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01-14-2017, 03:54 AM
Good evening all,

Just passing through and thought I may as well share some freely drawn stuff.
I see quite a few contributors are submitting loose stuff too :) In time I'll comment when I have less pressure on.

OK. So here goes:
Frillneck Lizards flare up! Cretacolor charcoal block only with water on prepared Yupo. Yes I used a pencil detailing brush...

Galah profile. On prepared Yupo with a nifty trick which I'll share one day...

Bluetongue Lizards also called stumpies. Done with Pierre Noire pencil on prepared Yupo with H2O to trick its behaviour.

A bit hot these halcyon days. Turning 62 years of age tomorrow. Oh! The sorrow!

Cheers to all and sundry in the deep freeze up above the line - from Tasmania,
Pieter Zaadstra

01-14-2017, 12:41 PM
Very well done drawings! Very realistic detail.
Happy birthday! :)

01-14-2017, 05:29 PM
Wonderful drawings! I have never tried Yupo before but it seems a tricky thing to work with if you want detail, it looks good for looser work. You have both here! I like the lizards a lot. when you say prepared yupo, what does this mean? Thanks. :)

01-15-2017, 03:59 PM
Greetings from Tassie,

Hello Sheryl,
62 birthday done and dusted! Phew! Thanks etc.

Hello Kay,
Yupo is a love affair. It is something to push to extremes. In my sig below are flipbooks. The last one, Module 12, has links on its final page that include each one. Earlier flipbooks have links to PDFs that hint at doing Yupo things.

Yupo deserves to be flogged and pushed around. Results are potentially staggeringly good.

The one drawback is the time required to experiment and to accept failure and frustration. Those persistent types who get on with it get a lot out of it.

In my view Yupo is fantastic because it allows me to push my limits, to go extreme. I get up each morning to challenge the products in the studio. I need another 62 years at least!

Pieter Zaadstra

chammi kaiser
01-17-2017, 04:14 AM
Fabulous work, Pieter. You really are a master with the Yupo.

01-17-2017, 04:42 AM
Pieter your drawings are always so expressive...they look great :)

01-17-2017, 08:06 AM
Thanks for the information on Yupo, I will take a look at the flipbooks later. :)

01-17-2017, 03:27 PM
Lovely as always...

Keep it loose!! :lol:

01-21-2017, 11:47 PM
Hi Chammy, you are well in the deepest freeze?
Hello fedetony, I’m posting to stir you up, you know :)
Greetings Kay in Edinburgh, have fun in the frosts…
Hi to Colorado dwellers to!

Anyway, here’s a drawing that is most moody…
Cretacolor charcoal block into finest kaolin surface to allow milky blendings
a wash on prepared gesso Yupo Plus 640 mm x 940 mm full sheet...
(a rub of graphite block to burr effect for a finish)

Cheers from a very warmish Sunday in Tasmania,

01-23-2017, 01:44 AM
Hi all,
The Elephant had sunshine and so does this one:
Launceston Harbour scene with the 'Alcheringa'
Setup with 'woody' crayon and then charcoal wash. Yupo.
Just sharing etc.

01-26-2017, 01:45 AM
Okidoki super troopers,

Here's a WIP setup that's rough as...! Really cheeky flippancy.
Now, the choice is to say it's finished.
Another choice is to refine the charcoal drawing caper risking the spontaneous explosion.
...or shall I go into colour?

No. idea actually....

Charcoal drawn and then water to wash the spatial arrays on prepared Yupo.

Pieter Zaadstra

01-27-2017, 01:03 AM
Greetings from a very warm Tassie Dweller,

You can be brazen and do kelpie pups on a full sheet with a big square brush over deft varied lines....
....or you can do two panels on a full sheet with the same big brush and a fine one to touch up over charcoal lines.
Publishing Spread on Yupo prepped for the occasion...
Pieter Zaadstra

01-27-2017, 04:36 AM
Lovely images Pieter.... you going to glaze them with oils?

