Testing Quick Travel Sketching Techniques in Surry Hills

April 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

A totally stunning still autumn day in Sydney was perfect for exploring Surry Hills with my sketching friend Chris.

Today was a challenge day – trying different things and giving ourselves time restraints. My challenge was to use watercolour pencils… and waterbrush… but it didn’t take long for me to use paint and my sable brushes with water.

Funnily enough the most successful quick sketch was the first one that I did that actually stick to my guidelines (above)…

and also my second attempt that was just paint with waterbrush (no lines at all)

and my favourite bit of the whole day was the tree in the second last sketch which was a combination of WC pencil, pen and paint.

Anyway here is the full collection:


  • I do not know where you take your tea but the cups and saucers are always beautiful, and that includes the one in the last post. I too shudder at the thought of milk in tea…which is how my mom drinks her tea (also with sugar, which I add as well, but only a little). These pages of sketches are wonderful and I must say you've had a prolific sketching weekend!!

  • Sue Pownall says:

    Wow what a lot of sketches for a day. I like all the building sketches and your food sketches are so good I now feel hungry 🙂

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