JCU street sketching in Townsville: An approach to drawing on location and recording what you see

Disclaimer: This is the first of a series of very delayed posts. A lot has been happening in the past few months, hence my silence. I definitely have to get better in sharing things here in ‘real time’, or at last as close to ‘real’ as possible.

Since I was a kid I always loved sketching and I was fortunate enough to be able to make that also part of my work. On 7th September, I organised a sketching workshop led by Richard Briggs.

Richard is a practising artist and British registered architect based in Sydney and through drawing he aims to provoke and inform discussion on the built environment. His simple line drawings explore the hidden gems in our cities encouraging the viewer, visitor, and the inhabitant to look at the streets in a different way. From the finer details to large expansive lines of a city skyline, his drawings evolve into patterns that form spaces and urban quirks which aim to convey a sense of place. Richard was

At JCU I teach design communication and strive to help my students success on representing their ideas through drawing and sketching. I organised a couple of events in the past where Richard participated. Every time was the same thing: colleagues, friends and students asking when there would be an opportunity for them to learn with Richard. This time, however, this opportunity was offered in Townsville. JCU has two campuses and I thought was fair to spread the love for sketching.

We spent a very pleasant beautiful Saturday morning learning with Richard and sketching in Flinders Street. The photos below show a little bit o what happened that day.




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