Cockatoo Island in the rain.

machine_brownSaturday was the ‘Crane Crawl’ at Cockatoo Island. The weather wasn’t promising but I wanted to go anyway. At Cockatoo Island the sky was dark, so rather than start to sketch and get rained on before I was finished, I went straight to the Industrial Precinct. I’ve only sketched inside there once before and was longing to do it again.

machine_redEven while I was doing my first sketch, the rain came down and was hammering on the tin roof. I love sketching these old machines. I wish I knew what they were for. The top one is a bit like the Beam Benders but not as big, and it has a wonky ‘bender,’ if that’s what it is.

For the next machine I chose a red background. I am jumping around in my book of toned paper.cupboard I chose a nice industrial brown for the first one, but then I wanted to keep the day’s sketches together as a group. What do you think this machine does? Maybe the wheel at the top lowers the head and it cuts metal between those two wheels. There is a bit of commonality between this and a sewing machine.

My last sketch of the day was this little grouping of a cupboard, some boxes and a thingy. I was running out of time, and chose something without a lot of ellipses.

We got soaked waiting to get on the ferry to go home (all those people disembarking at Cockatoo Island in the pouring rain!) But we had a great day sketching and I wouldn’t have missed it. Can’t wait to go back. All sketches with Lamy Safari pen, and Prismacolour pencil(s) on Canson paper.


Filed under Cockatoo Island, drawing, Lamy Safari, Prismacolour pencils, sketchbook, sketching, Urban Sketchers Event, working harbour

3 responses to “Cockatoo Island in the rain.

  1. These are really beautiful, Wendy. I do love old machinery like this, as you obviously do too, and I like to wonder about their previous existence. Great sketching!

  2. CrimsonLeaves

    Wow! Three fabulous drawings and I do love the colors and medium you chose. The red piece is super eye-catching, Wendy! It sounds like a fabulous day. I found myself thinking that I’d have had a heck of a time with these as I’d have been trying to capture every screw in the thing.

  3. I love the pieces of machinery done on the toned paper. Glad you had such a great day in the rain.

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