Oct 26, 2010

Oct 12, 2010

Sculpture drawings

I had a lecture for Uni on at the National Gallery of Australia today, so I went early, sat in the Sculpture Garden and did some sketches. To the soundtrack of the Carillion's bells, which was rather blissful!

Aug 9, 2010

Eclectus Parrot

I finally got a printer and scanner, and it's so pleasant knowing I don't have to drive to Uni any time I want to print something! So here is the first picture from my sketchbook, scanned!

This is the male Eclectus Parrot. The female is just as beautiful, she's bright red and blue!

Jul 22, 2010

Warming up

It has been a while, but I've been drawing again. Just little things, adapted from pictures in books.

The first was this figure.

And then, feeling like my drawing hand was warmed up again, this finch.

It's a good feeling to be drawing again. :)

Apr 1, 2010

White Rose

This is the exercise we did in the final week of my botanical drawing course - though I missed two weeks due to being in New Zealand visiting family.

The idea was to use the white of the paper to represent the whitest part of the flower, and only paint the shadows.

Mar 11, 2010

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Last night's painting exercise was to cut a photo of a flower in half, then paint the discarded half, finishing the image. This is the result.

Mar 10, 2010


I went to the Botanical Gardens today. After wandering around for half an hour, listening to and looking at the birds, I went to my favourite part of the gardens - the rock pool. I found some lizards sunning themselves. Drawing lizards is good, because they hardly move! However, I was so engrossed in drawing these two lizards that I didn't see the rest of the family around them! I lost count at 17, water dragons about the length of the tip of your fingers to your elbow.

Mar 4, 2010


Painting with watercolours doesn't give me as much control as pencils do, so it's been a bit of a learning curve this week. The exercise we did in class was about going from light to dark, but I haven't posted that here. These are just little doodles I've been doing, one before (above), and one during class last night.

I hope I get better at this. Practice, practice, practice.

Feb 25, 2010

Botanical Drawing Class

I've enrolled in a Botanical Drawing and Watercolour course. It started last night, and here are the results. Next week we start with watercolours.

I'm frustrated with the horrible quality of the images - I don't have a scanner, which means I have to take a photograph of the drawing, then edit the levels in Photoshop.