It was the perfect little getaway to end the year and it was a great opportunity to do a series of sketches of the same subject. If you haven’t realised it by now, I love sketching the same scene over and over again – from different angles, at different times of the day, and in different light.
On this particular trip I sketched the Three Sisters on each of the 4 days I was in the mountains. But I did a number of sketches of other lesser-known rock formations as well.
Most Australian native trees are evergreen so there are no autumn colours but…
The trees and bushes in the Blue Mountains this time were very orange/red/pink.
Because I was so focused on the vegetation – my sketches were more textured than usual. And I continued to experiment with pencils (both coloured pencils and watercolour pencils), markers (GoldFaber Aquas) and watercolour.
Now to share my work…
This article contains sketches from my first two days in the mountains. I’m including scanned versions of my main sketches first and then will share photos of the full sketchbook pages in the second half of the article. Enjoy!
And this is a panoramic view from the Orphan Rock Lookout – trying out some fun layering with the markers. I had a number of lengthy discussions with other people at this lookout whilst doing this sketch so I was super distracted.
And the third sketch from Elysian Rock looking towards Mt Solitary using markers and watercolour. Sketching this mountain always makes me think of a bushwalk I did with my siblings when we were teenagers.
After this sketch, I decided to switch to watercolour pencils for the rest of the trip. Stay tuned for the next article to see how I used them on Days 3 and 4.
Full Sketchbook Pages – Monday
Full Sketchbook Pages – Tuesday
As you can see I did a lot of sketching on Monday and Tuesday! It was fairly relaxing during the day but I did have to spend quite a few hours finishing my pages in the evening (particularly on Tuesday). 🙂
I really loved being in the mountains again, doing these sketches and finishing the page layouts each day. I’m looking forward to sharing more about these pages during the livestreams that I’ll be hosting as part of the Live Version of Sketchbook Design. The course starts this week – Wednesday 4 January and it’s not too late to sign up. Find out more here.