The first was to Milson’s Point late afternoon on Tuesday. I’ve come to this spot many times and normally I sketch the Sydney Opera House and/or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But this time I avoided both of them as my subject (although the SHB appears in the background of this sketch!)
I walked along the harbour’s edge and then sketched these piers – a fun subject to experiment with coloured pencil shading. This sketch felt good in my sketchbook as it was so I didn’t bother adding colour to the background.
Luna Park was buzzing with activity so I found a quiet spot to sit (from where I’ve sketched on other occasions). My linework was really loose and so I was thinking of how to add the colour in a similar way. (The sky shape was added later!)
I realised that it was almost ‘early dinner time’ so I wandered around a little more, did another sketch and then had a lovely Thai dinner. The place was empty so I knew that I would only have a few minutes for a sketch – so a rough continuous line drawing was all I managed. Hmm… It’s ages since I’ve visited a Thai Restaurant.
My second outing was to Cumberland State Forest. I have only visited it once before in 2014 when I had fun drawing and painting some trees with my niece.
I drove around the loop, got a coffee and then went on a short walk where I sketched these cabbage palm trees. (These are the same type of palm trees I sketched recently in association with the SOH and SHB.)
BTW I’m really enjoying doing maps with coloured pencils!
So there you have it – two short late afternoon outings (each only a few hours long) which were good opportunities to test further ways of using coloured pencils for urban sketching.
Can you tell I’m a fan of CPs? I have lots of ideas of other ways to use them… and can’t wait to incorporate them with watercolour and/or swtich to watercolour pencils.