Jibbon Beach


A stylized sketch from the Jibbon Head Track in Royal National Park is full of dramatic sandstone cliffs and bright blue water. I hiked there on a windy, sunny day; no on else was there. 

Brush pen and markers 

Brownbook No. 18

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Porcupine Hill 

View from an overlook on Porcupine Hill in Gunnedah, NSW. I went on a short hike there and had the park all to myself! 

Liner pen and watercolor

Brownbook No. 18

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Sydney Waterfront 

I’m back in Australia! Here are some sketches from the two of Sydney’s harbors. 


Brush pen, liner pen, gel pen, and watercolor
Brownbook No. 18

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The Map: North Island

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Some might suggest investing in a larger sketchbook, but to them I say: no, invest in a creative solution. The original New Zealand map is much smaller, though it depicts both islands. Here is my biggest and most complex trip-map to date. It requires a bit of origami to properly fold and unfold, but it fits neatly into my sketchbook and that’s all that matters. This map highlights the 28 hikes that I completed during my 23 week stay on the North Island. It fails to express how much time I spent driving on winding New Zealand highways, especially the cross-island thoroughfare Highway 1. I traveled from the island’s northernmost tip (Cape Reinga), to its southmost point (Cape Palliser), and to many, many, many places between.

Brownbook No. 17

Liner pen, brush, marker, watercolor, and thread

 

 

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Tui Tui

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Less iconic overseas than the awkward kiwi bird, the tui is nonetheless beloved in New Zealand. These chatty featherheads seem to be the only bird that thrives despite invasive predators. Tuis can be found everywhere from the remotest forest park to trees lining city promenades. They are loud and boisterous, and easy to pick out in the bush due to their distinctive chatter. One Dutch backpacker dubbed them the “R2D2 birds” in honor of their quirky warbling. Take a listen, then do sound rather robotic!

 

Brownbook No. 17

Liner pen and watercolor

 

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Windy Wellington

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New Zealand’s capital is notorious for its wet and windy weather. At the peak of summer it was chilly and damp and gray there. The bay was frothed to a frenzy by a driving wind, and not even the bravest open water swimmers dared to go out.

Brownbook No. 17

Liner pen and marker

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River Journey

The Whanganui River begins in the rugged volcanic foothills of Tongagriro and flows in a long sweeping curve down to the south coast, meeting the sea in the town of Wanganui. According to Maori legend, the river was formed when Mt. Taranaki stormed off to the southwest after being snubbed by volcano maiden. He gouged a trail in the earth in his anger, and this trough filled with water to form the river. 

We survived a trial by fire on the first day, thrashing through numerous rapids on our way into the more placid gorge. Traffic on the river was minimal, and we opted to stay at less frequented campgrounds, offering extreme peace and quiet. 


On our last day we saw a whio (blue duck) as we set off. These rare ducks live only in fast flowing water and have rubbery “lip” on their beak that acts like the suction nozzle on a vacuum, perfect for sucking algae off rocks. 

These drawings document four of our five days on the river. 

Brownbook No. 17

Brush, liner pen, and watercolor

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