This afternoon I went urban sketching in the Royal William Yard. I used my Sakura Koi watercolour set and Mangaka fineliners. This is my first attempt at sketching a boat, the tide was out when I started and in by the time I finished:
This is a sketch of Drake’s Island from Devil’s Point:
It was sunny but I had to paint quickly because it was cold and windy and the light was starting to fade on the island as I painted it.
It was our first meeting as an group and there were only a few of us but we are meeting again in October.
All that on top of my usual weekly activities.. so I haven’t had time to update my blog with daily sketches or anything else! This post is a giant catch up of all my favourite sketches that I’ve done in the past fortnight.
The man behind PlymouthCubed (Plymouth in Minecraft!), Neil, liked my watercolour inspired by his project so much he took this excellent screenshot of my art inside his! That’s Minecraft Neil in the cool t-shirt stood by my painting on Minecraft Plymouth Hoe! Don’t know who that is in the distance, staring dramatically out to sea.. I can’t wait to walk around inside this myself!
I finished this a few days ago. I used my Sakura Koi watercolour set and Kuretake Zig Mangaka fineliners in my Seawhite sketchbook. It’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in her second outfit for Tsukema Tsukeru. It was fun doing all the individual food packets on her skirt.
I also want to share my uncoloured PlymouthCubed sketch. It’s zombies on Plymouth Hoe!
Earlier this year my brother J was invited to give a presentation with his Code Club at a DATA Play event. DATA Play is all about the local tech community and others looking at data provided by the Council and finding cool and interesting ways to use it. J talked about what he does at Code Club, making games on Scratch and collaborating with other young games makers (I’ve also been making my own games).
When he got home we talked about it and had some ideas of our own for using local data and we entered them into a competition run by Plymouth City Council. We were one of the winners with our Plymouth Outdoors idea, and me and my brother are getting to work with a local tech company Elixel and see if we can make our idea into an app to help people find local sports facilities. We use public sports facilities quite a lot but it can be difficult to find them as they aren’t always on maps.
Since then we’ve been to more DATA Play events and to two Digital Futures days organised by RIO. One amazing project we’ve seen is PlymouthCubed by @dyrms86. Neil has been building Plymouth in Minecraft and he has made some brilliant videos which have inspired my newest watercolour painting at the top of this post. We also saw a dinosaur that roared every time someone tweeted about the event which was put together by @neilcford who also gave me and J a Shrimp Kit to play with. We have also met Lucy (@jargonautical) who gave a great demonstration, she had built a virtual Pi with a sense hat in Minecraft from coloured wool, and when we clicked on different parts of the wool they changed colour to match LEDs on the connected real Pi sense hat! We have a Pi here and want to do this project at home soon.
The most recent Digital Futures event was last Friday , and J was on the flyer! We participated in different workshops and met some new people. One person I met was Reece from Our Way Tech, who are a team of young people who are consultants to tech companies on finding new digital ways to do things involving young people, and who also won a DATA play competition with their pop-up past project. I’m hoping to meet Reece and his team in the summer and maybe collaborate on something.
Me and J were also introduced into some new ways of making games by @Ohcarson from Sizeable Games and Jack from So Good Studios. Oliver helped us learn how to use PICO-8 and Jack was really friendly, talking to us about his team’s new game Tap Tournament. Tap Tournament is a multiplayer game, four players each control a knight and you battle by swinging your sword to bat around a ball at each other. It’s very fun and the levels aren’t that long so you don’t get bored. Jack said that in the future he hopes to be collaborating with Emma Baker whose work I loved at the Graduate show recently, and I hope to meet them both and maybe get involved myself 🙂
That’s everything so far and i’ll be keeping this blog updated as we go to more events and see what happens with Plymouth Outdoors and any other projects I get involved in!
I’ve just finished my sketch of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I watched gameplay videos of it at E3 online and I HAD to draw a picture:
I used Kuretake Mangaka fineliners and Sakura Koi watercolours. Here is a picture of my watercolour kit:
I’ve had my Koi sketch box since early May and my Seawhite sketchbook for a fortnight and got them both from The Art Side. Some of the other things here I got for my birthday, and some of them have been in my art kit for a long time. I have three Kuru Toga pencils, all with different leads in them. My silver one is HB and my most used pencil. The green holds 4B lead and I have a blue one (not pictured) which holds non-photocopy blue lead. I like to use water brushes because they are easier to take out and about. I use the spray mister to make my paints damp before I use them. The white gelly roll pen is great for highlights and covering mistakes so I have it with me constantly. I have a wide variety of black fineliners and brush pens and at the moment I prefer using small fineliners so I can be really detailed in my work, and i’ve been testing different types of crosshatching with them. I’ve also been learning to use dip pens and ink.
I’ve only been working in watercolour for the past two months and I think it’s really fun to do. It’s slightly harder to work in than pencils and pens because you need to be careful about how much water you put on the paper. Here are some examples of my work so far:
I just completed The Last Of Us (on easy..) and have been drawing Ellie and Joel a lot.
I invented the girl. I sketched the fox on a visit to Delamore House’s annual arts exhibition at the end of May. The original is a giant sculpture made from recycled materials (car bumpers!) by Ptolomy Elrington.
Another picture of Ellie. I worked on this last week. She is a really fun character to draw.