We were still talking way after 4pm when the tearoom was closed and when we realised the time Stephanie cried “Oh! but I wanted to see you sketch a teacup.” So in only a few minutes (3 or 4) I put down a few paint strokes in pure reflex sketching mode.
So this isn’t really a finished sketch. I would normally have added some lines and another layer of more precise paint strokes over the top. The best way to describe it is an extended first pass – because I knew I would only get time for one pass, I just did a little more than normal for this first stage so that it described the cup as a whole.
I am slightly tempted to finish the sketch, but well… these days I have the tendency to leave incomplete sketches in my book as a record of how much I managed to do at the time – or more accurately a record of how much I was talking at the time! And so I’m going to resist the temptation and not touch this sketch. I will just have to go back again soon and do another (finished) version, won’t I?
Oops, I just posted three images of the one sketch (and three photos of myself) into a single blog article. Tragic!
So what about you? Do you leave incomplete sketches as they are in your sketchbook, or do you generally complete them later on? And why?