November 13, 2011
Pen and ink, with just a touch of watercolour.
This is my entry in Anna Denise’s Moleskine for the portrait party exchange (mxportraits1.blogspot.com/). This is part of the international moleskine exchange (www.flickr.com/groups/moly_x).
October 31, 2010
This is my latest portrait for the Portrait Party Moleskine Exchange: http://mxportraits1.blogspot.com . Robin, on the right, is the owner of this sketchbook. The little birds came about because of the paint spots Jan (previous artist) left for me to work with. The dress is new.
In other news, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. I am looking forward to it, and trying not to resent it a little because I was just getting back into the short story swing. I submitted 2 tonight: M (epistolary Australian vampire/thumbelina fable, although one of the very kind people who critiqued it at the last minute said it reminded her more of the Gingerbread Man) for an anthology, and that Australian Scarlet Letter/Cinderella/St George story E&tF which I hope finds a home, poor thing.
October 29, 2010
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Earlier this year, Rita de Heer asked me to draw a portrait of her, based on reference photographs, which she could use in a range of sizes and formats. After discussing the details, she sent through the photos and I prepared a number of very quick digital thumbnails sketches.
Rita liked the black and white, but wanted images to reflect her land care activities. I did a pencil sketch and drew the portrait (above right) with a dip pen and ink. Unfortunately, the flowers at the left were easily confused with a noxious weed, so I picked a grevillea flower in the station carpark, drew that and then replaced it digitally. I also moved the butterflies around and added the black background. This let me rearrange the elements to suit a range of sizes, and the butterflies and frog (I am very fond of the frog) were suitable as thumbnail images.
Here is the final portrait at its full dimensions:
I enjoyed this project, and it was an opportunity to try out several approaches I’ve been wanting to use. The scattering of flowers and butterflies is loosely inspired by a vase my mother has, and the linework with black background is a style I admire for portraiture.
June 17, 2010
Here is my entry in RebelPapa’s moleskine for the portrait party exchange (http://mxportraits1.blogspot.com/). This is part of the international moleskine exchange (http://www.flickr.com/groups/moly_x).
What I took away from this experience was *not* to do self-portraits in a hurry in ink without sketching in pencil first while my sister tries to make you decide what film to watch.
October 20, 2008
I’m back on deck and catching up with moleskine exchanges. This is cross-posted from the Moly_X Portrait Exchange One. You can click on the picture to see it larger on its Flickr page.
Vast Expanses of Blue
My contribution to the sign in page for Marina’s moly – I can dance, but I can’t dance well!
Self portrait executed in broad strokes (and illustrating the dangers of using flash photographs for reference).
When doodling gets out of hand.
September 8, 2008
The weekend before last I made some wonderful (i.e. more interesting than expensive) finds at the vintage stores in Paddington, including these photo postcards. There were many of them, but these were the ones which caught my eye. To see larger versions, click on the photo which will take you to its page on Flickr.
The first is the girl who inspired last week’s Illustration Friday picture. She has such an odd sweet face, and looks like she should be in a Tim Burton film.
And this is the marvellously horizontal hairstyle which caught my attention first of all the cards.
The next two postcards are printed on stock from different companies, but they look like the same woman, which might be the case since they were in the same shop. Her name is probably Nellie (unless it was common to write “love [your name]” on the back of photos of other people). I’m not quite sure if its a photo or a scarf around her head in the first photo. I do like her coat, but my father says her hat could be problematic in a high wind.
This couple, writing from South Australia, are concerned about the health of Bert. I hope he pulled through.
I also bought a few books and will post about them later (I’ve already scanned them, so that is not as empty a threat as it sometimes is).
August 31, 2008
On a carless Saturday, I set out to walk to Paddington and was pulled into a passing station wagon and taken off to Toowong to have crepes for breakfast. Cheryl kindly took me back to Paddington afterwards, and we had coffee and fine English chocolates and in an vintage shop I found a basket of antique photograph postcards: a young couple in a buggy, a distinguished Edwardian lady, a girl with a startlingly horizontal hairstyle and a young woman with a sweet haunted face that looks like she should feature in a Tim Burton film. Apart from the young couple, who had written a letter enquiring after the health of Bert, there was no clue as to who they might be.
When I took the cards to the counter, the elaborately eccentric proprietor (pearl chokered and velvet hatted, with fabulous eye makeup and all her cash in a large embroidered bag) asked me what I planned to do with them – frame them and pretend they were my family? I confessed I hadn’t decided and she said that is what she does, and her walls at home are covered with other peoples’ wedding pictures and she creates a family for herself of all those images of people forgotten but not gone.
Comments and critique are always appreciated – I am still learning many things, including how to balance light and dark when working in scratchboard!
August 10, 2008
My first entry for moly_x_32 was featured on Moleskinerie!
This is a cross-post from moly_x_portrait1. To see larger versions/detail, click on the image to go to its Flickr page and then click on “all sizes” above the picture.
My entry in Jan’s moleskine – Jan right side up and me up side down. I continued some of the patterns and words from her entry.
The full spread to-date.
My contribution to the mix & match sign-in page.
July 31, 2008
I mentioned the portrait party exchange the other day. Jan’s moleskine has arrived at my parent’s place, as it has a rather less soggy mailbox, and as I am going to Sydney this weekend I can’t see it or any of my other packages! All those lovely packages, so near and yet so far away.
Anyway, another new project is Moly_X_32: The 32nd International Moleskine Exchange. I hope to have a picture up of my contribution to that very soon. In the meantime, and in the interests of keeping these things in one place, here is a cross-post of my first entry – but do visit these blogs and/or flickr pages to see what everyone is doing! (Do go look at Marty’s picture Night Job - his raccoons are wonderful).
28 July 2008 Introducing Tanaudel
Hi all! Robin suggested we introduce ourselves, so I’ll jump in now. I’m Kathleen from Brisbane, Australia and I can be found at http://www.flickr.com/tanaudel and http://tanaudel.wordpress.com/.
I’ve been doodling for a long time, drawing every day since 1/01/2007 and keeping a moleskine sketchbook since 10/2007 when I used one for my travel sketchbook/diary when I went to the USA for three weeks (that set is on Flickr here: USA 2007 Moleskine). My second and latest travel journal was for a trip to Vanuatu but that is still being uploaded. I’ve also been participating in Illustration Friday for some time and that with sketching and reading (especially James Gurney’s blog) have been a good education, although I hope to continue to learn a lot more.
I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does for this theme!