Last Friday evening I went to a concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – it’s been years since I’ve been to a concert like this! I decided beforehand that I wasn’t going to try and sketch non-stop (as I’ve done in the past) because I really just wanted to focus on watching the performance so that I would have a better appreciation for the pieces. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven Symphony No. 5.
However, I did arrive early and managed to do a quick 15-minute sketch of ‘The Con’ before my music-loving companion arrived. It was nice to do another building sketch designed by Francis Greenway – this was originally the stables for Government House designed for Governor Macquarie.
Once seated I got out a few tools (coloured pencils, markers and my Fude) thinking that I might sketch during the third piece in the concert composed by Julia Vlahogiannis – a student of The Con. But I was impatient for the music to start and did this fun line and shape sketch during the Chancellor’s speech. Once Brahms PC2 started I was totally focused on the pianist and the orchestra.
And then before Beethoven S5 started I put my sketching tools away! As my notes on the page say, I’m not a super fan of Symphony 5 (prefer 3, 6 and 9) but I absolutely loved seeing it performed live. So dramatic and fun to watch the music!
Earlier that evening, I sketched while waiting for my dinner (as described previously here)…
I have a set of Neocolor II (the water-soluble version) and I’ve been playing with them on a personal project but this is the first serious time doing a sketch with them. I started with a few shapes and lines, then added watercolour (having no idea exactly what would happen) then added some coloured pencils and allowed the sketch to evolve spontaneously. This is definitely my favourite way to work and I absolutely love extending the sketch outwards and adding colour intuitively!
BTW there is a little Neocolor I in The Con sketch above.
I’m not sure exactly how I am going to use these new tools but I love seeing Suhita’s use of them and a number of you have asked me if I’ve tried them. So this is another ‘stay tuned for more’ type of article! If you haven’t already noticed, I’m in a very experimental mood at the moment and having an absolute ball!
If you do use Neocolor I or II I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below – how do you use them? Why do you like using them?
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