4/28/17

A closer look at the Sky City Convention Centre



I've been working just over the road from the Sky City Convention Centre since before the project started a year or so ago. In that time the noise levels in the office have gone through the roof! Thousands of trucks have traveled past our windows, at first trucking out the 180,000 cubic metres of demolished buildings, soil and clay. Now the trucks are bringing in the pre-cast concrete slabs and clean fill.

There are four cranes now working flat-out, and constantly beeping, with another horn blasting at random intervals throughout the day. With the NZ Tourism building next to us set to be demolished I think it's time to find a quieter place to work!

I chose a quiet Sunday morning to try to sketch the great hole in the ground from a closer view point. I didn't last long — even though I was standing outside the gates on Nelson Street and with absolutely no construction work happening. I'd just got the basics of this sketch down when this very efficient security guard appeared from nowhere and moved me on. I managed to sketch him on the spot and colour him later from memory.



4/18/17

Demolition on Viaduct Harbour


The old Sumunovich Fisheries Building right on the edge of the Viaduct is making way for new apartment block. Slowly but surely the old industrial parts of the waterfront are being tidied away.

You've got to love the name of this demolition company – Yakka — as in hard yakka meaning hard work.

4/9/17

Bruce wants to go Faster wins award

I'm amazed and excited to tell you that Bruce wants to go faster has been recognised as a Storylines Notable Book for 2017! 

Amazing to be included amongst some of NZ's childrens books masters. Here is the full list and poster (click the poster for a closer look)....


Storylines Notable Books List 2017
The Storylines Notable Books List 2017, for books published in 2016, has been announced. The award-winning titles are:
Non-Fiction
  • See Play Do: A Kid’s Handbook for Everyday Creative Fun written and illustrated by Louise Cuckow (Beatnik)
  • Bruce Wants to Go Faster by Dreydon Sobanja, illustrated by Murray Dewhurst (Inspired Kids)
  • Armistice Day: the New Zealand Story by Philippa Werry (New Holland)
  • Speed King: Burt Munro, the World’s Fastest Indian by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush by Jack Marcotte (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • The Beginner's Guide to Netball by Maria Tutaia (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • Cricket with Kane Williamson by Kane Williamson (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A True New Zealand Story by Kennedy Warne, illustrated by Heather Hunt (Potton and Burton)
  • ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (Scholastic NZ)
  • Much ado about Shakespeare written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Upstart).
Picture Books
  • If I was a Banana by Alexandra Tylee, illustrated by Kieran Rynhart (Gecko)
  • Gwendolyn! by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton (HarperCollins)
  • Tuna and Hiriwa by Ripeka Takotowai Goddard, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews (Huia)
  • Maui – Sun Catcher by Tim Tipene, illustrated by Zak Waipara (Oratia)
  • Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic NZ)
  • Gorillas in our Midst by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones (Scholastic NZ)
  • Henry Bob Bobbalich by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Link Choi (Scholastic NZ)
  • Witch’s Cat Wanted Apply Within written by Joy H Davidson, illustrated by Nikki Slade-Robinson (Scholastic NZ)
  • The Harmonica by Dawn McMillan, illustrated by Andrew Burdan (Scholastic NZ)
  • Rasmas by Elizabeth Pulford, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Scholastic NZ)
  • The Best Dad in the World by Pat Chapman, illustrated by Cat Chapman (Upstart)
Junior Fiction
  • The Road to Ratenburg by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop (Gecko)
  • Annual edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko)
  • The Diamond Horse by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins UK)
  • Rona by Chris Szekely, illustrated by Josh Morgan (Huia)
  • Enemy Camp by David Hill (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • The Impossible Boy by Leonie Agnew (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • Grandad’s Wheelies by Jack Lasenby, illustrated by Bob Kerr (Penguin Random House NZ)
  • Barking Mad by Tom E Moffatt (Scholastic NZ)
  • Sunken Forest by Des Hunt (Scholastic NZ)
Young Adult
  • Lonesome When You Go by Saradha Koirala (Makaro)
  • Coming Home to Roost by Mary-anne Scott (Penguin Random House NZ)

 

3/29/17

Hurstmere Green, Takapuna


A quick attempt to capture this public space in the center of Takapuna. I quite like what they're doing over there – a connection between the town and the beach is slowly appearing.

3/14/17

Picturing Politics



Attended an interesting talk last night at Auckland University. Steve Bell, the well known Guardian political cartoonist is in residence as the Hood Fellow. What a great opportunity to get up close with a cartooning legend. I've always enjoyed viewing Bell's often outrageous cartoons whenever I stumble across them. (Take a look at his cartoons here if you aren't familiar with his work).

It was a panel talk, along with kiwi cartooning legends Sharon Murdoch and Chris Slane. It was really interesting to learn a little of the thought process behind their work, a little bit of the practicalities of the job - things that have always intrigued me. Aucklanders can check out his exhibition and talk later this week here.

I had a go at quickly capturing them as they talked. I think Chris and Sharon look almost right, but Steve looks either curmudgeonly or demonic depending which sketch you look at — and neither of those descriptions would be true!