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NZ Sketcher Overseas - travel sketching

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:49 am

TRAVEL SKETCHING
I enjoy sketching whilst traveling. A lot can happen in half an hour, kids peer over your shoulder and chat to you in their language – you chat back in yours, you learn a little of the architecture, toilets flush, people amble by, dogs sniff your feet, a man might come over and offer you a glass of hot apple tea and with a gesture to show it’s a gift.

Sketching certainly breaks down language barriers and you become a different kind of tourist.

One thing I’ve found helpful when travel sketching is to overcome being self-conscious. I can still recall that occasion for me when in Rarotonga when I was drawing a row of utes (pick-ups) under the coconut trees at the airport. With quite a crowd around and I could hardly see the view anymore, and it wasn’t an especially good sketch yet they didn’t seem to mind. They were just curious (as we would be when we see a sketcher). It no longer became a problem.

If it turns out rotten, you can always flick back to a couple of earlier sketches to share which you feel better about.
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Autorickshaws, Mumbai
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Flinders St 07 (Small).jpg
Flinders St Station, Melbourne, a pretty old lady. I used to sit under the clocks as a boy
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Notre Dame Small.jpg
Hopefully you can guess where this is by the hunchback
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Roussillon (Small).jpg
Roussillon, Provence, where ochre for paints is mined
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Amsterdam Small.jpg
Amsterdam
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Abbaye de Senanque (Small).jpg
Abbaye de Senanque midst lavender in Provence
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Patio do Colegio Sao Paulo (Small).jpg
Patio do Colgio, Sao Paulo
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Donkey (small).jpg
Cartagena, Colombia, the donkey's name was 'Faith in God' and it looked like he lived up to it with the loads of concrete he carried
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Asakusa small.jpg
Asasuka Temple, Tokyo
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Postby swanaria » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:16 am

Nice job on all of these. I love the bottom one, with the purples. Had to laugh about being self conscious but flipping to work you prefer, if someone is peering over your shoulder.
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:22 am

Hi Swanaria

The drawing below was the very one I spoke of - you can see it was a bit dodgy. I had only just taken up sketching and was only using kids felts.

Hopefully I've progressed a bit. But it was a memorable sketch because of the moment and I'm surprised I still had it.

Actually having some slightly better ones to flick back to is comforting even if you don't need to. It's really just developing the confidence. However I'm probably speaking to the converted
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Utes lined up at the Western Samoa Airport using kids felts.
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Postby swanaria » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:11 pm

thanks for the reply...I think it's a great sketch on the go so to speak.
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Postby Russ » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:19 am

Nice fresh style! I was particularly interested in the Asakusa sketch since that is one of my favorite places (for sketching and just wandering) sort of my default position when I don't know where to go on a day off. The atmosphere is always real and down to earth.
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:20 am

Hi Russ,
Yes although touristy, it still has charm. There are an amazing amount of fiddly bits to draw on Japanese buildings, bad enough for us sketching, let along for the blokes who had to build them.

Here's a couple more from other trips
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You'll no doubt know this one too
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The big sandle!
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Postby swanaria » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:06 pm

wow, wow, love that bottom sketch.
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Japanese Temple

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:24 am

Thanks,

Interestingly the large thing hanging from the outer wall of the temple in the last pic is some sort of giant pilgrim's rope sandle. (I'm sure Russ will know the background)
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Postby Russ » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:16 am

That's right, it's a huge sandal. I believe it allegedly belonged to a deity since most Japanese tend to have small shoe sizes. :) It's made of straw, which is the way most Japanese sandals were made in the past. My wife's mom still makes them -- in regular human sizes, and sells them on the internet!

I've sat on my stool under those sandals in the past, while sketching other parts of the area. I wonder how many tourist photos I'm in because of this.
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Postby Troy » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:47 pm

I love the splashes of color, especially in the first one (autorickshaws?) and the Amsterdam bikes. They're really eye catching!
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Postby mathomas » Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:31 am

TaranakiSketcher:

You have an appealing style and I like your spare color. Keep up the good work.
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:59 am

Thanks guys.

With the autorickshaws, it was an extremly hot day, sweat dripping from my brow, and behind them were some black plastic, corrugated iron and bamboo structures, I then had a few onlookers who thought I was some sort of slum inspector because they weren't legal, however I managed to dispel the rumour by showing a few sketches.

Below is more what you imagine the traditional rickshaw to be, this one in Kuala Lumpur
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Chinese Rickshaw
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Postby mathomas » Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:27 am

Hey, that technique looks familiar. Looks great. Glad you tried it!
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:40 am

More examples of travels to add. One of which uses the same technique as the traditional rickshaw
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Sydney Opera House small.jpg
As I drew this distinctive view, a panting person ran up to me, thrust a pen and paper and asked me to draw it again. 'Colour, it must have colour, we get more marks for that'. 'And if anyone else asks for one, don't do one' and he pulled out a $10 (whic
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Louvre small.jpg
A scene that many of you will recognise. The controversial pyramid at the Louvre.
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I was working at a plant in the Indian countryside when at lunch time all the cows would gather under the shade just outside the front gate by the road
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Yu Yuan Garden small.jpg
Yu Yuan Gardens in the midst of Shanghai. Each courtyard wall had a different dragon draped along the top, a sleeping dragon, a fierce dragon and so on.
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Sloten small.jpg
Sloten, a distinctive Dutch town in Friesland with its step gables and clock gables
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St Marys by the Sea small.jpg
St Marys by the Sea, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. Certainly a pretty view looking right out to sea from within
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Indianapolis s small.jpg
4th of July, from the top of an old Glove Factory overlooking Indianapolis
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Postby mdmattin » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:11 am

Very nice. I really like the way you balance open space with intricate detail. Even your early one of the utes has that quality.
I've also encountered suspicion from parties who projected their guilty consciences onto my inquisitorial sketching presence. I was sketching a gas station in Chelsea, Massachusetts with a friend, when the station owner came out and began swearing at us because he thought we were agents of a local alderman who wanted him to get his illegally stored auto carcasses of the premises.
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