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Cindy's Illustrations

In this album there are images of my graphite pencil and charcoal drawings.

Old Rattler


Old Rattler

This drawing was created with graphite pencils HB 2B 4B on bainbridge board and measures 29.5 x 26.5 cm. This is the volunteer driver of the Mary Valley Rattler; an old steam engine that tourists can ride on and enjoy a piece of yesteryear. When we took this journey, I had so much admiration for the people who keep this tradition alive and felt compelled to draw the driver. I love his hat, his braces and the look on his face. I took many photographs to final settle on about 20 for this image. I used one image for the man himself and many for the background train to see close up parts. I held up the entire train while I was taking the photos and had no idea until the train driver quietly said to me "I think it's about time we left now".


Uploaded: Jun 03 2010 04:33 AM
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the Grandparents


the Grandparents

This image was created in graphite pencils HB 2B 4B on bainbridge board and measures 30cm x 36cm high. This image was commissioned by my gallery owner and director here in Noosa and I was given the one and only photograph her husband had of his beloved parents who had since passed away. I worked from a tiny coloured image to enlarge the drawing to this size. It was challenging as I couldn't see the details very well, so I used an image of her husband to understand his parents features a little better. I relied heavily upon my anatomy knowledge and knowledge of fabrics and folds here. Whenever we draw patterns on frabric as I did in this dress, we draw the dress first then add the patterns afterwards.


Uploaded: Jun 03 2010 04:38 AM
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The Holiday


The Holiday

This drawing is a section of a building that I consider to be very beautiful right in this position - where the tiles on a series of curved walls with their various textures juxtapose against the long angular lines of the building. Curves, textures, angles.. so beautiful! This is the unit five major project, you have an option to shade the building but you will be learning how to draw in perspective like this during that unit of the course.


Uploaded: Jun 03 2010 04:41 AM
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Just me


Just me

This is a self-portrait of my annalytical deep thinking side. I do think alot and I wanted to portray the more serious side of my nature here. I feel that this is a deeply honest portrayal of the other side of me. Created in charcoal on Mi-teintes this image is also taught as a step by step procedure in the final week of unit four portraiture. You can either create this image or draw your own self portrait. You will learn all about how to draw hair during unit four as well as twelve different charcoal techniques. Charcoal is such a beautiful and intuitive medium you just have to give it a try if you haven't already.


Uploaded: Jun 03 2010 04:44 AM
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A shoe well-travelled


A shoe well-travelled

I love this shoe, it is the shoe my husband wore when working at the Sunshine Coast University while we were in a business transition stage. As I moved out of live art tuition and into internet tuition it was a massive change for our business and Stuart went back to work in the corporate sector to support us during that time. This shoe took him safely to work and back - into that concrete jungle. I chose this shoe for the unit three project because I felt it would give you all an excellent opportunity to experience a variety of things including; form and texture - there are many different textures in here; the folds with the creases, the leather of the upper part of the shoe, shoe laces and the rubber sole. In your unit three shade course notes you will be given complete step by step instructions for this project and the learning experience is very good for you. Many artists throughout history have turned to the humble shoe for inspiration and as a valuable source of training. By drawing shoes we are provided with the opportunity to practice many important areas of study.


Uploaded: Jun 03 2010 04:53 AM
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King of The Land


King of The Land

Hi everyone, I am releasing this image to share with you all, it is still in progress and I will upload a final image later on in January. This drawing is going to be the promotional piece for my April 2011 exhibition at the Regional Outback Gallery in Winton Queensland Australia. It is an image of my sister's husband on horse back (only the saddle and horses mane will be drawn) he is sitting on his horse back looking out over his huge farm below. He sits and ponders the future as his eldest son is about to marry and wonders what the future holds. He is quietly confident and proud of his land, titled 'King Of The Land' I really admire my brother in law, he is amazing and what he has achieved is a testament to his inner courage and wonderful partnership with my sister.

This image is quite large created on Arches watercolour smooth paper with 2B charcoal pencil, HB charcoal pencil, graphite pencils; H, HB, 2B 4B 5B 6B 8B using an electric eraser where needed, blending with a q-tip and tissues, it measures 85cm high will be my show piece once it is framed. The pieces I am currently creating are all in the mentored level classroomon drawpj for exclusive viewing but will be released to you all once the exhibition is openned shortly after the middle of March. It is usual practice for artists to keep their works hidden until their art openning night. I am only releasing this piece because it is my promotion piece. Feel free to ask any questions and remember it is still a work in progress so its not a finished artwork yet. Cheers All


Uploaded: Dec 09 2010 11:18 AM
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Queen of The Family


Queen of The Family

Calm, serene and free. The wind gently blows in her face as this woman takes a moment to reflect on how fortunate she is to live a life on the land. Her nurturing spirit reaches out to the animals on the farm who are also considered important members of her family.



Graphite pencil on Arches paper

Image size 20 x 21 cm


Uploaded: May 25 2011 10:39 AM
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Portrait of A Voluntary Hero


Portrait of A Voluntary Hero

Tired, hungry and dirty with soot still covering his face and the strong odour of smoke in his clothes this young man returns home after fighting a ravaging wild fire. Volunteer fire fighters are amazing people.

Charcoal and White Conte on Grey Mi-Teintes Tex card

70 x 47cm


Uploaded: May 25 2011 10:49 AM
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King of The Land


King of The Land

Gazing out over the rolling hills of White Flat, this man takes a quiet moment to enjoy his land. This is the land that has provided for him and his family for many years. He ponders his future here for his family and generations to come. There are many difficult decisions he has to make on a daily basis which enable him to achieve success on the land. He has fought fires, survived droughts and floods, worked through all kinds of personal, emotional and economical problems that are all a part of this difficult yet richly rewarding lifestyle. He truly is a King of the Land.







Graphite Pencil and Charcoal on Arches paper

67 x 50 cm


Uploaded: May 25 2011 10:51 AM
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