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

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.

Updated: December 5, 2017

This is a Art Archive post.

Drawing per day – Month 4

I am not sure I ever found drawing enjoyable. Not as far as I can remember. I found it hard work. It involved a lot of concentration. It was very emotional as I always wanted the drawings to be good and they never were… well they certainly weren’t perfect. 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?”).

Whilst doing one drawing per day stemmed from at least two of those feelings (guilt and envy) it has actually changed the way I feel about drawing. Due to the speed I no longer agonise over a drawing. I just get it done. I am no longer emotional as I accept that a drawing might turn out crap and I don’t worry as I know I’ll get another crack tomorrow. So now I am starting to look forward to sitting down and churning a drawing out. What a breath of fresh air. I actually enjoy drawing. 😍

Frog by Will McLean

Frog

A drawing of a photograph in a graf mag (I’ll find out which one) by Will McLean

A drawing of a photograph in a graf mag (I’ll find out which one).

A drawing of a photograph in a graf mag (I’ll find out which one) by Will McLean

A drawing of a photograph in a graf mag (I’ll find out which one).

Flora in the Blue Mountains by Will McLean

Flora in the Blue Mountains

Cars parked in Blackheath, Blue Mountains by Will McLean

Cars parked in Blackheath, Blue Mountains.

I think is the first time I have used a dry brush anywhere in the drawings. Normally my lines are thick and full of ink. I have always shied away from the scratchy dryer stroke. I think I like the look. I will use this again.

A goal by Will McLean

A goal

Uncle Bryan by Will McLean

Uncle Bryan.

Cars on Furze Hill, Hove by Will McLean

Cars on Furze Hill, Hove.

Cars make excellent subjects. They don’t move, they don’t look ugly or distorted when you draw them badly. I really like drawing cars. 🚗 🚕.🚙

Cars on Furze Hill, Hove by Will McLean

Cars on Furze Hill, Hove

Aimee Hirsch in Bathurst by Will McLean

Aimee Hirsch in Bathurst.

Self portrait by Will McLean

Self portrait