I really enjoyed doing these water colour illustrations for the food waste infographic. Being aware of how our actions impact the environment is something I'm really passionate about and I hope we can all be more conscious of how our every day behaviours make a profound impact on our planet. People seem to use the earth like it's one of the many disposable, convenient products on the market these days. Something that you can just take from and then dispose of without any thought or consequences. Food waste is a huge problem that we can all easily do a little bit better at.Read More
The more you practice the more confident you get with your line and your ability to trust your hand eye coordination. And of course mistakes happen, but learning to embrace mistakes is a good thing to do. In art and in life. I also realised soon after giving up the pencil that, even though the drawings are a bit wonky and even a little dodgy at times, I love the result more, the drawings end up looking more spontaneous and authentic, which is what I strive for. Again, in art and in life. ;) Also, it's just a bloody sketch book after all, may as well give 'er!Read More
In the lead up to the intro to watercolours class (Sun March 18) I thought I would share some famous watercolour paintings which I find to be inspiring and beautiful. Of course the aim is never to be perfect or to try and render an artwork exactly like someone else's, but it's good to study and appreciate works of exceptional skill to see what we can learn, and to see where the potential of the medium lies.
In the class we will start slow by learning brush work, techniques and colour mixing and work up to doing a small painting each, using all the skills learned. Also, there will be cheese, wine, and cake :D
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
Watercolour is a versatile, fun, loose and dreamy medium and it doesn't take much practice to get a few good skills under your belt to start producing work that you're excited and happy about.
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I love lines. I love the simplicity of them, I love the potential in them, and I love how everyone can make them. Drawing needn't be an exclusive club that only the practiced or 'gifted' take part in. if you can pick up a pen and make one line all you have to do is make another, and then another. Everyone can experience the joy of making lines. Below are a few examples of wonderful lines.
‘…if you want to work in line I think that it is the loveliest medium of all.’
Just a taste of some tasty lines!! Gotta love the old pen and ink. Now pick up a pen and scribble away! x
Woweeeee, the linocut workshop was so great. We ended up going an hour over time because everyone put so much effort into their designs and by the finished products, you can certainly tell! Also, there were only two minor injuries involving the carving tools, so that was pretty good odds!
It doesn’t matter if the Museum of Modern Art isn’t knocking on our door; we will carry on in the direction of our desire. We can start just where we are - with a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and a mind open to all possibilities.” -Cat Bennett from The Confident Creative, Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind.Read More
We had our first ever art class in the studio here on the weekend and I couldn't be happier with how it all went! The kids said they all learnt lots and much fun was had. Watercolour is such an enjoyable medium as you can create some really stunning results pretty easily if you know a few techniques.Read More
So, I got to thinking that I should teach my OWN workshops when I got back to Sydney. Only problem was I had no where to teach them. I kept the idea alive despite this. As it happened, one of my best friends needed to move and needed a house mate and I would need a place when I returned as well. So she spent a couple weeks searching for places, she really wanted a garden, I really wanted a space to do my art workshops, it also had to be pet friendly.Read More
I LOVED Arizona so much. The drive from Nevada to Flagstaff was out of this world crazy cool. Flagstaff, where we stayed, is an awesome little town surrounded by desert, mountains and pine forests and just a short trek to the Grand canyon. The Grand Canyon was obviously unbelievably majestic but I was almost more taken with Sedona and the huge red rock buttes which surround the town. There are said to be vortexes of subtle energy all around this magical place and you can actually climb up the rocks for stunning views of the whole area.
One of my favourite parts of our USA road trip was painting the amazing scenery along the way. I ventured over to the drivers seat a few times, but let's just say if I had the choice I'd take a paintbrush over a steering wheel! I used my Windsor & Newton compact water colour set which was super handy and a thick led pencil for most of the artworks. The quick pace in which I had to capture the scenes was pretty intense and super fun and made for lively and fluid drawings.
Starting your own garden can be a time consuming, expensive and if you can't seem to keep anything alive, disheartening and frustrating experience. However! With some know-how and patience it can also be a rewarding, exciting, money-saving, nutritious and environmentally kind endeavour.
Georgia Whyte is a young vibrant Sydneysider with a penchant for crocheting, crafting and cooking. A lover of dogs, books, flower arrangements and picnics, she also works full time as an Occupational Therapist. With the help of her partner Nick, and under the watchful eye of her dog, Darcy, she’s created a backyard haven of flourishing plant life.
I did some fun illustrations based off photos I stole from Georgia's Instagram (@gisforgiraffe) and asked her some questions that she did a real nice job of answering...
I'm super stoked to visit San Fran in January as the first stop on our month long U.S Road trip. Definitely hoping to fit in as many of these activities and places into the few days we have there!! At the very least I think we'll be doing lots of walking, eating and vintage shopping-Also really looking forward to spending a few hours in the science museum, hiking in The Cloud Forest and hopping on a cable car!
So that whole "one third of all bees are dead and we're all going to starve to death when they go extinct" thing that I thought was true, turns out isn't exactly the whole story. Thankfully the bees aren't quite doomed just yet. Although cleaning up our act in an effort to help our furry little pollinator mates would not go astray! I'm super happy with how this all turned out, from the illustrations to the layout and colour scheme. I also learnt a bunch of stuff in the process, always a good thing!
There are natural ways to increase your dopamine levels such as exercise, meditation, diet and certain supplements, hobbies, listening to music...and then there is drugs and booze which is what this article is about. (Note: Drugs and alcohol, NOT a sustainable way of maintaining dopamine levels!!)
Not really sure why I chose an article about food trucks to illustrate, but I do love a good food truck and drawing people so...
Get twitter they say, behance, tumblr and instagram, a Facebook page, Linkd in of course, and a blog, you'll need a blog. So many platforms, so little time!! It's all a tad overwhelming and a lot time consuming, especially when you factor in the actual art making, creating bit...But as I was showering the other morning I thought, a blog, yes a blog would be good. I'm on a mission and I thought maybe tracking that mission would be a beneficial pursuit. About a year ago I graduated and the Universe bestowed upon me a pretty sweet children's book illustration job almost straight away. With a couple other graphic design jobs and a few commissions and my nannying I had my hands full. Then the book wrapped up and I moved back to Canada to get this freelance thing rolling. Just how to get that ball rolling was question number one and the answer that came to me after some contemplation was editorial illustration. I love magazines. Particularly I love magazines with worthwhile, relevant articles, beautiful photography and layouts and of course, clever and cool illustrations. We dabbled in editorial illustration in college, (see the New Yorker cover below), but not enough to start contacting art directors for jobs. Hence fourth my plan for the next little while is to work on a collection of editorial illustrations, (finding interesting articles, rendering artwork and laying it out into mock up magazine spreads.) I think this blog will help keep me motivated and on track. If it helps with exposure or getting work or maybe to serve as inspiration for anyone else this may reach, well then that would be a real bonus!!
Some of my favourites//