Thursday, August 31, 2006

catching up

While I haven't ben on the net a lot lately (sorry ladies)... but I have been soring through my older sketch books & paintings... one thing that has struck me over and over again... i like a lot of my unfinished work much more than the "detailed" work... most of it will probably stay hidden but here is a simple pencil sketch that I think conveys the sensual form more strongly than a finished work might

prelim pencil sketch

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

the man with no name

Did you ever see a man
who did walk down the street
white robe with no shoes on his feet
and on top of his head place a box with two slits
and the sign from his neck said
"I do not exist"

lyric from Miserere off the CD "two shoes" by the cat empire

(please but don't try and download a free/pirate .mp3 copy of this song,, support the band... get a copy from itunes or buy the CD)

Monday, August 28, 2006

the delicacy of washes

watercolour has sort of taken over my work... yet I probably don't like it that much... it is totally unforgiving... and i have to abandon a lot of my sketches... even at the very first wash.... yet the delicacy of those first touches of the brush onto the white paper... are for me... the most powerful stage... that is when the creation works... or it doesn't

the painting then seeems to grow out of a latent image... its a kind of magic.. perhaps it is the goddess controlling what I see... or maybe how I see it... i think thats what drawing is all about seeing

Sunday, August 27, 2006


gauche on paper

Thursday, August 24, 2006

sophi's choice

I like to champion originality and creativity on the net... i worry it seems to be waning... BUT I came across carolyn's great website art for engineers... don't be discouraged by the title (ok some of you guys might have got excited, but put your tools away... ok the screwdiver & spanners) its well worth a slow and considered viewing

Carolyn's lines are beautifully sensual, and simple... yet strong & passionate, but it is her use of colour and control over watercolour that is amazing, very translucent and perfect for her art that weaves in and out of various erotica themes...and poetry... (she even uses lots of ellipsis... like me! which I am lead to believe shows she has faith in her readers)... you can even own her work at very reasonable prices.... he most compelling reason to visit her site, is her own admission "I'm just a lady who loves to draw too. ;)"

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mystery sitter

I must I've really got into the rolf harris star portrait is totally fascinating watching different artists tackling the same subject applying very difference techniques and approaches... Give a self taught old bloke a bit more confidence... and a little less inhibition to share my muddled techniques... and how i might approach sketch someone new

I generally start with some quick pencil work,... maybe a preliminary layout sketch... then something with soft pencil wher i rub in the graphic to define the shade and form... i often do a few of these

Then I might get out the watercolours and try building up the same form and shade using washes

special thanks to my anonimous sitter

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Why Wednesdays?

I was reviewing my site counter statistics and was pleased to see that my traffic is about 50% return visits... thanks for commong back folks... i hope it is still original and interesting enough for you... the other surprise was in the most popular day.... why on earth is wednesday (woden's dae) the best day to read my blog?

good hair day

love love'triangle in pencil
I'm not sure why there is such a tabu about pubic hair these days... its very natural and definitely adds to the senuality of the female form... if it does offend you I'm sorry if this is too confronting, please just go and read a different blog (and please please don't leave childish messages or send flame mail)... special thanks to love love...

love love'triangle in watercolour
watercolour on paper

Monday, August 21, 2006

Reciprocal Portrait

pencil sketch of suzi
My attempt to draw suzi (soft pencil.... drawn approx. 10 years ago

portraits of me

Whilst looking through my sketchbooks I came across a bit os nostalgia... prtraits of me by a former girlfriend (Suzi, she is the lady that encouraged m,e to become net literate and look to the net for inspiration for the on-line cartoon bar idea.... hmm still in planning)... anyway shw was a delight full of energy and always creating things. The biro sketch is a diidle she did on the first day we meet. The paper cutout was about my inner self... the clown!.... she often did cut-outs as a "party trick", and seldom took longer than a minute or too.The inner me... a clown

Friday, August 18, 2006

Inspired by form

passiflora's back
just a doddle or two is good for the mind.. thanks fr the inspiration passiflora

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

the thrill of new shoes

Being a bloke I guess I can not appreciate the excitement of a new pair of shoes... but i can worship in line the curve of the ankle... the lifting of the arch and the emphasis of legs ascending above... art is easy to find

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

direct computer art

I will have to admit I have been glued to the TV, the past two tuesdays... & i'm not normally much of a tv watcher... I am truely fascinated by Rolf Harris's Start Portraits... this week one of the artists (charlie wells) worked directly onto his computer screen with his touchpad... amazing... looks like fun

I could do that...

Well I could but maybe I need more practice

Breasts, Not Bombs

Breasts, Not Bombs
Visit Breasts, Not Bombs and consider exposing the hypocrisy of our world, show your own or encourage other to expose their breasts, it is time to get everyone thinking about life, nature, love, and peace... is that so hard?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

In trouble again!

Originally uploaded by sigh clone.
Well that was a surprise... and just because I ordered a short black with the last danish in one of the discussion streams... still life could be worse it could happen in real life... thank thank god for melbourne's coffee shops (the non starbuck kind)

Impure thoughts

Friday, August 04, 2006

Now you can see where I have been sketching

Originally uploaded by sigh clone.
I've come across a marvelous new "toy" in flickr called geotagging which means I can store the location of my sketches so you can then click on the link, like the one below, and it will take you to a map (or satellite image, if you prefer) and show you the exact location (well within a few meters)

See where this picture was taken.

Not all the sketches in my travelling pencil photoset are geotagged yet... but you might enjoy following my travels

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Too Hard to Pick

Too Hard to Pick
Too Hard to Pick,
originally uploaded by sigh clone.
This PhotoMosaic was created with fd's Flickr Toys for the next barmaid cover girl... it is too hard to pick a cover girl barmaid, this time I like all the smiles.... so everyone wins

1. at the pub.JPG, 2. Untitled, 3. IMG_1745, 4. Untitled, 5. Think of a happy place, 6. Shenanigan's Irish Pub

Barmaids cover girl(s)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Originally uploaded by skunkpiks.
There are a number of groups on flickr that has become active around the terrible things going on in the lebanon.... trouble is most are taking sides... and there is absolutely no moral grounds that either side can take.... but that doesn't mean the tragedy should be ignored here are a few groups worth some of your time, consideration & refelction

A friend returns

smiling kat in watercolour
I had a pleasant visit on my IM yesterday... from an old friend... she was as happy, chatty and could not sit still, but i still love sketching her... i especially like the pencils sketch below
smiling kat in pencil

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

webcam sketch

too hot webcam sketch
some like it hot... others t00_h0t... webcam sketch in softpencil