The countdown is on for Paul Wang's visit to Sydney and our Expressive Urban Sketching workshop at Cockatoo Island on Friday 21-Saturday 22 March.
It is really exciting to have people from various parts of Australia coming- regional New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. And we also have a USKer from Montreal Canada coming! So it is going to be a week of sketching as well as the workshop and a open sketchcrawl on the Saturday evening on the island. If you are in Sydney and want to come along keep an eye on the USK AUS blog - details will be posted there.
I thought I would share a few recent sketches that I did on the island. It is such a perfect place to sketch - such variety of subject matter, lots of interesting cranes, machinery, rusty texture and interesting juxtapositions of industrial and historic buildings…and it is normally very peaceful with lovely views across Sydney Harbour. On a beautiful day the setting can't be beaten!
I was really trying in these sketches to explore ways of capturing the texture and colours of the place on my page. To see more you can check them out on my blog here and here and also read about my excitement in taking a larger sketchbook with me. I am really finding that I prefer to work in an A4 sketchbook these days (using the A4 moleskine watercolour book). The extra size helps my work flow better...but on a windy day it can be hard to hold down such as this sketch below when it was blowing a gale and very challenging to sketch!
Anyway - I will be posting updates during our USK AUS sketching week. We often feel so remote from the rest of the world, down here in 'down under', and rarely get any USKers popping by… so we are very excited about this event. Amazingly we have a few USKers visiting next week (just beforehand! - I love all this activity!)
There is no doubt that being able to share our work on blogs and facebook etc and be part of this amazing global network online is very special - but it is when we meet other people in real life that share the same love of sketching, and get to meet the person behind the work, that I think the real USK buzz is generated.