian style buildings.  Now these ones are quickies done on non watercolour paper whilst other things are happening around me, which is good for a male to try to multitask….

I am also playing with a bit of toning on a couple of other sketches  you may have seen the line art for on an earlier page, but now putting some tone down. This is another fun stage where I can start to see it become more dimensional.

I have watered down my last mix of ink  a little more than I have used in the past. These have had two coats, the darker shadows are next, especially for Flinders St as I used a brush pen for the Model T and the dark shadows are already there

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and then there is this one below. I am experimenting with George Haddonsimg_1246 style pics whilst sitting in bed, trying to learn to add some character to my images. For me now I am trying to add a bit of life in my diagrams.

Sketching architecture

The least scariest thing I find to sketch is architecture. But being a Libran it can sometimes take me a while to decide what to sketch. Then again sometimes it hits you in the eyes. Or its something from your past. My first big sketch, was the Princes Theatre, I barely finished the central part on my sketchcrawl.

I did this one because one of my best friends was involved in the refurbishment of it in the 1980s, and of course I have been there numerous times so it did attract me when I went out for one of my first sketchcrawls in 2015.

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Princess Theatre 2015

The one below was done whilst on a workshop with Liz Steel (highly recommended), People may go past as I am sketching and some will look over my shoulder. North Melbourne below was an interesting situation. I was with a group, but that didnt stop the local characters, medically or alcoholicly affected from looking at our work. In fact they were more encouraging as their use of adjectives to describe our work is often greater than the normal Joe public. “Tht’s $#%^&ing tops mate”

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Errol St North Melbourne 2016

 Apparently the tram lines above have been moved now!

The good thing about architecture is you can draw your favourites whenver you want and in different styles. Heres Flinders St station last year and then this year. And sometimes it pays not to have your paints with you, hence the line art. So many times traversing over those steps without stopping and appreciating the old building!

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Flinders St 2015

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Flinders St with Aggie Lim 2016

Even doing this one over 4 visits in Brisbanes early morning or late evening, people stop and look , make comments, stop for a little chat, or blow their cigarette smoke over you while chatting, or offerring you a chair, all these little things remind me of the experience.

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Brisbane Treasury Building 2016 

Brisbane ex treasury building now a casino, Ironic really!!

 

 

Cafe art

Capturing the art scene of Cafes can be quite daunting. Firstly you sit at a table, perhaps for a long period of time, your coffee may take time to drink (and go cold) between putting lines down, or the waiter may ask you if you want anything? And you feel guilty for taking a table and not eating a lot…. But once they see what you are doing they tend to stop pestering you, and fill your water up whilst grabbing a quick peek at your sketch.

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2014 Above is an early one where I wasnt brave enought to draw inside.

 

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When I did sketch inside I hid down the back, nnot wanting to get noticed. I didnt need to worry, others were going about their own lives to notice a middle aged bloke down the back.

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2015  I have been taking various online courses, even completed some of them before starting another, but what I Am getting from them is to just get out and draw what you see, hear and feel. Draw the barista, the mess, the organisation, the bitchy customers, or the happy waitress, customers, Just capture it.

 

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2016  There is a  regular at this cafe who was sitting and standing and sitting whilst I was sketching this one. I couldn’t not draw him.

 

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2016   Sometimes I don’t finish in one sketching period, sometimes I go back a couple of times to add onto the picture. The sketch of Provincia was one of these. We like to sit outside and watch the world or sit in the sunshine whilst having our coffee so I sketch a little then go outside. With the Provinvia cafe above I only draw for a minute at a time, a long macchiato does not take long to make , so often the decor of bowls and cake stands changes, but that’s ok.
Sometimes I can manipulate my view area, but on busy days I have to take the view that I get. Life’s like that. Suck in a deep breath, sit down and draw what you see.

That serendipitous position may lead to a different picture than the one you envisioned.

 

In dribs and drabs

What do you do when your local coffee place doesn’t have a table to sketch from? And their service can be so quick you barely get your pen out to throw some ink down?

 Well you try to fix a spot (in the corner between the fridge and the wall) and draw what you can while you wait. (Try not to be rude to customers who get in your way to order the delicious stuff in front of you, “I think I’ll have  umm, what’s that? Does it have nuts in it?). Then you do the same over the next few weeks until you get a chance to paint.

That’s how I got Provincia finished, even the girls working are amalgams as they weren’t always on when I was there. ( I know how inconsiderate, haha).
Provincia Food store