Will McLean is a designer and artist working in the Central Coast of NSW where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Will draws and paints out of habit and addiction. He writes about his struggles on the battlefield of art in the Art Archive section of this site.

Will is a meticulous developer and favours simplicity and clarity within his code. He can’t stand writing things twice so searches for any way to automate. His experiments can be found in the Exercises section of this site.

Will designs within systems. No project is too small for a design system. He favours the unusual, if not, how can he progress? You can read about his work in the Case Studies section of this site.

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Hyde park giant trees

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Harmony Park trees

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An ode to trees ( Art Archive )

Oh trees, Am I meant to draw every leaf? Or just draw a bulky circle round each clump of your leaves and use my pencil to mirror the texture of many leaves together? Please tell me, oh trees. ( October 8, 2018 )

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Back to my old seat ( Art Archive )

I had time for painting... then I didn't. Now I am back to my old seat in Harmony Park, Steadlier in hand and a head full of dreams. ( )

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Painting in front of the telly ( Art Archive )

After about two brush strokes I saunter on downstairs looking for a cup of tea and a chat. ( July 24, 2018 )

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Pros and cons of being a parent ( Art Archive )

Your house smells like vomit. ( June 17, 2018 )

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Asymmetric Archaeology ( Art Archive )

Asymmetric Archaeology brings together three contemporary artists whose practices incorporate elements of chaos and distortion when interpreting the urban landscape. ( March 30, 2018 )

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Did I drink that milk?… ( Art Archive )

My eyes are bleeding. I rub away the blood. I must focus. I have a show. I must draw. I pick up my pencil... #artforever #ibleedforart #nobodyunderstandsmysacrifices ( February 21, 2018 )

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A massive hand to match the pencil ( Art Archive )

I began to wish I had a massive pencil to match the massive paper size... but then i'd need a massive hand to match the pencil and then a massive arm to match the hand ( December 21, 2017 )

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Marginal gains ( Art Archive )

In a bid to make myself look more like a real-life artist I have decided to put sizes in the captions to my work. ( November 27, 2017 )

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When in doubt, scribble wildly ( Art Archive )

Draw a limb before drawing the rest of the body, that way there is no way you will get the proportions right. That is the aim. ( October 22, 2017 )

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Persistence is paying dividends ( Art Archive )

Scribbles, swirls and stripes are all things I was not really thinking about at the beginning. But those marks, combined with the greyscale are starting to give the drawings a bit of zing. They also make it look more toy. Important. Very important. ( September 22, 2017 )

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The light ( Art Archive )

I always pride myself on being pragmatic and not wallowing around in a dirty bath filled with self pity, but sometimes I find myself in that bath. ( August 22, 2017 )

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All children can paint ( Art Archive )

They never miss or let you miss the important things, like the scar on your forehead in a  family portrait. They know exactly when a drawing is finished and they are always happy with it. ( July 22, 2017 )

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The darkness ( Art Archive )

I need those likes. I'm a confidence player and I'm low on gas.... Ergghhhhhh. This is dark man. How can I carry on? ( July 21, 2017 )

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A new job ( Art Archive )

A change in medium is probably necessary. I can't set up in the park with full set of paints and an easel - I'll get paint on my suit. ( June 18, 2017 )

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I might try a wall ( Art Archive )

I drew a few more trees because someone made an off-hand comment about liking them. ( April 26, 2017 )

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A new commission ( Art Archive )

A painting doesn't have to be good for someone to take it, you just have to talk it up. It does help if it is free though. ( March 26, 2017 )

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A new pad of paper ( Art Archive )

I am painting the drawings I did earlier in the year. It is great because you aren't looking at a photo or real life, which means you aren't caught up in realism. ( February 26, 2017 )

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A new set of paints ( Art Archive )

Picasso's widely acclaimed blue period was not a conscious decision by a brilliant artist or a reflection of his state of mind after his friend's death — there was only blue paint left at Bunnings. ( January 26, 2017 )

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Finally… A break… ( Art Archive )

What am I going to do with all my spare time? I sure as hell won't be filling it with painting! I'll be happy if I never do another painting in all my life. I'm going to chuck out my paints right now. ( November 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 12 ( Art Archive )

These are now taking much more time then I first intended. God damn I am looking forward to the end of the month. ( October 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 11 ( Art Archive )

Faces are pretty good fun but they have a downside. The first thing anyone asks is "Who is it?" ( September 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 10 ( Art Archive )

A good entry into painting for anyone who wants to have a crack seems to be shapes. People and scenes are where it gets a little hairy. ( August 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 9 ( Art Archive )

Here is the trick. Forget the output and focus on the process. Don't go in with an idea of what the painting is going to look like and you will never be disappointed. This is a great way to maintain motivation and confidence. ( July 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 8 ( Art Archive )

The process should give you the best chance of producing something half decent. ( June 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 7 ( Art Archive )

I am still trying to unlearn the things I stole from that style school for myself. I am trying to unlearn clean lines, unlearn consistency, unlearn refinement and unlearn lines being in the spot you think they should be. ( May 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 6 ( Art Archive )

It is an awful catch 22. The more you want to draw like a child the harder it becomes. ( April 26, 2016 )

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Coloured Shapes, Mark 1 ( Art Archive )

Sometimes it if fun to put black in your shapes and then fill it with stars. ( April 15, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 5 ( Art Archive )

I have run out of things to draw. I have had to start making things up, which is a whole new ball game. Takes a bit more energy than I really want to expend. Ughhhh. ( March 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 4 ( Art Archive )

I drew out of a mix of guilt ("Oh, I really should do some drawings. I haven't done any in ages"), envy ("That person's drawings are so good, I wish I was that good") and boredom ("What should I do while I am watching this crap telly?"). ( February 26, 2016 )

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Drawing per day – Month 3 ( Art Archive )

You can't possibly set aside 2 hours per day for your drawing. They need to be done in 5 minutes. And they are. ( January 26, 2016 )