Archive for the ‘Sketchbook’ Category

These are a couple of 300 x 320 mm pics I painted up a couple of weeks ago for two of my friends who were over to visit – I was looking to do something bright with block colour, that was a little different from my other cartoon style work.

Sugar skulls feel like a nice lead on from the Día de los Muertos work I did last year… I always wanted to do a painted up version from the sketches I did at Outre’s Dr Sketchy class, but I’ve never really been into doing people – Skulls on the other hand, although seemingly everywhere at the moment, do work well.

I like how the resin top coat I painted on at the end has flattened out the colour even further, and how the indian ink outlining has glossed up, while most of the gouache paint has stayed matte.  Think I may need to add to this set when I find the time… Maybe with some more detailed patterns worked onto the skulls.

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This was Tui at 4am yesterday  *Well, apart from being the being a cat bit*  …Fun…

Vomit cat is actually a rather old character I came up with back when I was 19 or so.

This is how he looked the first time I drew him, on the whiteboard in the flat of the boy I rather liked at the time… Probably not so surprising that things didn’t go anywhere with the boy, though 10 years later he still remembers my little cat sketch in all its projectile glory – Even though vomit cat has never again featured with said byproduct anywhere outside my sketchbooks up until now.

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I’m currently working on a commission painting that involves native New Zealand birds.  So I started with a few sketches.  I thought I’d try out these little 10x10cm canvases to see if I could make use of the sketches after I was finished with them :

I began with a two tone background made with a print from a vintage embossed wallpaper I’ve been saving. I then built up some texture with a crackle medium that I worked back into with a chocolate gouache which I rubbed back – It gives them a bit of a worn, distressed look when you see them up close.  I added the sketches and sealed them onto the canvas with a clear layer of gloss resin, before working over top with gouache for the white highlighting on the birds and the Manuka branches.

Sweet. I like the subtle muted colours of these little pieces. May have to try out a few more with the other four pages of bird sketches I currently have!

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So my Sacred Kingfisher painting Hey little one is featured up on Felt’s homepage at the moment. One of six from my Kotare series I was working on earlier this year.

The rest of the series can be found in my previous posts : Latest offering, Kotare continued, Saturday sweetness, Productive Saturday goodness and the initial sketches in Sketch 2.0.  Loved painting these little birds… Such pretty colours!

Oh and my Moth orchid painting’s also featured up in their Christmas gift guide : Gifts for gardeners section.  So yay – Big ups to Felt for featuring my work currently!

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I spent my Sunday afternoon down at Outre Gallery on Elizabeth st sketching these gorgeous girls.  Outre collaborated with Dr Sketchy’s, Melbourne to put on a special Art Star event in celebration of their latest show Ofrendas  – Amazing prints and new paintings by American artist Sylvia Ji.Silvia’s paintings feature mysterious girls in rich colours and dramatic Dia de los Muertos decoration. Our models Vespa and Camilla were decked out in extravagant day of the dead costumes and feather headdresses to compliment her work. Seeing as I haven’t actually been to a live drawing class since first year fashion design 8 or 9 years ago, I’m pretty pleased with how my drawings turned out… In fact I even won a copy of Angelique Houtkamp’s Tattoo Darling with the top left sketch as Camillas pick of the night. It makes me wanna find a bit of time to see what these girls would look like painted up in gouache and ink – the colours and patterns combined were just stunning.

Thanks Outre and Melanie of Dr Sketchy’s for putting this cool afternoon on!

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Well here is a second sketch page out of my Moleskine – Kotare this time.               But I think I might need to do a few more before moving onto a painted version… I’m still not fully happy with the shape of them yet, Though maybe this will iron itself out when I get colour onto paper – Actually, I can’t wait for the paint part, They’re such beautiful vibrant blues and greens.

However before I get to move on to this next stage I really need to get a few of my in-progress pieces completed first… I have a really bad habit of starting a new work and getting distracted half way through, usually with visits back to Nz.                Well right now there are no trips back planned, at least for me. So I plan on working through my pile of almost-done-but-not-quite paintings. If I get a couple complete then I’ll let myself start this new project. Good incentive yeah?!

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This is a page out of my sketchbook that I did last night – Reference drawings of a Riroriro, more commonly known as a Grey Warbler.I had a rather large green bush painting, with a rather small Riroriro that I did years ago after a visit out to Kapiti Island… Only its been sitting rolled up in my parents spare room for the last couple of years. Thought I’d make use of a rather sensible idea I picked up recently – And repurpose the paper, along with parts of the background.  So now it’s four smaller pantings, that just need a few more friends adding in… Will post these up when they’re a bit more done!

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