Technique Showcase

The Techniques Showcase is an informal afternoon where people show off their special tips and tricks, interacting with small groups, or individual people, as they wander in. It’s a great way to learn or present without the need for a big production. 

Join us Wednesday afternoon for a display of art techniques you can explore at your leisure. Artists will be working at their craft and available to answer your questions as they demonstrate.

We’ve been lucky to secure a great venue, generously provided by the Biology Department. Room 305 on level three of the Goddard Building is a short walk from the conference accommodation at the Women’s College.

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Australian Brush Turkey, ©Sami Bayly

Sami Bayly

Painting ‘Ugly’ Animals with Watercolours

Are Aesthetics Important in Animal Conservation? Unfortunately, less appealing species are drawing in less interest from scientists and the public, meaning that those in power and of wealth are not as enthusiastic to make a difference.

Over the last 12 months, I have illustrated 60, A3 watercolour paintings of animals that I deemed to come under the ‘ugly’ umbrella for a children’s book, ‘The Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals’ soon to be published by Hachette Australia.

The purpose of which is to educate and inspire younger generations of the importance of taking care of our vulnerable species (whether we find them appealing or not), and to teach people of all ages that although a creature may look ‘ugly’ to you, it almost always has a purpose or function behind each unflattering feature.

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Tumeric, ©Tallulah Cunningham

Tallulah Cunningham

Leaf it to dry a moment longer!

Painting botanical specimens in watercolour is a delicate and time-intensive process, but it produces beautiful results. Working from wet-into-wet to dry-brushing for finer details one builds up shadows, colours and textures. There also comes a point when one has to stop, put down the brush, step back, let the paint dry, and come back to it after a strong cup of tea.

Demonstrator Tallulah Cunningham will be working from the first wash to finishing details to depict a native botanical specimen. There may be the potential for a little hands-on experimentation for those who have not had the opportunity to try watercolour before.

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Theodosia rodorigezi, ©Bonnie Koopmans, 2018

Bonnie Koopmans

Digital art - Procreate app on iPad Pro

Bonnie Koopmans will be demonstrating digital illustration on the iPad Pro using Procreate, to show how this versatile combination allows for the production of both field sketches and finished artworks.

Watching Bonnie at work will give you an insight into the workshop she will be teaching alongside Julian Teh during the workshop.

Chris Lambkin

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Whale collage, ©Glenda Lee Mahoney, 2018

Glenda Mahoney

Marine Plastic Collage

Marine life is under threat from a variety of human effects, including climate change, ocean acidification, and plastic pollution. My most recent piece depicts a mother humpback whale, (Megaptera novaeangliae), with a calf, and is made from plastic debris collected in Northern California as well as Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, which are areas the whales will migrate between to breed and feed. I donate 20% of my profits to the Surfrider Foundation, which campaigns against plastic pollution.

I’d like to create a new collage using plastic that I hope to collect in Brisbane and work on it during the techniques showcase. Visitors will be welcome to participate in making the collage with me
[website link: www.glendamahoney.com ]

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©Scott Rawlins

Scott Rawlins

Sculpting soft-bodied animals with polymer clay

In the lead up to Scott’s all-day workshop, he will demonstrate some of his techniques when manipulating polymer clay. One shaped, his beautiful models are finally painted to simulate surface colour. Though used primarily by craftspeople, polymer clay has recently come to the attention of museum preparators and scientific artists.

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Prickly Pear Cactus, ©Deborah Shaw, 2016

Deborah Shaw

Vellum Techniques: Drybrush and Masking Fluid

Deborah will demonstrate her particular techniques using masking fluid with a brush on a traditional vellum substrate. The drybrush method with watercolour is particularly suitable for vellum as it absorbs moisture far too readily. Watch how she achieve such glowing results.

For more examples of Deborah’s work visit: www.dbshawstudios.com/

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Auckland Island Shag, ©Julian Teh, 2017

Julian Teh

Adobe Photoshop and Wacom Cintiq Pen-Display Tablet Demonstration

Julian Teh will be demonstrating digital illustration in Adobe Photoshop, using a computer and Wacom Cintiq pen-display tablet to show how this setup can produce polished studio pieces.

Watching him work on his own pieces will give you insight into the all-day workshop Julian will be teaching during the conference.

Judith Thompson