Even though I'm sketching at the Moturoa shops, this really is just a sketch of this awesome tree on the top of the hill.
Taranaki Sunflower Meadow
It seems that everyone from Taranaki that is on Instagram was at the Sunflower Meadow in the last few weeks. Since I also had those qualifications, I grabbed my sketchbook and checked it out too. While I was there I hammered out a pen sketch. It seemed like a good idea to colour it on the weekend that the rain flooded Auckland. It actually was pretty cool to be in a field of sunflowers (and bees).
New Zealand Holiday Camping
Taranaki Garden Festival 2022 (2 of 2)
Here's the second one that I did on the garden festival weekend but only just decided to watercolour it too. It was a breezy day and I found myself at this picnic area overlooking a stream that was out of the wind. After sketching this one, I noticed that this garden had a place where you could get scones with jam and cream. Will draw for food!
Taranaki Garden Festival 2022 (1 of 2)
I had seen that Theory Food was setting up a pop-up cafe in one of the gardens for the GardenFest. Of course I had to go and try all the cakes. While I was there, I hammered out a sketch too. I just used a pen, on location. Later, after it was sitting in my sketchbook for a while, I decided to give it the watercolour treatment on a rainy weekend.
Eat a Rainbow Fundraiser
The people at the Eat a Rainbow Foundation took over part of a bar for a fundraiser. They supply meals for families who are caring for someone in a health emergency. www.earf.org.nz
Sampling custom cocktails is a fun way to help. I also did a quick stealth sketch from the sidelines. Shoutout to the people from Idyllic, for the chat and doing a great job on their website.
Whanganui Street Corner
This one was done a couple of months ago on a weekend in Whanganui. I used my fountain pen and I thought the drawing was okay but didn't post it. On a rainy weekend at home, I remembered I had some grey markers. I gave them a try and it seems more finished now.
Here's another drawing of this robot that I love from this 1970's. I also draw it the way I want to; it's not quite the same in the cartoon. I like his feet to be a little more exposed and dangerous. Bonus School Holiday Activity: Spot 5 differences!
I'm not really sure what kind of fish these are supposed to be. I was looking at photos of different types and was choosing things I like from different species. I just felt like drawing fish. Two other things of note here is that I actually roughly used a pencil here first. I usually don't since it seems to me that I'm drawing it twice. The other thing is that I didn't use my usual ballpoint pen. This was done using a fountain pen with waterproof ink.
When I drew this lake before, I didn't draw the fountain since I didn't really know how to tackle it. The water jets change as it does its cycle. When it stops, you have to wait for some kid to push the button again. (It goes for about 2 minutes each time.) The mist goes everywhere and it just 'looks like white'. So I sort of just tried to not really draw that area, and hint a little at what was behind the water, as the trees behind it appeared through it.