Friday, 27 June 2014

Line drawings.

After my initial drawings in New Zealand I tried a few more detailed line drawings, playing around with continuous lines (not taking the pen off the page) and blind drawings (looking at what you are drawing and not at the paper). I had fun and it was great to be able to sit outside in the sun and draw!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Sealife patterns.

I collected a few pattern photos over my New Zealand summer! So many crazy shapes and textures I found on the beaches, so I took a few photos to look at over winter for some beachy inspiration when I am drawing.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

Finally! I am catching up with sharing my sketchbook pages again. I wanted to start with my first few doodles from a few months ago, when I first arrived in New Zealand. I decided that since I was brave enough to move to the other side of the world, I could be brave enough to fill pages of my sketchbook with scribbly drawings that  I don't really like (at all!). And actually, now that I look back on them, I'm glad I did, I like them more now I can see how they have got me towards my latest drawings, which I will share another day. 
If you've seen any of my earlier sketchbook posts you will have noticed I stick to drawing plants and flowers, with an ocasional tree maybe if I'm feeling crazy! But when I got to New Zealand I pushed myself to draw anything! Urban landscapes, houses, neighbourhoods, rural landscapes. It was tricky focusing on more than one thing, but fun. Have you tried drawing something other than what you are used to?

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Waiheke Snapshots.

A few snapshots to share from life on Waiheke, over the past few months. Such a great, laidback place, so happy I got to experience living on a tiny island for a while!
^No sidewalks, not a problem really, there's not much traffic except on the main road across the island. And the East side of the island hardly has any roads at all, its almost deserted!

^Amazing views wherever you look!


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Instagram Lately.

So much has happened in the past few months! I've still been instagramming, so I wanted to share a few of my photos, just some random moments, its fun to look back and see what I decided I needed to remember!

From top left: the beach that I was lucky enough to have on my doorstep for 3 months, sat on a hill doing some drawing, a different beach, the view as you arrive on the ferry to Waiheke, sky tower in Auckland, my view as I sat on my lunch break one day at work, probably my favourite place on Waiheke - a swing on the end of the beach that was usually deserted, a crazy blue cake made from free ingredients at the hostel, and a plant in my new neighbourhood!

I'm charlotterigbygirl on Instagram if you fancy a nosy at more photos! What do you find that you photograph most?

Monday, 16 June 2014


I'm back in the big city of Auckland now, and though I've been treated to some blue skies and sunshine, it is winter, and today has been really rainy! So I have been looking back at some beach photos I took over the past few months to remind myself of warmer days! There have been so many little coves and beaches to explore, they really do look like the stereotypical tropical island beaches sometimes!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Around and about.

I know, I haven't posted in forever huh! Sorry/not sorry! I have been having an amazing time and been living life mostly internetless except for the phone boxes here with free WiFi that allow me to pop in quickly, check what's going on, send some hurried emails back home, and sometimes have a blurry skype.
Life is good. I have left the island where I was working fruit picking, and have been working at my new job in the city for a week now, and had a quick trip to Wellington last week for work / to see the city! The bus journey down was amazing, 12 hours but I got to see a lot of the North island which was grey considering I have only seen Auckland & Waiheke so far. The landscape looked incredible and made me excited to hopefully travel everywhere in New Zealand next spring/summer. Its currently winter here, which feels beyond weird, although its really not cold!
Anyway, just a few snapshots of island life for now, I have a ton of photos to share soon.