An Artist's Life
01-29-2017, 08:15 PM
I love the dogs! How cute! About adding color or saying it's finished: It looks complete to me right now. I am sure it would look great with color, too, but when I looked at it, it looked complete. Your drawings are superb.

01-31-2017, 10:43 AM
Pieter, your work is absolutely and totally awe inspiring! I'm a big fan of Yupo but have only used watercolor on it...will check your flipbooks for sure. Thanks for sharing! Happy belated birthday! Mine was last Monday and have reached #64 now, whew! is right, still kicking!

02-01-2017, 05:49 PM
Very exciting drawings! Haven't used Yupo yet, but you are nudging me one step closer- looks like a fun surface to play on.

02-04-2017, 09:55 PM
Pieter, I am almost surprised that at 62 you weren't overly influenced by the post modernists, no doubt it was Sake that guided you otherwise! Yupo post-dates my education but your drawings and watercolours illustrate what can be done with it. Outdoors drawing and watercolour painting is on my to do list for winter when Wang' temperatures become tolerable again. Come June I'm headed Outback to attend the Barunga Festival (http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/video/779943491591/Barunga-Or-Bust) where there'll be plenty of inspiration for drawing and painting. You would be right in your element, may see you there! :thumbsup:

02-12-2017, 12:52 AM
Hello all and sundry :)

Greetings Mark in Wangaratta… Not sure if I can get away to go walkabout. Things are hectic. Miss Precocious is attending St. Patricks college now and I’m chauffeur etc.

Cheers Pat - Yupo is a substrate to try out and punish mercilessly. It’s fun too.

Hello Kay - Texas eh? Always figured I’d go there one day.

Greetings to “An Artist’s Life” - thanks for dropping by etc.

Fedetony - I’ll post some notes on how I finish these drawings sometime. Once I have time….

Here's the sketch of 'Stampy' x 4 on one sheet, Anneke's Jack-Russel blend of all-sorts.
Just plain ol' charcoal on koalin prepped Yupo which makes it warm up a tad. Apply water to wash...

Cheers from a warm day in Tasmania,
Pieter Zaadstra

02-12-2017, 11:37 AM
Such cool creatures! Wowee! I want to watch you work :)

02-13-2017, 11:59 PM
Hello World!

Greetings moderator 'eyepaint' and thanks for your enthusiasm. To see me do things will be presented in 'Tales' Volume 3.
I've begun impositioning and gamut corrections etc. Hopefully it'll stream along without too much drama.

Here's a spread to begin the mischief. Sharing it for fun.
Charcoal and water on prepared Yupo full sheet toned warmish.
The windmill is found at my old village and the 'owl' board belongs to the ol' farm.
Selfportrait as the contemplative storyteller with barn owls...

Pieter Zaadstra

02-17-2017, 12:21 AM
Hello tragics of art,

Charcoal drawing and using water really gets my enthusiasm level high.
Here are two examples on Yupo, both in support of stories.
This is unfinished but far enough along to share...

The hare appears in a story about my youth when chasing them towards the guns...

Pieter Zaadstra

02-17-2017, 05:53 PM
Those are absolutely beautiful! There is so much life and everything is so dynamic. You can almost feel the light in all of them, which is very hard to convey in black and white (and tones of grey). Wow!

02-19-2017, 11:11 PM
Hello Studio Dwellers and 'studiokatto' Kathy too :),

Here's a drawing I've toyed with. It's a kestrel over the sandstone cliffs at Beachport, South Australia.
Once, years ago, Tanya and I had a studio nearby and I whiled away hours raptor spotting.
Pierre Noire 1730 pencil and its charcoal powder that is applied wet with a large brush.
On prepared Yupo with a trick I'm writing an article about.
The textures of sandstone cliffs is for exploring. Techniques I know and inventing new ways too...

