Lone Cockatoo

I did a solo trip to Cockatoo Island on Saturday. Staying with my son Ben and his wife Phoebe at Neutral Bay the wharf is not too far away. I was on a mission having immersed myself in a new book on drawing. New method, new thinking, love it.

So the plan was to be nonstop drawing … from the time I got on the first ferry till arrival back at Neutral Bay.

pencil drawings
On the way to Cockatoo Island … and then there

Materials were kept simple … one 5B .7mm Avery fat tech pencil on Moleskin with sort of yellowing pages … not sure what they call it.

After completing a little session at the Slipway area (North West) I went up to the top level, sat on an old stone wall and proceed to strip off layer after layer of clothing as the weather was clear and warm … and sketched some more:

Pencil drawing
Old Stone building top level then the trip home

You’ll notice some heavier lines … this is all part of the method, the envelope.

More on that tomorrow

 

2013 … trying again …

Sorry the previous post had a fault in it … we’ll see how this goes.

1st for 2013 is hopefully the first of 365 continuous postings … fingers crossed.

Summer is almost here although the water temp has stayed low for longer than usual.

Here’s one sketch I did of Mollymook Beach today. This corner of the world continually intrigues me… cold in winter … ideal in Summer.

Mollymook Beach ,NSW,Australia
New Years Day … click to enlarge

Too wet, Too bleak … so photo

pen and wash in Sepia of lane way
Somewhere in Italy

Having always wanted to make a sketch from this pic I took some years back, today was the ideal opportunity because I dont know how to draw rain thats going sideways. There are a million lane ways like this throughout Italy. If you take the photo it will bring back memories. If you then do a sketch you can almost smell the air. Almost. Sepia wash on Moleskin.