Category Archives: Art

Recent drawing

Recent drawing

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my sketching that I try to do regularly. These pieces are not works of art, but practice – I attend a life drawing session once a week to get practice in. It’s certainly starting to come together now.

Here are a few of my latest sketches.

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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Drawing


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Painting with Red Wine

Painting with Red Wine

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking – what a waste of good wine.

I am involved in a weekly life drawing group and each session does involve wine. Last week I decided to take along a watercolour brush and see what would happen if I used red wine in the same way that I would use watercolour paints.

I think it turned out alright.


I’m not the best artist in the world, and I’ve only recently started using watercolours, but I was happy with the result.

I used pencil to sketch the outline and then filled in the detail with the wine. I had a glass of wine beside me that I was drinking, and simply dipped the brush into it loading the brush with the wine. I was fairly generous because the colour was actually pretty faint on the first run and it ran out pretty quickly.

Similar to normal watercolours, I found that the first pass was nice and light, but that you could create darker colours by going over the light areas again. I used watercolour paper, but it was fairly cheap stuff so the result may be better with good paper.

There wasn’t that much spread of the wine and I only used a small brush so there seemed to be a fair bit of control.

This was done quite quickly as there was a life model with limited time frame poses, so I didn’t let it dry as much as I could have. I also didn’t tape the paper down, so there is a bit of wrinkling. I also think that other textures may be achieved by wetting the area first to let the wine soak in a bit more, but I didn’t try that.

Obviously, there is only one colour, but the layering allows a bit of depth to that colour. I think that different types of wine may give different hues, but I haven’t experimented outside of this one painting.

All in all, I was happy with the result and may try it again in future.


Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Art, Painting


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These are some pictures I took with my new camera. It’s a Canon DSLR (650D, I think). I’m still getting used to it, but enjoying playing.





































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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Photography


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Weather/Cityscape photos

I’m lucky enough to be on level 45 in a huge building in the city. The view is great. There was a massive storm coming in so I took a few photos trying to capture something cool. My camera isn’t really high tech enough to do what I wanted, but some of the shots turned out alright.


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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Photography


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Art update

Okay, I’m sorry. It’s been ages since I’ve had an update. Leave me alone, I’ve been busy. : p

Here are a bunch of pieces that I’ve done lately…

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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Drawing


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More random photography

I went for a walk at lunch the other day in Hyde Park in the city. I took some photos that I thought were interesting. I also played with the camera a bit. Here are the results…

Then I started playing around with fountain shots and changing the speed on the camera to see if I could get different effects…

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Photography


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Drawing 16 April, 2012

It’s been a week or so, but here are some drawings from my last session at life drawing… (sorry for the blurry photos)

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Drawing


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More Arty Photos

More Arty Photos

I missed a couple of photos when I uploaded the last lot.

These were from the same weekend, etc, and complete the series for this blog. Overall I was happy with how they turned out. I may do a photography course at some point in future and see if I can explore this sort of stuff more. Anyway, the missing shots…

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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Photography


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Arty Photos

Arty Photos

Okay, I had a weekend away recently and wanted to have a bit of a play with some arty photos. The idea is all about composition and interesting textures – the camera itself is a point and click self focus thing, not too flash, but fairly good quality.

Anyway, these were the shots I thoughts turned out well – enjoy!

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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Photography


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Drawing Update 3 April

Drawing Update 3 April

Pics from drawing last night…


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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Drawing


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