Perth’s water main replacement….

I joined the Perth Plein Air Painters briefly this morning in Mount Hawthorne, most people were painting the street scene but I chose to paint the lovely bright yellow earth mover (Daniel Smith – Hansa Yellow Medium) and workmen who were busy replacing Perth’s 100 year old water mains. There is digging all around the city at the moment….huge new pipes being lifted up and then fed down a hole in the foreground….presumably to join up with another piece of the pipe puzzle.

#OneWeek100PeopleSymposium

Last week’s sketches for the #OneWeek100PeopleSymposium event (the world wide Urban Sketchers Symposium is happening right now in Chigaco). I sat in the Urban Orchard next to the Art Gallery of Western Australia and sketched a steady stream of people going to and from the Perth City train station towards Perth Cultural Centre. When you actually look closely at people walking you begin to notice the huge variety of body shapes, different clothing styles and range of walking gait that each person has. These are only quick gestural scribbles done over about an hour, no detail just body shapes. Lots of fun.

Fishing Cottesloe Groyne

Watching the fishers at Cottesloe Groyne today, the guy in the foreground didn’t have much luck, the fish weren’t biting for him. But one of the fishos further along the groyne started reeling herring in one after the other – the school of fish was clearly visible, shining just under the surface, it was just about impossible not to catch fish today. Apparently the secret to catching herring is….. low tide, a generous amount of burley made with leftover roast chicken fat and a fair amount of luck!

Here’s what you can catch…..fresh herring….

#TypeClubWA – workshop at Claremont Goods Shed

At the Claremont Goods Shed this morning for a gathering of the #typeclubwa – people interested in hand lettering, font styles and graphic design. Lots of different types of pens, brushpens, textas, pencils, watercolour – creating lots of different writing styles…. some curly and wandering…. others angular and edgy. I had fun scribbling on the paper covered table but even more fun sketching the people down the table as they created their “words of art”.

#OneWeek100People2017

My collection of sketches for the #OneWeek100People2017 challenge….all drawn from life at the beach/coffee shop/on campus. Overall I’m quite happy with the sketches…given that they’re all real quick scribbles…the photos below are random. I started drawing with ink in my favourite TWSBI fountain pen but soon switched to a neutral grey Inktense pencil which is quite soft and gives better variety of line weight – light grey to deep darks – better for quick sketching. I feel I definitely improved my sketching techniques….having to draw quickly there is less time to get caught up in detail.