Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekly Drawing: Week 26 - Louisa Lawson printing Australia's first female-produced journal, 1888.

Louisa Lawson printing The Dawn on an old press at her cottage.
 The Dawn was Australia's first female-produced journal, published from 1888-1905.
This week's drawing is of Louisa Lawson printing Australia's first female-produced journal, The Dawn, which she founded in 1888. I admire the DIY attitude of Louisa and her all-female team of editors and printers (very controversial at the time!).

NSW women only gained the right to vote in 1902, 14 years after they first published. I wanted to create an image which depicts the joy these women must have felt at having an independent outlet to express themselves.

Mosaic tribute to Lousia Lawson by Cynthia Turner
 Lousia Lawson Reserve, Renwick St Marrickville. 

I first heard about Louisa Lawson only recently, whilst watching Federation: Australia's journey to nationhood. She was a fascinating person: publisher, journalist, feminist, poet and the mother of Henry Lawson. Plus while researching her background I discovered she had lived on Renwick St, Marrickville, only a few streets away from where I live. Wow! I'd love to read her biography. She's an important part of Austarlian history.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Weekly drawing 25: Two drawings this week

I couldn't decide, so it's two drawings this week...
While watching a documentary "Federation: Australia's journey to nationhood" narrated by John Doyle.
I sketched a portrait of Richard Baker and his moustache 
Dracula sleeps outside the Marrickville TAB
If you want to see Dracula in the flesh, he is often asleep on his scooter during the day. He hangs out with a group of old men who smoke outside the Marrickville TAB. However be warned, as the sun sets he can wake up pretty hungry. This is when he will try to run over a pedestrian breakfast.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly drawing 24 - Huckleberry Finn

 "It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or just happened... "
This week's drawing is a mocked-up cover of a book I love, and dream of illustrating one day. My desire was to create an image which brings to the fore the innocence and freedom of Huck and Jim. Many depictions I've seen of the book have glossed over a fairly major symbol of their innocence and freedom: that they did, in fact, travel most of the time naked. 

"We was always naked, day and night, whenever the mosquitoes would let us - the new clothes Buck's folks made for us was to good to be comfortable..."
I wanted to create an image which depicted this, but ensuring it looked natural and innocent rather than dodgy. And I'm very happy with how it came out!