Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Plymouth Airport (NPL)

If you are ever sketching people at an airport and you hear someone using a phone say, "Where are YOU?.. I'm at the airport... You haven't left yet?" This means that they are there way too early and are about to not only move, but go back home.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Tasty sketch destination for Auckland sketchers

Urban Sketchers Auckland met at Mercury Plaza recently for the monthly Urban Sketchers meet. Meeting inside a warm food hall was an excellent choice given the storm raging outside.

After nailing some spicy Korean beef I started drawing with my Noodlers fountain pen, but the ink almost immediately ran out — should have checked that first eh! Thankfully Esther lent me her Parka pen and I soon got into the groove of drawing with it. My Noodlers pen is designed to flex and give a wide variation in line width but I didn't want to damage Esthers nice writing pen so I sketched lighter and sketchier than usual.

The ink in the pen was Parker writing ink and it's water soluble, so rather than apply watercolour over the linework as I would normally do, I used a wet water brush to activate the ink and create tone —  unpredictable but a lot of fun.

Auckland Urban Sketchers meets the last Saturday afternoon of every month and you're welcome to join us. Check the Facebook page for the next venue and times.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Drawing Fire Engines

Last month the Wellington group met in a warehouse in Lower Hutt to draw Matt Silver's fire engine collection.  Matt is passionate about fire engines and has been collecting fire engines and fire fighting memorabilia for 35 years.  He recently decided it is time concentrate on other areas of his life and sell the lot.  Andrew, one of the sketchers in Wellington contacted Matt and arranged for us to draw them before they are sold.  It was interesting to hear Matt talk about his collection and decision to sell.  The days was sunny and Matt kindly parked two of his engines out in the sun out in front of the warehouse fpr us to draw.

It was a really enjoyable afternoon.  Thanks to Matt for opening up his collection to us and sharing his interesting story, and to Andrew for organising.  You can read more about Matt and his collection in a newspaper article here.

A lovely 1966 Commer rural fire engine.

1977 Dodge detail.

The groups efforts

Matt is the tall one in the black tee shirt and jeans.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fix and Fogg

The Fix and Fog peanut butter shop.  It's really just a window onto a lane off Eva Street.  They sell their peanut butter direct to customers and also sell peanut butter on toast and filter coffee.  The day I drew this it was sunny and warm and was a nice place to be.  I drew this during the Wellington sketching weekend back in March.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Len Lye Selfies

What to do on a New Plymouth weekend? Take a selfie in the stainless steel surface of the Len Lye Centre. (Long exposure, above, and short exposure, below. The third one was from about 18 months ago.)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Chinese Garden

Here's my sketch from the Chinese Garden, here in New Plymouth. I did the watercolour on the mid-left a while ago and the top-right one was sketched by Scott Wilson. It shows me sitting in the pavilion, getting the one last sunburn of the summer.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Let's Sketch Wellington - March 2018

A selection of photos taken at the sketching weekend in Wellington last month.  It was a fun weekend.  About a dozen sketchers took part, sketching in Aro Valley, Cuba Street and Oriental Parade.  It was good to catch up with the sketchers from out of town, as well as the Wellington folk including some new faces.