SKETCH

PAGES AND PAGES OF DRAWINGS

Sketchbooks are a vital element to my art practice. I'm always carrying one around, whether I'm sketching on location or brainstorming ideas for a project. I've added some of my favourite sketchbooks to this section, often created during times of travel and discovery. Each has it's own personality and flavour, and I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!


New York City


Stream

This series of drawings are based on the stream of consciousness concept. Every drawing was unplanned, with only one rule - start in one corner and finish in the other. It was fascinating to observe how characters and a particular logic would arise within each picture.


Philippines

Though an Australian artist, my cultural background is Filipino and Dutch. This trip to the Philippines was my first as an adult, so it was a big experience for me to go and explore my roots. The energy in the atmosphere and cities invigorated my drawings as I became looser and more free. Colour exploded from the page more, I worked with a wider range of materials and freely embraced any mistakes as part of the process.

SKETCHBOOK One

Sketchbook Two


Drawing the Nude

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
— Henri Matisse

 

India


Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand's northern capital, the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, and has a much more laidback vibe than Bangkok. Situated amongst forests and mountains, a lot of history still remains, from ancient temples to the old moat.

I stayed in Chiang Mai for approximately eight months, and used it as a base for work as well as for exploration. A short motorcycle ride in any direction took me to beautiful rainforests, waterfalls, luscious mountains, hot springs and peaceful villages – all great material to fill up a sketchbook with!

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

White house on the lake

White house on the lake

New buildings of Chiang Mai

New buildings of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai

Mountains of Chiang Mai


Japan : Hirado Island

This was a very influential two week visit to the Japanese island of Hirado, just off the coast near Nagasaki. I've written a blog article about this experience which you can view here.


Thailand

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Phi Phi Island sunset

Phi Phi Island sunset

Bangkok markets

Bangkok markets

Bangkok buildings

Bangkok buildings

Phi Phi Island morning

Phi Phi Island morning

On the airplane from Bangkok to Phuket

On the airplane from Bangkok to Phuket

On the ferry from Phi Phi Island to Krabi

On the ferry from Phi Phi Island to Krabi

Ko Samui island hopping

Ko Samui island hopping

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok markets

Bangkok markets

Phi Phi Island tree houses

Phi Phi Island tree houses


Digital Impressionism

These are a collection of digital sketches I made with my iPad (using Procreate app). Most of these were done in Luang Prabang, Laos.

luang_prabang_evening.jpg
luang_prabang_sunset.jpg
mekong river.jpg
luang_prabang_boats.jpg
luang_prabang_market.jpg
luang_prabang_temple.jpg
luang_prabang_street.jpg

Malaysia and Singapore