Pieter Zaadstra

02-26-2017, 01:04 AM

I figure if those cliffs at Cape Martin are a feature why not refine the textures.
Here's today playtime:
Poirre Noire Charcoal pencil and its powder in wash only.
On Yupo prepared to allow the charcoal to swoon and mellow.
BTW Plenty of pigeon home in those hollows. A regular smorgasbord.

Pieter Zaadstra

03-03-2017, 12:01 AM
Hello everyone,

Here's today's effort while sitting the art gallery... :)
Playing with a slightly different angle to capture the harness and kelpie pup.
Thought I'd plan to see how it will look before going onto canvas.

On Yupo. Just charcoal pencil, creta block, powder and water. Cross-hatching and water runs. Why not, eh?


Pieter Zaadstra

03-05-2017, 12:49 AM
Hello Yupo enthusiasts :)

Anneke 'old world' :) today...
I promised to do this drawing and soon the young lady turns 12 years of age
and I'll be doing another to mark the occasion. Sooooo..... here she is in my
favorite technique of drawing in charcoal - freely flowing and vibrant to suit
the model. It's got a bear so sharing here is okay, I think...

Charcoal on prepared Yupo with some touch-me-up lines in graphite.
Wash crosshatching.

Sharing to keep the dream alive.
Pieter Zaadstra

03-12-2017, 12:53 AM
Sunday evening greetings,

Working on Yupo means pushing boundaries, even if the subject is a poem from earlier times.
Thus a little bit of grunge helps bring the tonal mood...

The poem is about plovers, militant birds.

I am not 100% convinced I want to go this way. So here's my horse rider study so I may redo the concept later...


The poem is by John Shaw Neilson...


03-19-2017, 02:13 AM
Hello Drawers All,

Grabbing a moment to show my latest 'on Yupo' efforts:



Both charcoal and black-n-red-brown watercolour combo on prepared Yupo full sheets.

Regards from Tasmania. Busy busy busy CYA

Pieter Z.

03-24-2017, 08:54 AM
These are gorgeous I love the work you are doing on and with this medium. It is not an easy medium to master but you have done so brilliantly. Thank you so much for sharing with us your masterful paintings.

03-24-2017, 05:02 PM
Hello Sam L in China? Thanks for your enthusiasm.
To the ULF - 'united lurkers front' >> here's something different:

Blimey! Greetings extr’ordinary worl’ ov Fantasists.
Oh! The sorrow!
Hither in da land “Down Under” grievous injury is owaaahr reality. We dwell in lands invested wiv da vampire koala (Phascolarctos cinereus lamia) what flits abaaaht suckin' blood an' generally behavin' carnivorously.
Nobody is safe! Especially if 't be true campin' aaaht in da bush! Bawbling flocks ov deese koala kritters forage durin' times ov da full moon at which hour we wot they art abaaaht by blood curdlin' screams an' gurglin' chomps. Entire sheep flocks did do carryeth off ter ledges up 'igh an' nev'r seen again.
The spawn ov Dracula is Down Under! Oh! The sorrow!
Nuff did do sayeth, yeah?

'Woody' Stabilotone black-n-maroon with a whimper of W/N vermilion on prepared Yupo.
I made this last week for the Fantasy monthly challenge. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21064258&posted=1#post21064258)

Sleep well :)
Pieter Z

03-26-2017, 02:34 AM
Hello Yupo fans,

If you prepare the sheet of Yupo and then rub talc into the tooth a surface for graphite becomes a treat:


This example is graphite 9B only with graphite powder added to a spreader mix for homemade paint.
Gets to be freaky when pushing it around.
A deft flippancy is required to really max out the potential.
Fix to suit.

Decoyers with the stone hide at Lake Bonney in South Australia, my old hunting grounds...

