Monday, December 28, 2009

A little late but better than never

Some images get lost along the way, they get buried under a pile of other things like deadlines or little doodles and simply never see the light of internet. I have a small collection of these...most of them half finished. If I have a new years resolution it is to get all my stuff out there and not leave it sitting on my desktop for months. Thankfully this one only got delayed by a day due to scanning lag.

I had great fun with the middle girl's shoes but she was a constant fidget! Which resulted in the plethora of hands. Her friend was slightly more subdued but I still managed to get three variations from her. But by the time I got to my third person I thankfully found a very calm and stationary uncle. Thank you to all the people who study, read and use the 'free internet' at coffee shops. You are the best drawing subjects.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sketching at Ion

More sketching, keeping the fingers limber. This one was penned out in a new location but in the same chain. Coffee Bean at Ion is fairly easy to find, considering everything else in Ion isn't. It's just one floor down on the escalators near the giant ... seed pod/avocado statue.

I decided to focus on people for this image. I was too tired to draw out coffee merchandise/furniture at the time and I've also been having the best time drawing hair with my muji pen. It's a sexy little biro encased in a 'silver' hexagonal casing. Thinner than your average biro (and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!) I'm sold several times over! So was the person who stole my first muji pen. Damn stationery thieves with taste.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Experimental sketches

I decided to try something a little different with my last cafe sketch and added a dash of painting to the mix. Recently some other friends/artists I know have been working on mixed media, like Matt Huynh. Although I must say he combines his wet and dry mediums in a slightly more interesting manner. But nonetheless I felt inspired to try as well.

Part of me likes this image,
and another part isn't too sure.

I overworked the left hand section near the front man's head. But there are still parts I really love. Like the woman in the sari, the lead up of the stools to the girl typing and the various lamps. Hopefully next time there will be a more significant ratio.

Location: Singapore, Vivo, Pacific Coffee Company (not so great coffee...)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sketching at Starbucks

First sketch of the 'holiday', a tad rusty but it was fun to start drawing from life again. Hardest part was definitely mixing and matching people and merging spaces, forgot how fast people drank coffee in Singapore compared to the leisurely pace kept in Sydney. Most enjoyable part of the picture was definitely trying to get the girl's hair right.

Hopefully this will be one of many to come,
before the Christmas crowds get too intense

Monday, December 7, 2009

Things I've been up to

I've been fairly quiet about what's been happening to me so far so I'm just giving a quick update. I've been discovered! by Blanket, an amazing online magazine. I entered some of my black and white work for the appropriately titled black and white issue. I've also been in a curated group exhibition at the Kudos Gallery again imaginatively titled 'Kudos'. No prizes but a little birdie told me that the judges did like my work. :)
And a few weeks ago, in time for the Spring Fair at Cofa (college of fine arts) I made a small free zine with a few friends helped out by Cofa's amazing double page + stapling printer.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More Prints

Yes, he is fishing with paper boats. No, do not ask me why. But sleep deprivation and surfing on google images has you coming up with some strange things.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Printed portraits

I've been doing a few etchings recently to make use of the printing studios at my University before they close down for the holidays. As you can see it's mostly experimental stuff, not the usual tightly and neatly drawn etchings I'm used to doing. These portraits are sort of overflow inspiration from some of my charcoal work which I hope will be finished sometime early next year if I get a studio space. Otherwise will update you with a few close ups and process works as I go along.