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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

 

I can enthusiastically recommend time on Cockatoo Island. Fantastic.

And what a great feast of sketching subjects

sketch of tents

you can stay in these

and there is so so many interesting relics all over the Island … like these cranes around Fitzroy Dock:

sketch of cranes

The one of the left is a fully restored Steam Crane!

and being such a maritime environment you can sketch while you wait for the ferry:

sketch of piers

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