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Bluff – Quobba Station Trip

Bluff – Quobba Station Trip

Another amazing holiday, spent up North of Perth.  Warm weather, amazing snorkelling and fishing, and the scenery … so beautiful.  Pity there wasn’t any surf… but I guess you can’t have it all!

Here’s the art and a few snippets of the place we stayed at.

Lily #munsters #pencil #yvonnedecarlo #sketch #doodle #drawing #doodlersanonymous #artwork

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Carry on being Fab #drawing #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #portrait #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #fab

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Holidays equals doodles!

Holidays equals doodles!

So I’ve had a few lovely escapes from the “Rat Race”, and when ever I go on road trips or generally just get away – the doodles ensue!

The October holiday was a long road trip to Uluru, (sometimes referred to as “Ayres Rock”).  It was a long 3 week driving journey right through the middle of Australia…. hot with a billion (no exaggeration) files… but amazing scenery.  Uluru is so amazing,  I was blown away by its majestic beauty and sheer magnitude.

I dropped some little pieces of art off into the places I stayed, so hopefully whoever found the pieces enjoyed the freebies.  Just little doodles though, nothing super amazing. hehe

I left the following two in different hotel rooms for whoever to find and the rest are just extra’s completed on the trip.

More later about my other trips along with photos of the sketching!

Another art drop at Hyden #hyden #waverock #artdrop #art #comic #pulp #pencil #portrait #artwork #doodle #drawing #sketch #onesketchaday #journal
These others are just general one’s created on the journey.

 

Lil Firestarter #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #pencil #portrait #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artworkTrixie loulou bell #art #drawing #doodles #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #troublemaker
Devil chicky #art #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #comic #cartoon #draw #artwork #doodle #sketching #ideas #drawingWondering if I should colour this one in our not. #doodle #sketching #sketch #onesketchaday #journal #illustration #lowbrow #journal #pencil #art #drawing

Some amazing sights on our trip. I love road trips for just this kind of deal!

A #banksy in the Aussie outback. Slightly sceptical! #southaustralia #grafitti #afterhumans

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It’s better in real life #Uluru #australia #northernterritory #aryesrock

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Feast your Eyes Festival

Feast your Eyes Festival

Well, it’s all over with and I have to be honest, I’m quite relieved! The build up to the event for myself personally was quite stressful… I hadn’t ever done a live painting gig before… and not that I’m a shy person, that doesn’t phase me… it was just hoping what I’d prepared would be good enough on the night… something that was worthy I guess of such a fantastic event!     There were many fine artists involved, and as exciting as that is, it can be quite daunting also.

But I have to say well done to the organisers, (and thank you!)  it was a fabulous night, with stacks of people in attendance. The art exhibition was wonderful.  My favourites were by Eve Young, Cherry, Ali J, Steven Christie’s,  Wanjie Song’s and Simon Boxer’s apocalyptic images were very cool.  Wish I’d had more time to check them all out.

At any rate, the night went very smoothly, besides the fact there was nearly no light for me to see by, it was just lucky the old hubby had brought along one of his little handy flash lights.

So I painted from 6pm till literally 10pm when the last band finished. The other artist, “Blake Poole” did an awesome spray painting,which he finished… and I’m sad to say, I didn’t get to complete mine on the night…which was a little disappointing.  Shoulda moved my butt a bit faster I think…  Next time (if I ever do this kinda thing again) I’ll definitely choose a simpler design!! Live and learn.  Three band’s also played opposite us as we painted, so it was really great painting to live music.  Billy Rogers, The Lonely Brothers & The Voltaire Twins.  I really enjoyed the Lonely Brothers, who are ALL chicks!

So here’s a few photo’s from the night.. unfortunately I didn’t get to take any photo’s of the art exhibition that was on, and there were some really crazy beautiful pieces on display.

The finished piece “South Fremantle Power Station”

Busily painting – trying to get it all completed.

Blake Poole’s awesome finished piece.

Illustration Friday – Detach

Illustration Friday – Detach


Everyone weekend I take to the field and play Hockey! I love the game!
Sadly though, this years’ season I’ve had quite a bit of bad luck, with injuries. Specifically my right ankle.

So far I’ve spent a month off after I rolled it so badly, it bruised half way up my shin. Then coming back all fired up – but I copped a heavy whack into the very same ankle, by a hockey ball hit at a tremendous speed, at close range – not 30 seconds into the game. GRR!

