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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Carolineparkinson.blogspot.com moved to carolineparkinson.co.uk

After 7 years at carolineparkinson.blogspot.com my blog has finally moved- to my website, http://carolineparkinson.co.uk. Hope to see you there! Please click on the handy link below to visit it's new home.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The wood in July

This is the same wood which I sketched back in January. It's a lot warmer now. I tried to think more about line direction in the top sketch, I went to a Studio Ghibli layout art exhibition in Hong Kong a few weeks ago and the expressiveness and economy of line in simple pencil drawings were inspiring.  
Most of the chickens got eaten by a fox, unfortunately. The bees are still going strong.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Coventry Town hall

Back in Coventry again. This is a picture of the Town Hall (you can see the clock on the top left of the central tower) On the left you can see some of the road works which I drew in December - yes, still there!
The pub on the right is Drapers, the -under-new-ownership Brown's. It was briefly notorious in 2012 for being that pub which didn't serve pallbearers in military uniform.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Word Press Website

My website over at carolineparkinson.co.uk (follow the neatly crafted link below) is moving over to Wordpress at the moment so there may be some disruption for the next few days while I get settled. At the moment most of the content is sorted- it just doesn't look as pretty as it could.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Burma- end of the trip

The view from the plane, heading home

My two well travelled sketchbooks

 Seven countries, two sketchbooks, one pair of flip flops and many temples, rivers, border crossings, caves, pagodas, beaches, buses, mountains, rivers, rainstorms, bars, palaces, cities and sunsets later, the trip is over.

Inspired by Tomer Hanuka

I've been looking at Tomer Hanuka recently and was inspired to draw some POV artwork. The plan was to draw glasses  as a final layer and blur everything outside them, but because of the angle, and as there is no real focus in the picture, it didn't work. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Burma- the boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa-An

The boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa-An has been called one of the most beautiful boat journeys in the world, but that day the monsoon had started and you could see about fifty meters from the boat. When the most cleared once we'd arrived in Hpa-An, some beautiful views emerged. Sadly too late!

Burma- Hpa-An

The wet season had started, these were drawn while waiting for the rain to stop.
Hpa-An was one of the worst places we visited. The scenery is beautiful, the caves are interesting, but the people seemed to stare a lot and not smile much. We'd probably been spoilt, because people were so friendly and kind in most other places.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Burma- Monks playing Plants Versus Zombies

Here are some young monks near Mandalay. I was told that most men in Burma spend time as a monk at least twice, once between the age of ten and twenty, and once when they are older. It's common for younger monks to be school-aged, as the education in monasteries is usually better than what they would get at home. The top pictures are monks waiting to be served their lunch, at the bottom they are playing Plants vs Zombies.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Burma- Shwedagon Pagoda and Mandalay Hill

My first sketches of Burma. Here are two monks waiting for the rain to stop in a rare moment of quiet at the Shwedagon Pagoda. Yangon is a big, busy city and the pagoda is one of the most popular tourist stops. After I finished drawing, the monk on the right enjoyed a cheeky cigarette. Burmese monks' robes are usually red, and the deeper the colour, the more senior the monk. Adult monks are usually dark burgundy, so either these were foreign, or they'd been demoted (for illicit smoking?)

This is the view from Mandalay Hill , made famous by the Kipling poem, which hasn't aged well -and is really talking about Mawlamyine. Mandalay is an interesting, laid back city, and it's worth going to for this view alone. Don't listen to the Lonely Planet.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Cambodia- Siem Reap

Siem Reap. Beautiful, crawling with tourists (it wasn't high season when we went either) and really, really hot (about 40 degrees and very humid). It was difficult to keep from sweating on the paper. You just ooze at that temperature.

 There are tons of kids selling tourist tat at Angkor Wat. They'd watch you draw, and forget to pester you for money for ten minutes. After we talked to them for a bit, I saw them drawing in the dirt with sticks. 

Cambodia-Rabbit Island

See what I mean about Cambodia beaches?

Cambodia- Phnom Penh and scenery

I didn't expect to like Cambodia as much as I did, as we'd heard some pretty negative things about it. That isn't denying the troubled past, desperate inequality, swarms of flies, and massive amounts of rubbish but there are also friendly people, wonderful beaches and gorgeous food.

Laos-Plain of Jars

Sketches of the Plain of Jars, Phongsavan- and some sketches en route. Phongsavan is beautiful but it's not the easiest place to get to.


A couple of sights around Vientiane. Happy with the way the coloured pens worked out in the top picture. I've forgotten where that was drawn but the bottom picture is Buddha Park which is ...eccentric.

Laos-Luang Prabang

Some sketches in and around Luang Prabang