My cartoon from a printed booklet of works that was compiled from a workshop which we attended in the Centre for Cartoon Studies (in a small town called White River Junction in Vermont, US) last year. It wasn’t until @janseeart handed me our printed copy that I recall doing this. Looks pretty good after not seeing it for awhile, I wonder how I even came up with the idea?! In retrospect of what we did and learnt, @price.hilary had been an amazing tutor with some really good ideas to get us motivated and loosen up.
This was inspired by one of our walks with friends in Bradley’s Head, which we reached with the ferry across the bay from Sydney’s Circular Quay.
The sinewiness of the Australian Eucalypts suggests a characteristic wildness and spontaneity of the Australian landscape (or urbanscape). Within these wildness, it offers spaces of respite from Sydney city’s hustle and bustle.
The drawing was worked using alternating layers of pencil, Indian ink, wax, watercolour, and oil pastels.
I’m currently still working on a few more iterations, based on different materials, to express the ‘wildness’ of the atmosphere. So stay tuned for more updates!
Inspired by the evergreen and native Australian Eucalypts, and their distinctive fruits (gum nuts) as they move with the wintery wind. Exploring partial abstraction in looser strokes and bolder colours.
A part of an exploration abstract piece, based on theme of nature, which is currently work-in-progress. Working this feels like playing Jenga in 2D with colours. Mind-boggling. Something different from my usual working mediums. Any abstract artists out there with some insights to share about creating abstract art??
We passed by a grass verge littered with dried fallen leaves, and something moved within it. Who would have expected the Galahs with their brightly-coloured plumage to be so well-camouflaged while foraging! These distinctive bright pink and grey cockatoos are a common sight in most parts of Australia. The term ‘galah’ is also a derogatory Australian slang to refer to someone behaving like a ‘ fool’, ‘clown’ or ‘idiot’.
We were at a local café near Hyde Park to grab a quick sandwich and cuppa. Lucky with the weather, we sat on the outdoor bench to enjoy the sunny winter’s warmth. The Willie Wagtail which had been hopping around us for a while, boldly flitted between our feet (of colossal proportions compared to its own body). Picking on the paper-thin shredded cheese that had fallen to the ground, and quickly darting back out into its safety zone, repeatedly until it left no more cheese lying around.