life drawing and live music

September 2011

Another Dr Sketchy’s session with the talented performer, Odile Devine; a sunny sunday sketchmeet; and another visit to the Ellington jazz club to see the superbly entertaining Beans Buma’s Boys of Rhythm!

Drawn on a nintendo DS using Colors

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sketching at the jazz club

September 2011

It is a revelation being able to draw in the dark!!  Here are sketches from three separate visits to the Ellington, the last of which was to see Sly – a mind-blowing performance.  Each player was genius.

Very nice to see Andy Fisenden back on home turf.  He gives those drums a life of their own.

(I also included a portrait from the train ride in.  I couldn’t stop staring: he reminded me of captain Haddock.)

Drawn on a nintendo DS using Colors

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sketching at AQWA

May 2011

My eyes were not built for this!  Four hours in semi-darkness, drawing mind-numbingly complicated alien fish.  Still, it was good while it lasted!

My favourites from today:

Drawn on a nintendo DS using Colors

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sketching at the zoo

May 2011

We had a large group this time, with most sketchers soldiering on for the best part of six hours!

Drawing in public with such skilled comrades is intimidating and inspiring. You should definitely try it.. unless you were there. Thanks for coming, it was awesome!

I got myself a ‘friends of the zoo’ pass, so i can save money if i go a million times in the next year.

I discovered that my conte pencil (which doesn’t smudge much because it’s HB) makes a really good wash!  I used my DS in the nocturnal house; others fared just as well with paper.

Simon and Nick have also posted their zoo sketches – really nice work!

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Dr Sketchy’s burlesque life-drawing

May 2011

Our model for this month’s Dr Sketchy was professional bodybuilder, Danka O’Mara, donning all manner of skimpy dress-ups to impress and intimidate.  After spilling my ink pen everywhere and finger-painting all over my sketchbook, i opted for my nDS to capture some of the drama.  My friend Simon has also posted some of his sketches (and an entertaining commentary) – he used a wacom tablet to get some sweet shininess happening on the Cat Woman costume.

The best part by far was the insane latex boot that caught all the lights.  This is of course arguable, especially by the boys who much preferred to focus their attention a little further up.

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disappointment tuesday

May 2011

Welcome to Disappointment Tuesday at the Art Gallery of WA.  Thanks to our footy-and-beer-loving government, our state art collection was closed to the public on three of the five days that made up a very long weekend – and this was during school holidays, when parents love to do the cultural circuit of museum, art gallery etc.  Someone pointed out that it is possible to have this small disappointment event in front of the contemporary gallery on monday, state gallery on tuesday, museum on wednesday.. in short, it is impossible to complete a tour of Perth’s cultural centre unless you come late in the week.

I came to catch some of the visitors as their plans for the next half hour unravelled, asking them to stand for a portrait. Thankyou to all the interesting people who stopped to talk to me, and especially to the generous lady who gave me some cash even though i was not busking.

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the art show and the car park

April 2011

The launch of swancon36/natcon50 included a retro-futuristic art show called Future Imperfect.  You can download the catalogue and see the other works here.  The opening speech may not have been fantastically relevant, but the crowd seemed entertained.  By far the best part of the night was the carpark.  That might sound terrible; just wait until you see the photos!

Our theory is that the janitor got locked down there and went mad.  Nothing fancy, but it’s a start.

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kickstart youth market

April 2011

My friend and i decided to put up a stall at the Propel Youth Arts market.  As an entry-level event, it was fun and relaxed with live entertainment all day.  There was an emphasis (a workshop even) on creating an attractive stall.  We acted completely on impulse and spent the night before the market making cardboard mountains.  Renae does not recommend operating hot-glue guns when tired.

My abominations take a long time to make and subsequently have a steep price tag.  Predictably, i did not sell any that day; but in the last hour i decided to do quick-and-cheap portraits – a far more lucrative endeavour!  Now if only i had done that all day..

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recent sketches march/april

April 2011

out and about: a sari, an army, a long and pointless bus trip, and a friend’s kitchen.

Drawn on a nintendo DS using Colors

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one of these days

March 2011

i will figure out how to spend less time fixing websites.

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