Cathy has won the book with the toned pages. Congratulations Cathy.
There is also a runner-up. I have another book with plain pages in a different style and I don’t seem to have a photo of it. Julia has won that. As soon as I get the opportunity, I will photograph it and you can see it.
Sorry to those who missed out. A good result though – one winner in the USA and one in Australia.
This sketch is another of my Australian native plants. I do not know what this one is called. The colours in the one in this picture are more true (lots more yellow). I used the Copic Multiliner in olive, and added some Tombow is the yellow and lime.
This is different type of banksia. I did it with the fine end of Tombow pens. Of course, the fine end of a Tombow is not as fine as the Copic Multiliner (or Pigma Micron, Artline etc). It achieves what I’m trying to avoid for the purposes of this 75 day challenge – using the colour to add tone. I prefer to use fine lines rather than blocks of colour for the present. That said, it turned out OK. I love the way the leaves spiral around the flower, and I think I’ll sketch another one with the Copic Multiliners one day soon.
If you haven’t yet entered the book giveaway, please do. You have to comment on the 500th post, not this one. Large numbers of people were looking at my blog last weekend, so maybe we have a lot of weekend bloggers, because strangely numbers are down this week. Chances are all the better for those who have commented. I’m not going to extend the time because I have a house guest arriving on Friday and I want to have this all sorted before he comes.
Last week I went to draw at the National Maritime Museum with Alissa. It was a beautiful day after a long winter, so we chose to sit outside & draw something from the heritage fleet.
This is HMAS Vampire. I liked the way the shadows were falling on the bow. In my youth I knew some sailors from the Vampire – my flat mate had a boyfriend from her home town who was on board. Now the ship is in a museum. Weird.
I was using a Tombow pen then a waterbrush to stretch out the shadows. At home I put a wash of battleship grey on the hull. The actual grey on the ship had a lot of yellow in it, but I had to be a bit careful translating that to paint or I’d have had a yellow ship.
I went to Batubulan to buy this little statue. I don’t know which of the gods of the Hindu pantheon it is supposed to be (if any) because the people didn’t speak English well enough to understand my question. Anyway he has a benevolent face and very strange hands and feet. I carried him back on the plane from Bali in my hand luggage wrapped in my beach towel. He’s not much more than a foot high but my golly he is heavy. He lives in my courtyard now & is getting up a nice coating of moss in some places.
I drew him with a Tombow pen then put in the shadows by wetting with a waterbrush. The pale green is a little watercolour to show where the mossy areas are.
This EDiM was to draw somebody doing something. It was either work from a photo, or a cat sleeping (and we’ve done that.)
I went through my photos and came up with this one I took at a cremation in Bali. It was a very large cremation, in the sense that many people were being cremated on the same day. It was very simple – no bulls, or towers. Everything was quite plain and made from bamboo and grasses. The offerings were simple, as well, with no fruit, flowers, chickens, or gold leaf.
It was at Penestanan, above Ubud, and was very picturesque winding its way through the trees. Sad though, knowing that even for this simple cremation, and sharing costs, the families would have had to save up for a long time to fulfil their obligations.
I used my Lamy Safari pen, then added colour with Tombows.
We went to Darling Harbour near the Maritime Museum on Saturday with the Sydney Sketch Meetup group. It was a perfect day – 22 degrees. Maybe winter will be over soon. This is my third drawing and the one I’m happiest with.
With my first drawing I went straight in with the pen and the proportions weren’t correct. But once you’ve done those pen strokes, you have to go with it. So the next drawings I made some rudimentary marks to get the proportions correct before I drew.This red one took 45 minutes. A lot of that time was in putting on more and more red. The ship was bright glowing vermilion.
This drawing was from the other side of the same ship and it was done before the redder one. I experimented with a new Tombow pen I’d bought on Friday. I want to use my Tombow pens in this sketchbook, but I needed a pale grey for the shadow. I did the drawing in pen with grey Tombow first, then added colour.
The Bareki was actually the first drawing of the day, and the one when I learnt that with ships, it was best to put pencil proportions in first. I will try to draw it again one day soon. I have drawn a few ships in the last 12 months or so and they are more difficult than they look.
Some months ago I bought this book Painting & Drawing Boats and I can really recommend it. In fact anything by Moira Huntly I have three of hers now.