YEP! What I wouldn’t give to be able to detach that injured ankle, joint or foot and replace it with a brand new one!

I shouldn’t of, but I did play Saturday just gone, as the team would of been short players, and I did my best to half limp/run…. it was an important game, we needed to secure our place in the top four, to continue onto hopefully a Grand Final in coming weeks.

I can happily say we won (2 – 1) and I’m just praying my ankle heals up super fast, this next week, so I can keep playing to the end of season and come home with a medal in my hand!

Fancy pants, Big Nogg’n

Fancy pants, Big Nogg’n

I bought some new sexy ink pens! Faber-Castell, 8PITT artist pen MANGA Set. That’s the official name anyhow. Basically they’re all slightly different gradients of grey’s. So I had a little play with them whilst watching some bad TV… using one of my favourite 50’s photo books to use as a basis to sketch from.

And I know I should be filling out my moleskin pages on the days I’m drawing, but I have too many vacant pages damnit! So I’m just filling them up when I get the urge to draw! This guys head mutated slightly… but I was drawing in a dull lit room whilst watching TV. =)

You can tell I’m just not in the mood to sit and do long arduous sketches lately. I suppose I’m being lazy, but surely this will help my drawing skills in some manner? Or perhaps I’m just making excuses, to bad so sad.

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Fancy pants, Big Nogg’n, originally uploaded by Sandymichelle.

Bette Davis Sketch # 2

Bette Davis Sketch # 2

Bette Davis no 2
Originally uploaded by Sandymichelle

Still having a bash at this… my second attempt at drawing the lovely Bette Davis. I’m liking this version better than the first.

Even though it really doesn’t look like her that much, I’m really digging how it looks, so that’s good!

 


Or how about with red lips added.
Bette Davis - Ruby Red Lips

Drug of the Nation

Drug of the Nation

I love this song from the 90s and especially the lyrics…it inspired the following illustration.

One nation under god has turned into
one nation under the influence of one drug

Television, the drug of the nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

T.V., it satellite links
our united states of unconsciousness
apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
the methadone metronome pumping out
150 channels 24 hours a day
you can flip through all of them
and still there’s nothing worth watching
T.V. is the reason why less than ten percent
of our nation reads books daily
why most people think Central America means Kansas
socialism means unamerican
and apartheid is a new headache remedy
absorbed in its world it’s so hard to find us
it shapes our mind the most
maybe the mother of our nation
should remind us that we’re sitting too close to…

Television, the drug of the nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

T.V. is the stomping ground
for political candidates
where bears in the woods
are chased by grecian formula’d bald eagles
T.V. is mechanized politic’s
remote control over the masses
co-sponsored by enironmentally safe gases
watch for the PBS special
it’s the perpetuation of the two-party system
where image takes precedence over wisdom
where sound bite politics are served
to the fastfood culture
where straight teeth in your mouth
are more important than the words
that come out of it
race baiting is the way to get elected
Willie Horton or will he not get elected on…

Televison, the drug of the nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

T.V., is it the reflector or the director
does it imitate us or do we imitate it
because a child watches 1500 murders
before he’s twelve years old
and we wonder how we’ve created
a Jason generation that learns to laugh
rather than abhor the horror
T.V. is the place where armchair generals
and quarterbacks can experience first hand
the excitement of video warfare
as the themesong is sung in the background
sugar sweet sitcoms that leave us with
a bad actor taste while pop stars metamorphosize
into soda pop stars you saw the video
you heard the soundtrack
well now go buy the soft drink
well, the only cola that I support
is a union C.O.L.A. (cost of living allowance) on…

Television, the drug of the nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

Back again, “new and improved”
we return to our irregularly programmed schedule
hidden cleverly between heavy breasted
beer and car commmercials
CNNESPNABCTNT but mostly B.S.
where oxymoronic language like
“virtually spotless” “fresh frozen”
light yet filling” and
“military intelligence” have become standard
T.V. is the place where phrases are redefined
like “recession” to “necessary downturn”
“crude oil” on a beach to “mousse”
“civilian death” to “collateral damages”
and being killed by your own army
is now called “friendly fire”
T.V. is the place where the pursuit of
happiness has become the pursuit of trivia
where toothpaste and cars
have become sex objects
where imagination is sucked out of children
by a cathode ray nipple
T.V. is the only wet nurse
that would create a cripple
on…

Television, the drug of the nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

Lyrics by “The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy “