Day 62 : “Balloons”

"Balloons" - 16x12 Coptic Markers
“Balloons” – 16×12 Coptic Markers

I think I found the image on Instagram, but it captured my imagination. The scene looked so beautiful and serene. It must be an amazing experience to float above the world on the breeze in the early morning light.

I’ve had the last 3 nights away from drawing which I’m sure doesn’t comply with the #100drawingsin100days guidelines but it has been one heck of a week. I’ve had to crank up Adobe Illustrator to do some graphic design work so I guess it’s sort of drawing, sort of.

I’m enjoying this style of drawing and I’m getting some really encouraging comments from family and friends.

Below is the photo I used for reference

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Balloons – photo reference


Day 54 : “Twiggy”

Day 54 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days – “Twggy” - noir style
Day 54 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days – “Twggy” – noir style

I came across a black and white photo of Twiggy and thought that the contrasts would allow me to recreate a good noir style ink recreation. I again used patterns of dots to represent the half tones. One again, I learn every time I draw.

I am enjoying this style of artwork. It appeals to my inner draftsman, using pencil and ink. I know next to nothing about Noir Comics. They were another form of popular culture that passed me by growing up. What I do like are the power of the contrast, it is very striking.

I am happy with the finished art and I was pleased that She was well received when I posted Her on Facebook and Instagram =)

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Day 45 : “Typewriter Keys”

The inspiration for today’s drawing came from a picture of an old ‘Standard’ typewriter I had seen. Completing a drawing of a typewriter in the hour I have before bedtime didn’t work out. I went to bed disappointed that I couldn’t get it finished.

In the morning I woke up and decided just to create a picture of what was special to me, the clackety clack of typewriter keys striking the paper.

I particularly like this drawing because it’s about focussing on the negative spaces. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

'Typewriter Keys'

Day 45 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“Typewriter Keys”

Day 44 : “Baldwin Steam Tram”


I have a vague recollection of the steam trams that we preserved and ran in Parramatta Park on weekends in the early ‘80s. Then there was a fire in the shed where they were kept, and then they disappeared from public view for a long time. I think that they are now resurrected and living in the Blue Mountains. These cute little steam trams were built by the Baldwin Locomotive Co. in the USA and ran in the late 19th century in parts of Sydney including Cronulla and on the Belmont line here in Brisbane.

When in doubt I seem to return to drawing the things that I love. This little steam tram has two fine characteristics. It’s a tram and it runs on steam =)

[Mark plans to add more information here about these trams soon…]

Baldwin Steam Tram

Day 44 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“Baldwin Steam Tram” 

Ink on A5 Sketch pad

Day 43 : “City Bus Stop”

This is a drawing I started when I had a long wait for the bus home in Ann Street, Brisbane several weeks ago. I did say “started” because I felt a little weird sketching someone without that knowledge/permission. Anyhoo.. I took that quick sketch and finished the detail and inked tonight before bedtime.

City Bus Stop

Day 43 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“City Bus Stop”

Ink on A5 Sketch Pad

Day 42 : “No. 180”

The front of our local community centre has the most beautiful tile mosaic covering the front of the building. I think that it was created by a ‘Work for the Dole’ project in the ‘90s. The gatepost has also received the same treatment and always looks lovely.

No. 180

Day 42 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“No. 180”

Ink & coloured pencil on A5 Sketch Pad

Day 41 : “Yellow House”

I love Instagram, it’s a wonderful place to see beautiful images from around the word and amazing work creative people do. The reference for today’s drawing came from my Instagram friend @colourspeak_kerry  I love the bright yellow coloured door and shutters against the whitewashed building,

Van Gogh lived in a place he called the Yellow House in the south of France. But that’s another story.

Yellow House

Day 41 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“Yellow House”

Oil Pastel on Artec Pastel Paper

Day 40 : “John & Yoko”

This weekend I wanted to draw something that represented passion and romance. There was another sketch I started that didn’t make the grade, so I thought I’d try something different. If an artist really wants to put himself/herself out there, reproduce something that should be recognisable and see if it works.

This is the famous “Double Fantasy” album cover photo. One of the most famous passionate kisses recorded in my lifetime.

John & Yoko

Day 40 : 100 Drawings in 100 Days“John & Yoko”

Mepxy Marker on Canson Illustrator

Day 14 : ‘Jean’


‘Jean’ is created using Faber Castell  pastel on Artec Pastel A3 paper. She was created during Days 12, 13 & 14 of my “100 drawing in 100 days”. I do enjoy working in pastels very much. I am very pleased with my progress and even though ‘Jean’ has her faults, it is one of my best pieces so far.

I am lucky to know two lovely ladies through my work, who are both artists and they have become my mentors. I am told to paint what I enjoy. I love the beauty of the feminine form.

The inspiration for her comes from a Guess fashion advertisement I saw in a magazine while waiting for coffee at a café near the Brisbane Magistrates Court. There was something particularly striking about the pose and the white bustier with the blue jeans. It’s difficult to tell, but I think she is suiting on  timber jetty or deck. The background in the original photo is dark and not what I wanted so I tried a green hatched pattern which I think is natural and neutral.


- passion of the dance
– passion of the dance

No, I don’t dance. Well, I used to, sort of, when I was at school. I think everyone who went to a country school in our time learnt how to dance. The monthly dance was held at the local hall and was a  great family  night out and we got to stay up really late. There we would do our best with our progressive Barn dance or the ‘Pride of Erin’. I never tried to dance the Tango but would love to learn one day.

My drawing comes from a photo I found online while looking for people being passionate about what they do. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

[Ink & coloured pencil on A3 sketch paper]