I just discovered that I haven’t been regularly sharing my everyday sketches – it was Feb last year when I last published a Last Week article! What???? That’s a sign of how jam packed 2019 was and that even though I was sketching a lot, I just didn’t find the time to share.
So, I hope to revive the habit of sharing my everyday sketches so that you can see what I’m really up to. I think there is something very beneficial in seeing absolutely all my sketches in the one spot. It’s certainly a good way for me to reflect on what I’ve achieved and what I want to do next, and I hope it’s helpful for you too.
I returned to work on the 6th Jan and so this article will actually share the last two weeks worth of sketching. I’m picking up from the end of my Summer Break here where I was using a square Handbook Travelogue sketchbook. I’m now using a Kunst and Papier Watercolour Book 24 x 20.6cm (9.4″ x 8.1″) 120 page book with 160gsm 35% cotton paper. It’s a big book, the paper is okay (better for me that the Handbook but still not perfect) and I’m enjoying using it. (A more detailed review coming – of course).
My sketching has been dominated by three themes:
– Sketching people: I’m doing the Sktchy 30 faces/30 days challenge and using that as a prompt to sketch people on location.
– Sketching food: I’ve just completed a personal challenge of sketching everything I eat for a month – what I call my Sketching Diet
– Sketching buildings: I’m sure you all know by now, that I’m hosting a Group Run-through of my SketchingNow Buildings course and so I’m doing the homework and lots of bonus material to add into the classroom.
I’ll share my Sktchy sketches in a separate article and will also explain more about my Sketching Diet soon. But for today, here are the pages from my sketchbook from the last two weeks. Note: I haven’t included my 30 faces 30 days sketches in this article.
Here are my pages:
A little slice through my sketch of Milan Cathedral which I did as a Building of the Week demo for the Buildings course.
BTW: The 3 videos I filmed last week will be replaced by a new one on Wednesday… so if you are doing the course and want to watch it please make sure you head to the classroom soon.
Wow, that was a lot of pages, wasn’t it?
Thanks to a few projects/challenges, I’m spending lots of time with my sketchbook and it feels great. I would still like to record more of my daily life, but it’s been a great start to the year for me and I feel as if I can build on this foundation.
How have you been going with your sketching this year? January can be a tough month for sketching – either due to the winter weather in the northern hemisphere or due to holiday time and lack of routines in the southern parts of the world.
I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.