Enjoy, and happy sketching! Hope to see you at the Farmers' Market SketchCrawl tomorrow!
|A Larry Marshall original, 2012|
"I'm an urban sketcher in Quebec City. This has not always been so, however. Like so many people, I've spent most of my life believing that I had no talent for art and shouldn't even try. [...] When I started sketching I gave myself thirty days to 'try' to draw. I'm glad I insisted on the 30-day trial as the first couple weeks of sketching were pretty frustrating. Maybe I couldn't do it, but I tried to draw something every day for 30 days. Some days I just doodled; some days I tried to sketch particular objects or places. Those sketches were mostly horrible, but every once in a while a sketch actually looked, sorta-kinda like the thing I was trying to sketch. The notion of 'can't' slowly slipped away and was replaced with 'wow...I'm having so much fun' and 'I'll never be bored again.'" Keep reading . . . -->
|Screen shot of Alissa's pages - her |
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Alissa Duke, from Australia, recently undertook a retrospective travel journal project. Her description of her methods, accompanied by page-by-page images of her nearly-completed journal, offer a wealth of ideas for folks interested in the travel journal style. It is part journal, and partially a critique of various travel recording methods she tests in the journal. She says,
"I am revisiting my 2007 holiday to Paris, as if I was there, drawing as much then as I do now ! ..My sketchbook is based on my diaries, photographs I took and where I thought I would have drawn at the time, as well as souvenirs I bought. Although this is created in retrospect, all the time I thought how would approach future travel sketchbooks." Keep reading . . . OR view her journal -->
|Screen shot of Wiley's|
"Location, location, location" blog post.
"Picture this. You're in public. You find something you want to draw so you spot a cafe, order a latte and when no one's looking you pull out your sketchbook. You try to hide it on your lap or under the table. You cover your art supplies with your bag, you try to draw discreetly. If someone looks in your direction you close the book, or worse, pack it away, the sketch half-finished, feeling deflated. [...] That was me at the beginning of the year. [...] I've gained much more confidence since. How? Just by doing it." Keep reading . . . -->
|Perhaps my first ever|
sketch, June 2012
This post articulates how I got back into the swing of things, earlier in 2012. Holding myself accountable to something beyond 'my best intentions' has always been fairly effective. So, I volunteered to teach a 6-session nature sketching course. Talk about jumping back in! Another post highlights some of the warm-up sketches made just as I began to redevelop the habit of frequent on-location sketching. You can also find a few more of my sketchbook-related posts, as well as some fundamental drawing exercises, by following this link.