I learnt to draw the Danny Gregory way — slowly and deliberately with a pen. No pencil. No eraser. Mediums like graphite and charcoal really throw me now. This preliminary sketch is a semi-blind drawing (that’s where you spend most of your time looking at the subject, NOT the paper).
I persevered with the exercise and ended up with a self-portrait that I quite like. It is based on a photo of me when I was a young ballerina.
A newspaper ad promoting Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day. Originally a 72-hour group project, this ad is my personal solution. It was created using images sourced from the Internet.
Christchurch City Mission installation (concept): a graffiti-knitted artwork to raise awareness of the City Mission and encourage $2 text donations. My idea is that giving to a good cause is like giving (and receiving) a ‘warm fuzzy’. The mock-up shows knitted scarves wrapped around wooden seats. Donate and feel the love!
And here are a few pages from my sketchbook…
Playing with my (then) new Winsor & Newton watercolour pan set which I bought for sketching while out and about.
These were exercises suggested by Danny Gregory in his book The Creative License: drawing in other languages…
…and copying the work of famous artists. The Rembrandt turned into a study of 17th Century hats.