The title of this series of quick sketches is “Woman trying to cool herself down without (completely) waking up”.
‘The Female Radiator”
‘The Female Radiator”
It’s school holidays, we’ve moved house recently, and I’m working on one of my most important projects: connecting my kids with new local friends before school starts at the end of the month. Today… PLAY DATE.
For those who think they have mastered sketching people at the swimming pool (hysterical laughter) the next challenge is obviously to sketch at Gravity Zone, one of Melbourne’s trampoline play centres where children and the occasional energetic adult bounce around in a state of perpetual motion and happy exuberance. So I took my sketch materials to the play date.
One of the children vomited as I was watching, but I didn’t sketch that. Luckily it was not on a trampoline but in the café area…
Below are a few of the more finished sketches of the morning. (I notice that I was using the same book for sketching as the one I had used a year ago at Sorrento in the Christmas holidays. How tidy!)
You will, I’m sure, have noticed a striking and curious thing. Only one of the sketches actually depicts a person in mid bounce!
I have a lot of work to do to get up to sufficient speed.
I took some blobs to bed with me last night and a black felt tip. It being bed time when I painted my blobs, I wasn’t quite on the ball enough to remember to do them on watercolour paper so the paper has buckled and they lack the nice gravelly edges.
But it was a meditative and relaxing (but also kind of stimulating) thing to do, propped up by pillows in bed. Turning my page this way and that trying to find the hidden creature in each blob.
I found a few dogs who weren’t pleased with either their hairstyles or with each other. And one that has slipped on a banana skin.
I found an overexcited squirrel.
I found a princess escaping a fate worse than death, cloaked and riding on the back of a miniature elephant in the dead of night. (with faithful wire-haired miniature dachshund x schipperke – also known as a Whipperke-Dipperke)
I found a very surprised budgie on the head of a cranky sheep.
I found a frisbee catching dog who needs to see an orthopaedic surgeon about his front legs.
I found a pug in a bad mood. I think he’s trying to tell me something.
And I found a range of the usual birds and monstrosities.
And I found an overweight chick eating play lunch in the school yard.
That reminds me, it’s lunch time.
I’ll add colour to some of these when I get a chance.
A little pick-me-up / warm-up session this morning for Tania McCartney’s 52 Week Illustration Challenge.(funny how sometimes my post headings don’t show up… It could be just at my end. Who knows? Now that I have typed the heading into the body of the post, no doubt it will come up as a double heading. Oh well :-)