When regular sketchers are in the middle of a busy period they either will madly try to squeeze in a sketch at the slightest opportunity (working quicker or limiting their composition) or they will simply abandon all attempts until things settle down again. I have been generally characterised by the former behaviour (especially when I was working full time in an architectural office) but these days, as sketching is now my work, I am finding myself falling into the latter category. What? am I sometimes choosing just to relax and read rather than madly sketch at all possible times? Yes, this is a radical change in behaviour for me!
Anyway, I really haven’t been sketching in the last week or so… well apart from what’s on the table whenever I am in a cafe! Its making my sketchbooks full of the one subject matter but it is really nice to start my hustle days with a little moving of pigment around the page. I am still waiting to do a latte sketch that I am really happy with, so the challenge is still keeping me engaged even though the subject matter is the same every day.
I am trying to get back into a regular rhythm after a few weeks of big projects and teaching, so hoping that a little variety will appear in the coming week. This idea of repetition in sketching subject matter seems to be a repetitious subject for discussion in these weekly sketchbook reflections. Check out previous posts here and here.
But, in the meantime, here are my lean pickings from the last week or so.
So, in closing, I would love to hear from you:
When you are busy do you abandon sketching all together? Or do quicker versions of your normal work? Or find a simpler subject matter to tackle?