Pieter Zaadstra

04-02-2017, 05:35 AM
Greetz Wildlife Artists et al,

Talk about pressure! Client phones to request one job, like urgent.
So I do two for choice. Why not? Schedule tight, do two.
A day and another to turn around. Manic behavior ensues.
Client can't decide and purchases both. Just love studio life!
Nervous breakdown delayed until Tuesday, OK?

On Yupo FGS 200 gsm prepared
On Yupo FGS 200 gsm prepared

both are 510 mm x 760 mm sheets

Cheers from the insanity at Gravelly Beach Studio

04-16-2017, 08:09 PM
Greetings during Easter Time,

Sorry about the absences. Busy etc.
Meanwhile I've setup a work that'll go into colour shortly.
Here's the graphite block-in:
On Yupo recycled sheet which has a slightly darker tinted substrate.
Usual grunge methods but painting with a sponge as well...
Cheers from Tasmania,

04-16-2017, 09:16 PM
Great work! Now I REALLY want to get hold of some Yupo paper & give it a try! (not that my results will be as spectacular as yours!:lol: )

04-27-2017, 03:37 AM
Greetz to everyone,

Here's another example of going over the top!
Initial idea sketch for an oil painting. Current work in progress.
Graphite on prepared Yupo and 95%+ applied with a sponge and then 9B tickling and fretting.
Completely unfinished yet you get the idea. Self as the 'ugly' x 3 and the bird as the 'beauty'.
No idea where this is going but the technique is interesting :)

Pieter Zaadstra

chammi kaiser
04-30-2017, 02:35 AM
Absolutely love this Pieter. It has so much drama and yet there is an element of fun.

04-30-2017, 10:18 PM
Wow... more awesome stuff on Yupo!! You are definitely a master when it comes to the Yupo and graphite.... if only I could do as well.... I've tried a few things on Yupo, prepared as you described and had some pretty massive failures! The stuff is just tricky!! Was doing alright then tried to fix an area and managed to lose a good bit of the work... :lol: ... oh well.... back to the drawing board.. one of these days I'll figure the stuff out... :lol:

05-10-2017, 12:16 AM
Hello Chammi,
Happy to share lots of fun :)

Greetings KareBear94,
Graphite setup sketch can be pushed into colour too.

Here’s an example:
Smoked Trout. Graphite sketch with oils on FGS 200 gsm Yupo. Flippant-n-loose...

Pieter Z

05-14-2017, 12:07 AM
Ok, gee, how did I miss all this!
Pieter great works here. Your skill with this support and medium is fantastic. Very inspirational, such marvelous detail offset with smoky blends, wonderful!

Rod Turner
05-14-2017, 01:14 PM
Gorgeous work!

05-14-2017, 04:05 PM
Sensational work on Yupo!!!:clap: I'm about to start experimenting on Yupo with Alcohol Ink!!!It's a fairly new medium!

05-15-2017, 04:30 AM
Wonderful work Pieter... so inspiring :)

06-06-2017, 01:46 AM
Hi troops,

Been away actively making a living at art. A ‘lil bit oxy-moronic I know, earning a crust by art, but someones got to do it.

Greetz to fedetony the enthusiast, Bertoni the alcohol ink enthuser, and Rod :)

A special 'hi' to Talisman from that other forum....

Here’s something.
It’s from 1986 when I exploded onto Dalton 3 Phase polypropylene sheets for direct laser scanning techno stuff. We taped this to the drum and wrote the printing file. Cool eh?

Anyway, this artwork looks like it was done yesterday. No deterioration signals at all. Now I reckon that’s freaking weird….
Pieter Z

06-06-2017, 05:33 AM
Greetz to you too ;).. looks very colorful :) eccentric I would say :D

06-08-2017, 07:24 PM
Wow this one is so cool, lovely, vibrant and bright!
The background is so cool, and yet the bird holds his own. I really like the way some of the color streamers go over the tail.
Nice to hear from you whenever you have the time...hey, if you're making money at art more power to you!