I did a solo trip to Cockatoo Island on Saturday. Staying with my son Ben and his wife Phoebe at Neutral Bay the wharf is not too far away. I was on a mission having immersed myself in a new book on drawing. New method, new thinking, love it.
So the plan was to be nonstop drawing … from the time I got on the first ferry till arrival back at Neutral Bay.
Materials were kept simple … one 5B .7mm Avery fat tech pencil on Moleskin with sort of yellowing pages … not sure what they call it.
After completing a little session at the Slipway area (North West) I went up to the top level, sat on an old stone wall and proceed to strip off layer after layer of clothing as the weather was clear and warm … and sketched some more:
You’ll notice some heavier lines … this is all part of the method, the envelope.
More on that tomorrow
I had to do a WHS course today and it was very interesting. In the first few minutes I sketched the teacher. It looks a little like him!
A perfect day in Sydney so why not watch the chess in Hyde Park … just behind St James station. A very colourful opponent went down to a strong ‘baltic’ tourist. Good game. Good crowd.
It takes a while sketching in public to get in the zone … once there everything else is miles away. Zen zone.
I like a clean desk top but I prefer a bit of mess. That way I can find things I was going to play with before.
With no idea what to sketch today I suddenly realised that someone was sitting still whilst reading. Totally committed to loosening up I thought I could keep the pen flying around and gradually work towards an image (I’d just been reading a Brett Whiteley book). But once again here’s a ‘tight’ result. Although it looks only a little like the subject the result was somewhat pleasing. The subject was pleased too because it was getting too hot holding the pose. Tough for a speed reader.