My plan is to share the previous week’s sketches every Monday, however with all of the end of year articles, I need to catch up on two weeks worth. And this post is a few days late! It’s going to be a long one, so I suggest you pause to go and get a hot drink before proceeding.
The last two weeks were supposed to be a ‘stay-cation’ but instead of having a bit of a holiday (vacation) I spent the first week doing a big ‘spring’ clean at home. Although I haven’t finished it all, it certainly feels great to be so organised to start the year. In the second week, I basically got back to work earlier than I thought I would. This is because there was more tech/admin associated with the Foundations Re-Run (the story of my life!) and I also finally got a new computer (I’ve been working off my laptop since the end of April). It’s been a good fortnight, but just not super relaxing!
In terms of sketching, I managed to keep up my recent pace, even though more days were spent at home than I had hoped. There were a few sketch outings, but most of my sketching was from morning cafe visits. I’ve really come to love my new cafe – Goodfields Eatery – it is a wonderful space to be in, lovely interior, great staff and great buzz. I think it will become my Saturday cafe, as it is a little too active for getting work done. So I’m looking forward to returning to my usual morning cafe when it re-opens next week.
I’ve finished off Sketchbook #111 – a 8 x10 Stillman and Birn Alpha softcover – in just over three weeks. This is an impressive rate of sketching (at home) even for me! And I think #111 is my favourite everyday sketchbook ever! It’s got a great mix of subject matter and varied compositions. I have loved using the larger size so much, that I’m sticking with it for #112. I’m thinking at this stage that I’ll go back down to the smaller 5.5 x 8.5 portrait softcover for #113.
Although I’m very happy with this book, and the sketching I’ve done in the last two weeks, there is always room for improvement. I need to work out a way to carve out time in the evening for a little sketching. There are more objects that I want to sketch in order to create a record of the day. I know from looking through old books that the most random sketches become the most interesting down the track. I also want to start working on some research projects – such as sketching people (anatomy) and looking at strategies for drawing cars.
But apart from that, it’s been a great end of year/beginning of year.
So here are all the pages…
BTW, one of the changes I hope to implement this year is to return to scanning my everyday pages. Despite my studio lights and playing with camera settings, I just can’t get good photos of my sketchbooks. I do like sharing the spreads in their entirety as the composition of the page is as important to me as the individual sketch, but I do know that some of you like seeing the sketches bigger. So I have added some detailed scans in this collection.
Sketching with Chris Haldane – close up included in this article.
The full spread, which also includes finally making up a palette from the Roman Szmal Paints which I got given to test during my European trip. More later I promise!
Here is a close up of my super fast sketches while waiting to be served in the Apple store – using my White Lamy Joy, a red watercolour pencil, a water-soluble ochre pen, Ecoline marker and waterbrush. Fun to do this type of crazy sketching.
Back at Goodfields…
They brought out a second coffee for me to sketch. Two coffees is too much for me to drink but I don’t like waste so I drank half of the cappuccino. I was buzzing afterwards. I’m enjoying the challenge of mixing the beige colour and the strong directional light in this cafe is great for shadows.
And then decided it was time to focus on people sketching. When in a new exciting space I prefer to capture the whole interior (with some people included) first rather than just focus on a few individuals.
Second sketch after my fish and chips – close up in this article.
A different cafe today as Goodfields were closed. BTW I have 9 in my local area to choose from!
I was a bit annoyed that a fellow patron told the staff I was starting to sketch them. They became a little self-conscious and I didn’t want to look at them while they were aware of it.
New Years Day: cafe options were limited. Close up included in this article.
Finally got a replacement imac and setting it up. I wanted to add paint but was too busy at the time. The simple line drawing makes a nice connection to the one I did back when the drama happened.
Then I headed to Coogee Beach to meet Christina Lopp Schwabecher who is visiting Australia (from Tokyo) at the moment with her family. I’ve known her (online) since I first started sketching in a journal (12 years ago) and loved the wonderful beginner DVD she created with Gay Kraeger. I still have images in my head of the juicy washes they achieved with a water brush and how accessible their exercises were for people just starting.
We talked non-stop for about 5 hours and didn’t leave our comfy table overlooking Coogee beach. The beach will be there (for me) to sketch on another day so sharing ideas, stories and inspiration was the priority. We did sketch a coffee though!
So there you have it! A fun collection of sketches and pages. How much sketching did you manage over the break?