I went to the art museum in Auckland, and it was so nice to look at art and draw it and to think about art and to not think about it and just breeze by or say nope or to GASP with surprise and delight when I walked in a gallery and saw something unexpected.
I did this sketch on the terrace with a Pilot Parallel pen and a pencil for the background - I love how cartoonish these sculptures look in my sketch. They were pretty cartoonish in person, too. And after the Symposium, it was nice to have this time to put thought into a sketch and a little more oomph, incorporating some of what I had learned.
I walked around at my own pace and ate two small lunches!
I sketched at Albert Park again, trying a new thing where I sketched the same scene twice. I did the thumbnails in the smaller sketchbook, then did a big sketch (top), then went back into the smaller book (8.5" x 5.5") and did a really quick sketch of the same subject. An unscientific poll of some of my Instagram friends preferred the second one - I'm not surprised! When you draw or paint a thing twice, you get the awkwardness out in the first one.
I'm in a different part of the world right now, but wanted to go back and share more from New Zealand. I've shared some special moments from our trip, now here are some sort of ordinary scenes - well, ordinary for traveling to the other side of the world. This is from Albert Park on the first day we got to Auckland - I went ahead and got a sketch of the tower out of the way on day one!
This one is from Elliott Stables - a food hall next door to where we stayed. It was perfect for a day of recovering from jet lag.
And here we skip to after the Symposium. I was so happy with this page because after days of (really wonderful) workshops, it was nice to sketch in my own style. I captured the hotel laundry room as I washed clothes, and a takoyaki stand where I waited for lunch. One of the best things about this trip was that I got to go to two takoyaki stands!
The Auckland War Memorial Museum was a delight! So were the mussels I had later at The Occidental.
On our last day, I was packed and ready to go way too early, so I drew the hotel room, using what I had learned from Stephanie Bower's perspective workshop. It was sad to say goodbye to this sweet little room!
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