The Japan Rail Pass was grossly expensive to someone used to meagre 1980s Australian animation wages but I forked over my hard earned cash anyway, for a chance to explore the length and breadth of a country I’d long wanted to see. Only available for purchase outside Japan, The JR Pass is valid on ferries and trains (even snazzy Shinkansen ‘bullet [..READ MORE..]
Sketching, painting and drawing real places.
Here’s a sketch I just scanned that was drawn last year when Julia and I went drawing in San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood. A week or two earlier we’d eaten nearby at a great little restaurant called FRANCES and we’d noticed that the neighbourhood had a lot of pretty houses, and came back later to draw the area.
Last weekend Julia and I joined some friends to sketch from the roof of their flat. Kim & Randy live over by Japantown and the view from the top of their building is stunning. There was so much to choose from to draw, that I decided to simply attempt to sketch as much as I could. We were [..READ MORE..]
A few weeks ago, Julia and I went back to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, for another free day of relaxing and sketching. On our previous visit, I sat in the mezzanine (and sketching a dodo bird) and this time I visited that exact same place, but sketched instead a view of the T-REX [..READ MORE..]
In the final days of 2015, we flew to Washington State to celebrate Julia’s birthday (which is also known as New Year’s Eve in the rest of the world). Although it was quite chilly in Washington (by Californian standards anyway) we were blessed with some beautiful sunny weather, and Julia and I both did a little sketching near [..READ MORE..]
In summer of 2015, Julia and I went to Chicago to visit her family and enjoy that great city. We both did a lot of sketching on that trip, but I only just scanned mine recently and here they are. Julia’s Sister and Brother in Law were attending an out of town wedding and we volunteered to hang with [..READ MORE..]
Last weekend Julia and I took advantage of our Neighbourhood Free Weekend at The Academy of Sciences. After doing a full sweep of the museum to scope out our targets, we went to a room full of skeletons and taxidermy where I sketched a model of a Dodo bird. The area was quiet enough that I was able to sketch [..READ MORE..]
Here are a few sketches done around San Francisco over the past few months. I’ve been spending a lot of time at the California Pacific Medical Centre‘s Castro Street branch lately, and on my way there and back I sometimes stop by the Market and Castro intersection to eat prior to riding the Muni-M line. Here are some left-handed [..READ MORE..]
Driving up Highway #1 from our visit to Monterey Aquarium, Julia and I saw a beautiful spot and pulled over to see Pigeon Point Lighthouse. This picturesque scene was made even moreso by the sight of a grey whale and her calf swimming past the lighthouse at close quarters. We enjoyed the scenery so much that we decided [..READ MORE..]
Following my recent post about sketching Monterey Bay, here’s what happened when Julia & I finally got up early enough to use our Two-Day passes to the MONTEREY AQUARIUM. I’m such a shuffling and slow walker these days, so in the interest of getting to the aquarium as soon as possible, we caught a taxi from the hotel. [..READ MORE..]