A vibrant JimmyB and a brand new realisation about how I see the world

  • Apr 17.

It’s a bit unusual that within the 7 or 8 sketching journeys to the Metropolis previously few months I haven’t accomplished a critical sketch of a JimmyB (James Barnet) constructing!

I feel it’s because I’ve usually been there on the finish of the day in ‘peak hour’ (rush hour) which is a bit tougher to search out a great place to take a seat and sketch. Mid-morning sketching outings usually work higher – extra solar and fewer individuals!

Final week I discovered a comfortable bench with a view of the Australian Museum and reached for my Neocolor II crayons. It felt a bit unusual to begin sketching a crisp classical constructing with crayons however I actually loved it!

I labored the sketch up with markers and watercolour (no fude this week) making an attempt to not fill within the picture as a lot as I did the week earlier than when sketching Susannah Place. I used to be additionally exploring what occurs once I use a Salmon Neocolor (a hue of sunshine worth) for the shady aspect of the constructing.

Again dwelling I made a decision for the sake of ‘sketchbook design’ so as to add some sky – however I by accident used Neocolor I and ended up with a extra stable sky than I had meant.

There’s something inherently playful about utilizing these Neocolor crayons! And as I discussed final week, it’s an ideal method for me in the meanwhile whereas I’m so hyper-focused on getting ready my Teacups course.

But it surely’s extra than simply being playful, these crayons are serving to me to discover new mark-making, new color mixtures and new textures that higher specific how I see the world. Altering my media has helped me realise that:

The extra I sketch the extra vibrant and textured the world seems to me. 

Increasing the vary of colors and textures of my supplies (particularly in regard to opacity and pastel hues) is certainly giving me extra choices. I nonetheless love watercolour greater than anything however mixing it with different media appears to narrate higher to what I’m seeing.

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