USK SYD in Pyrmont

February 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

Another wonderful Urban Sketchers meeting in Sydney! About 16 sketcher met in Union Square and we ended up at the water end of Harris Street for another great show and tell and then lunch.
It was really lovely to walk down Harris St and see sketchers scattered all around. Here are my sketches…

First one was a total warm up…I am still getting used to my ‘new experimental style’ and working really wet on a Stillman and Birn Alpha book – I know the paper has not been designed for this type of treatment… but I am loving the results. I tried splashing for the trees like I did yesterday, but did it too early in the process so didn’t achieve the effect I wanted. To compensate (or make a total mess?) I then sharpened my yellow WC pencil over the wet paint!?!

The terminus hotel in a derelict condition… I was having a great time talking to Lisa and wasn’t fully concentrating. Also I am not really in the mood for sketching architecture at the moment (would prefer to be back at the beach) but it was great to get a better feel for this more textured watercolour paper (yes, I am working on loose sheets)

Running out of time so I did a simple sketch of the building on the other corner. It is a lot better at the moment for me to choose simple subjects so that I can continue exploring and developing my paint and WC pencil techniques.

And then one more sketch before everyone turned up for the show and tell… how fast can I do this?

Sketch I started while waiting for my lunch… finished at home from memory.

Spent lunch and most of afternoon chatting so missed out sketching with the others… but did go up to Ways Terrace and do this one just before leaving. I MUST come back and sketch this iconic building more!!!

A great day – thanks to everyone who turned up.


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