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New Zealand Sketching

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:37 am

If sketching can convey 'fun' then that is a life ambition achieved :-) Thanks Russ
Thanks too Alitogata - I think the colour is able to help with the 'fun'.

This batch
* a church made by training tree branches and roses
* the back portion of a maori store house found in the swamp near here 40 years ago and spirited out of the country. The Government bought it back from a Bolivian collector's estate for $4.5million, and it is now proudly displayed at our museum as of last month.
* Gipsy fair truck and owner
* Gipsy fair character and bus
* 1957 Vauxhall Velox wagon, at an Aussie car muster rally.
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Tree Church - south of Hamilton
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Motonui Epa
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1957 Vauxhall Velox wagon
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby mdmattin » Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:00 am

I love the tree church, intricate Maori carving and the Vauxhall Velox.
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:17 am

Appreciate the feedback Matthew (Oh king of figures and landscapes), used some heavy water colour paper for the Vauxhall. Nearly wore ourselves out on the rotating Maori panels, sketch walking for 15 min.

This round

* Band 'The Funksters' at Tupari Garden Fair
* Moving rocks at carving symposium
* Clock Tower
* War Memorial gun
* Te Henui cemetery angel
* Grave decorations
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The Funksters
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Rock Symposium
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Clock Tower
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NP Gun.jpg
105mm gun
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Te Henui Angel.jpg
One armed angel
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Grave engravings
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby Andre Jute » Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:55 am

I studied your tombstone decorations with interest, Scott: I'm planning an oil of Napoleon Bonaparte's Porto Pace in Milan, so I'm picking up tips for the carved figures where I can. Fascinating work, as always.
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby mdmattin » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:10 am

I like the Funksters. It's not easy to get a sense of a group of musicians all playing together, but you can definitely hear the music in this sketch.
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Sun May 08, 2016 5:30 am

Andre I think Napoleon's arch is several rungs up from New Plymouth tombstones :-)
Thanks Matthew, musicians are so much fun to draw, aren't they.

This round:
* Paris Plage - outdoor beach cafe - served from shipping containers
* Soldier's Cottage - 1850's
* Pridham Hall - 1918 New Plymouth Boys' High School hall, view from the cricket ground - named after the first head 1881-1911
* Pukekura Tea Kiosk - at the excellent park within the middle of the city
* Maori artifacts
* Paepae - Taranaki style - from the front bench of a meeting house (dug up in the swamp)
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Pridham Hall
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Tea Kiosk
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Artifacts
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby Andre Jute » Sun May 08, 2016 3:14 pm

Super sketches, Scott. I especially love the fisheye effect on Pridham Hall.
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby RajeshS » Sun May 08, 2016 10:32 pm

Hi Scott :) Great sketches - just as always! Vibrant, busy and just what sketches should be: Say a lot - but speak little!

(Hope my English is right - I mean to say - you use the fewest lines possible - for being able to say so much!) - none of the areas are over worked ever)

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New Zealand Sketching

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:32 am

Andre, Thanks. You are right Pridham sketch does have some wonky walls - we sat fairly closely to the building out on the cricket pitch.
Dhanyavaad too Rajesh - love your English.

This round
* The Gables a former colonial hospital
* Today - a cool blustery day outside, but warm, pleasant sketching in the hot houses of the Pukekura Park Fernery.
* Some sketching that I didn't really want to make a habit of.The nuns under the fatherly eye of the Bishop were running on treadmills - raising money for a Retreat and advertising their upcoming Operatic show - Sister Act.
* The Puke Ariki Art Market
* Part of a private collection we were invited to sketch: 1951 Chevrolet Corvette although the shiny teeth (grille) went into production later in 1953
* 1932 Chrysler Six CM two door roadster - six cylinder engine with cast iron block, 217.8 cu in 80hp Loved the chrome work around the windscreen and even the spare was a story in itself
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Gables
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1951 Corvette
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1912 Chrysler
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby RajeshS » Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:08 pm

Gorgeous cars!

The petals on those flowers!! How do you do that with markers! I'd thought watercolor was made for that kind of stuff!!

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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby Andre Jute » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:57 pm

I too love the cars. Freehanding cars with a pen is a special skill, especially vintage cars. I bet that in the 1960s/70s sketchers must have thanked Dante Giacosa, designer of the Fiat 124 that became the Lada, for creating a four-square car, easy to draw. The subtle, almost non-existent indication of colour on the Chrysler is confident and clever. I instantly saw it in the period yellow.

I wouldn't want you to think, Scott, that because I pick one piece, I consider the others lesser. For instance, I also noted the delicately shaded flower petals mentioned by Rajesh*, and many other details that sooner or later I shall "borrow". But one must distinguish between writing boringly repetitive admiration to an accomplished contributor and detailed criticism intended to help someone who needs a bit (or a lot) of practice.

*Do you carry a water brush?
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby RajeshS » Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:32 am

Yes! Andre - I do carry a waterbrush - how did you infer that? Interesting

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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby mdmattin » Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:16 am

I too, like the cars - you capture their personalities, along with enough accurate detail to identify them, without getting too fussy. I really like how the priest's head in Nun Run is completely, solidly present, with not a contour line in sight!
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby Andre Jute » Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:30 am

RajeshS wrote:Yes! Andre - I do carry a waterbrush - how did you infer that? Interesting
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I was asking Scott, because I suspect he gets those effects by applying a brush to his marker colors, and if you're carrying a pen and markers to avoid carrying water, a waterbrush is an obvious solution.

But it is interesting to know that you carry a waterbrush too, Rajesh. I don't imagine it would be that easy to infer (good word, that!) from your published sketches, because we know you use watercolours with a brush of some kind, but your brush could be anything.

+1 for water brushes; my halfpan kits use water brushes among other reasons because I hate scrubbing up paint from those pans with expensive sable brushes. A water brush lets you assemble a really small and convenient plein air kit.
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Re: New Zealand Sketching

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:37 am

Hi guys, thanks for the lively discussion.
You are both right, I always carry a water brush, in fact two med/large Pentel aquash. The ones where the caps fit snugly and don't drop off. On each petal I'd touch a marker on a small part then touching the waterbrush on the tip of the marker to get a bit more juice, then washing before the pen mark dried. Tombows being water soluble initially.
I did have problems as you can see with the lemon stripes on the side of the Chrysler. Water colours would have been better and my pen was getting a bit old. I did repair it on another version for the car owner as he was wanting to turn them into posters. I clean my water brush on a wrist cloth between colours.
As always, some sketches work, some don't. You usually know which :-)
Thanks too Matthew, I'm pretty rough with the cars, my lines are wobbly so instead I try for the end effect. As usual I start with the bit I like and want to have in it and work out from there hoping I'm scaling it OK as I go. Re the Nuns pic, I find (unlike you who can do a proper job) I have to be minimalist - fortunately it did look like the priest guy, but if I'd done any more I would have messed it up. So it is more out of desperation than good design.
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