1036 – Positive living station

Have you ever been in one of these massage chairs? I’ve never tried one but my wife did the other day and I did a very quick sketch while she was buried in the thing. I took a quick reference photo before starting the sketch and added the colour later. The owner of these chairs at the mall calls it a “positive living station” – and this one (which surrounds you completely – and I assume gives you a more thorough massage) is the most popular one.

Sat-9-Mar-2019

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1035 – Long table at De Lipa

Here is a quick sketch from the weekend, done while we had coffee at #CafeDeLipa. The table does have legs at each end! We chose to sit on a nice comfortable high backed couch rather than on those uncomfortable looking stools – they were great for sketching though.

Sat-9-Mar-2019

1034 – Somewhere to sit

Here is an evening doodle of my daughters beanbag chair – I used this to test out the paper in my new sketchbook and see whether it would take a bashing…and yes it does! It has a bit too much texture for my taste (I prefer a smoother paper)..so in the next sketchbook I make I will try to find paper more to my liking.

Fri-8-Mar-2019

1033 – Book press?

This is my first sketch in a new sketchbook – one I made myself! I use up sketchbooks so quickly and they are so expensive (if you want good heavy paper, which I do) I thought I’d give book binding a try. I followed some guidance on YouTube (mostly from #sealemon) and it was surprisingly easy. I used a “kettle stitch” to do the binding, some old corrugated cardboard and felt-like material for the cover and bought some pre-cut sheets of Frabriano 200 gsm watercolour paper (another surprise was how inexpensive this was). I used these g-clamps to press the book between some old bits of wood and voila! No more buying sketchbooks for me!

Thu-7-Mar-2019

1032 – Coffee at the Antipodean by the roadside

When I started this sketch I was in the shade on a terrace. In no time at all the sun began to beat down on my back and it wasn’t even 8am yet! However it’s nice to have coffee somewhere other than Starbucks – but being in Makati (I was there to make an insurance claim) I was expecting significant expense. I was pleasantly surprised though! Antipodean isn’t a word used that often – it means someone from Australia or New Zealand…I had to look it up! I guess the owner of this place is from the Southern Hemisphere.

Wed-6-March-2019

1031 – 1955 Cadillac series 75-23 – Sasakyang Magsaysay

This is the third drawing I did at the Presidential Car Museum with #Kyusisketchers last Sunday. In this one I decided to include the bust of the president who used the car – part of the display of each vehicle. This is Ramon Magsaysay (Sasakyang means vehicle or car in Tagalog) who was the 7th President of the Philippines – he was also a guerrilla leader during the Pacific War.

Sun-2-March-2018

1030 – 1924 Packard single 6 touring – Emilio Aguinaldo’s car

This is the second drawing I did with #Kyusisketchers at the Presidential Car Museum last Sunday. I really enjoy these sketch-walks because its time dedicated to sketching and I can take as long as I like. Plus it helps (if you feel a bit shy) having fellow sketchers around you. This is one of the first cars you see in the museum (Aguinaldo was the first President of the Philippines and was a real revolutionary, fighting in the Philippine revolution, the Spanish-American war and the Philippine-American War) and big groups of school children visiting the museum, chose this spot for their group photos – so I was regularly surrounded during this sketch.

Sun-2-March-2019