Tim Mooney. Sketch by Tim Hodge

Tim Mooney is a photographer in Australia specialising in imagery for the real estate and property industries. He specialises in Aerial Photography, particularly in Sydney, Australia.

Tim has published 9 coffee table style books including Sydney Waterfronts. 

He lives in Mollymook NSW Australia which is approximately 3 hrs drive south of Sydney.

Sketching has always been part of his life with always a toe in the ‘art’ water.

So what’s Tim’s story? ….


I am a profound believer in Art Therapy. I scoffed at it like a fool until I had a profound experience nearly tens years ago. Staring at a blank canvas can be a daunting experience!

Recently I discovered the massive world of sketching as it is currentl known in the world today. In the past artists would go out to sketch scenes and bring the results back to their studios and use their field sketches as information for their major works. Still so today but just the art of sketching is a whole new ‘craz’ and I just love it.

It suites my short attention span. In 15 minutes I can nail something pleasing on the paper. Fantastic… not only but very relaxing.

A great Sydney artist, Erin Hill, has influenced me greatly in a very short time span … ‘the teacher comes when the student is ready’. Erin said in an email “It’s exactly what I love to see people doing. It has huge personal value.” And it does. Sketching gives be massive personal value.

This is my art, photography is my commerce.

So …

Why a sketch site you might ask?

Why not. They are useless sitting in a book and if you want the world to see your ‘art’ then why not via the web.

Sketching is a place I go to to relax. The focus required washes (no pun intended) away everything. 

Recently I have got more involved in sketch books and particular equipment that gives several desired effects. I spend a lot of time on the net researching things and there is a huge amount of information on all aspects of sketching. As I go forward with this site I will list the links that have helped me.

A special thanks to the Sydney Sketch Club and its members who embrace you with a wealth of knowledge.

Some advice. I asked a friend of mine in the USA what it takes to be a great sketcher ( he was a senior illustrator with Walt Disney) and he only had one piece of advice – “Stay loose”. Here’s a sketch he did of me.

This advise was a turning point for me. Just loosen up and it will come. 

Another thing I tell people is ‘Don’t try’. You see if you ‘try it’ you are not actually doing it. You are ‘trying’ to do it. Nike were right when they coined the phrase ‘Just do it’.

So go on and ‘Just Sketch it’ and Stay Loose