Sushi Train

A super quick sketch at Sushi Train - just to confirm I'm not a multitasker when it comes to eating and sketching - it's too hard to concentrate!


Waihi Gold

A historic gold mine town dating back to the gold rush era of 1870's, mining started again in the 1980's but rather than tunnels, this time the mine is opencast. It's huge too – creeping closer and closer to the main street of town, they've even moved the historic old pumphouse 300 metres away form the pit rim – that's it visible on the pit edge to the right.

Part of the mine collapsed back in April, releasing 2 million tonnes of rock into the pit, putting a pause on mining operations which in turn meant the laying off of staff.

This is the old Cornish Pumphouse, just metres to the left of the building is downtown Waihi and to the right the open cast mine. It was moved almost 300 metres on steel rails (the incorrectly lurid red rusty steel running toward the foreground of this sketch).

On display just around the rim track is an enormous Caterpillar dump truck — the most powerful yet slow vehicle I've ever drawn 1000 hp with a max speed of only 60 Kph!


1946 Mercury

Interesting to get up close and personal with a Mercury. I understand they were basically upmarket Fords and this one absolutely bristles with extra chrome decoration the standard Fords didn't have.


Palmerston North Civic Administration Building

I was in Palmerston North last week, chained to a mac for 10 hours a day helping out on a project. I did manage to sneak out early one day though and grab a quick sketch in the square that I coloured that evening back in the motel.

It was really early, cold (for a soft jafa anyway) but quite pleasant. That tower with the glowing lights that make it look a bit like a giant Jim Speers artwork was working it's magic while it belted out chamber (?!) music to the ducks and their ducklings sheltering from the current duck shooting season.

This building stood out as interesting, if not a little surreal, and appears nestled in flax, cabbage trees and line of pou whenua from this angle. I've since discovered it's considered in some circles as one of New Zealand's ugliest buildings, but I'd disagree, it seems to suit the eclectic square nicely, even though it looks like it might lift off with a cargo of human specimens at any moment.


Paeroa yard find

New Zealand's most interesting car?

Another unfinished sketch from the Southward museum down on the Kapiti coast. That place is amazing (even for non-car nuts). I'd only read about these Czech beasts previously so it was pretty cool to see one in the flesh. The world's first aero designed car, with an air-cooled 3 litre V8 sitting off the back of the rear axle they could get along at over 150 kph which isn't bad for 1936.

New Zealand's Oldest Car

The 1895 Benz Aero – sketched at the Southward museum in Otaihanga over a year ago. Driving must have been a different experience in those days!

I'd originally only had time to get the pencil linework done before we hit the road again, so finished at home from a photo.