Sitting waiting to board my flight to Taipei the tails of planes always stand out from the dull grey buildings and tarmac. Drawing this I was wondering what I used to do while waiting around in airports. More airports scenes to come as I am on a long long journey to Turks and Caicos for work.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.