Saturday, January 24, 2015

Video Editing


Sketching while waiting for my iMovie videos export. My laptop has more updated software and I am too scared to update my big machine in the middle of my current project. So I have hooked up the laptop to my second monitor and it is working well. BTW I am pretty excited about the last demonstration videos for my Foundations Class coming up next week!


As much as I love what I am doing, I am REALLY longing for a work-free Saturday. Soon!

Friday, January 23, 2015

De Atramentis Document Fog Grey


 This week I have managed to get myself a little distracted due to the unexpected arrival of a new De Atramentis Document Ink called Fog Grey. I got an email from Larrypost on Monday saying they have plenty of stock of DeA ink and including this new colour. I knew Document Fog Grey was in the pipe line but I was very surprised that Larrypost had some in their recent shipment. Of course I couldn't resist getting a bottle and  doing a few tests. Of course it is not a full review without doing a teacup test so here that it.

Now in terms of comparison with other inks… it is a very blue dark grey.
Very nice but I was expecting it to be more like my mixed grey (from DeA Document Blue and Brown). Interesting to compare with Noodlers Lexington Grey and to realise how light and warm Lex Grey is.

Drawing my crazy TV arrangement at the moment so I can watch the cricket in the next rrom from my computer. I am not sure how this sketch translates online but the ink does feel blue when I am drawing with it.

Using the Fog Grey to sketch my latest collection of music to play while I am working. I was in the mood to expand my  Chamber Music collection and indebted to the suggestions from my facebook friends and of course to my Classical Music Educator (my brother!) for supplying me with CDs.

A crazy Baroque building test - naturally I am not at Blenheim Palace at the moment so I have to rely on doing this from a photo. It is sad that there is not a Baroque building in my neighbourhood so I could do this test on location.

Another test page comparing the Fog Grey again this time with Black and with DeA Document Dark Blue.

Although it is not the neutral grey I was expecting, it is a BEAUTIFUL colour ink and more useable for me than the dark blue. The Document Fog Grey is giving me a dark line which is much more lively than black and I look forward to testing it on different subject matters and colour schemes in the next few weeks.

Looking up Jane Blundell's blog - my constant reference site - I notice that this bottle of Document Fog Grey IS different from the normal water soluble Fountain Pen Ink version of Fog Grey which is more neutral.

BTW if you have some of the DeA inks and interesting in some mixes please check out Jane's blog posts here. I have been referring to them a lot …but when it comes to actually mixing to fill up my pens have been doing that a little less accurately 9Ie. a bit of this colour and a bit of that colour. No idea of the ratios!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SketchingNow Adventure Paddington

Last Thursday I headed to Paddington for my next SketchingNow adventure - to one of my favourite spots to sketch in Sydney - The Reservoir Gardens. The remains of a water reservoir built in 1866 have been converted into sunken garden which is truly an urban oasis. Apart from hearing the buses go past, you would have no idea that you were right in the heart of busy Oxford St.

The conversion completed in 2006 by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and JMD Design is so well done, with the new and old combining seamlessly. There are so many vistas, elements and details to sketch - it was the perfect location for demonstrating my current lesson in my Foundations course.

This week I was doing a full video demonstration -  I first explored my subject with thumbnails going on an exhilarating adventure with my eye and pen in hand (this is exclusive content for the class). This is my sketch after I had explored lots of options with my thumbnails.  I felt a bit constrained by having to keep my sketchbook in camera but I think I will get used to this over time - or zoom the camera out so I have a little more tolerance! Doing demos and commentary during a face to face workshop is quite a bit harder than  just sketching for yourself, but being filmed while you are sketching is different again. You just have to ignore the fact that every stroke is being recorded and could be watched over and over again.  But... seriously,  I am REALLY loving the transition from my home video demos to ones out on location - it is just so exciting to be able to share the full adventure!

And I thought I would share you with the second, somewhat mindless sketch I did! This is a pure prop  to enable Chantal who was doing the filming to get all the context footage and me in action. So much fun!

After lunch I headed down to Five Ways. The weather couldn't be more different from what it was last time when I was there with Paul Wang in March last year when I was pouring with rain and we just headed straight for a cafe and then to onto the tearoom next door. This time I sat on the pavement and sketched a big view.

And then I focused in on the part that had caught my attention initially. There are a lot of painted rendered walls in Paddington - white, grey or black (black seems to be the in colour!) so the green framed bay windows in brickwork above Sonoma stood out.

I then had a lovely chill session at the wonderful Ovvio Organics.

Here are the two full pages in my sketchbook. I am not sure I like using the raw sienna ink on its own. It looks too light in real life.

It is hard to believe that I only have one more outing associated with my Foundations course - but I plan to continue them! Certainly the sense of adventure has been less in some of the latter outings due to the commitments to filming. It has been so much fun but I am looking forward to be more focused on a sense of 'travel sketching'… just me and my sketchbook going places!

Friday, January 16, 2015

In a Chai mood


It is really hard for me to find sketching time for myself at the moment …but there is always my evening cuppa. Sketching my cup of tea is just the perfect little escape - a time to experiment with line and colour with do-able subject matter within a limited time frame (my two cup pot).

My orange 'SketchingNow' cup has been a challenge for me to paint since it is hard to achieve a wet-in-wet non-brown shadow suitable for an orange cup with blue, turquoise and white flowers. This one is less murky and I was also playing with a new mixed orange and a cyan De Atramentis document ink drawing in dry paper and into the wet. The watercolour and ink pigments were mixing freely in the water on the page. Ah! love it!

I have been in a chai mood lately and while I was making the pot tonight, decided that this orange cup really suits chai tea. It hasn't really felt right drinking earl grey out of it - some of my other cups match EGT better. I then picked up the package of my new Ovvio Chai High Spice Tea and guess what - they think orange and teal are the colours of chai too! I know this is very trivial but it brought a smile to my face.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Paddington

  Three highlights from a day sketching (and filming) in Paddington for my SketchingNow course today. I had this location in mind for one of my outings since the very beginning...so good to get back to one of my all time favourite sketching spots in Sydney...
... exciting urban space ...

and a second visit to the wonderful Ovvio Organic teashop. Full report next week!
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