I want to get back to the habit of reviewing my previous week of sketches and discussing the main themes that arise from my work. In a recent article I realised that thinking about ‘when do I sketch?’ related directly to everything I did that week. BTW Thanks to everyone who left a comment on that article – I loved reading every one!
A few thoughts that I’ve had as I review the past week’s collection:
- How dependent I’ve become on my daily local ‘walk and sketch’. When I don’t manage something on-location I feel as if my sketching has been lacking that day! Related to this…
- When sketching at home I find it hard to think of something (other than my teacups and teapots) to sketch.
- I’ve really enjoyed doing all the Foundations exercises again!
- I’m thinking about lots of techniques from my Sketchbook Design course as I try to make my ordinary pages more interesting.
- How much I love using an 8×10″ Softcover Alpha (by Stillman and Birn) again. It really is the best size and format for me – with so many options for designing the page.
And oh! just to let you know there is a group forming who will go through the Sketchbook Design lessons starting on 6th April. So if you have been thinking about signing up for this course, it’s a good time right now to do so. You’ll then be able to work through the exercises with other supportive and motivating sketchers. To sign up for Sketchbook Design please check out this page. If you have already enrolled in the course, I’ll be sending out an email with specific instructions next week.
Okay… that’s enough preamble… here are all the spreads since my last update:
Saturday: A teacup sketch that was intentionally placed in a corner (just for fun) and a very quick sketch from my car before an appointment.
SImple line drawing on my way to the supermarket and the first page of Manganese Blue Hue swatches. See more here.
More mixing swatches and a late night teacup sketch to complete the spread (close up here). I generally like to start a new page on a new spread so I often do an evening sketch just to complete a spread.
Tuesday: During the day I did the two following full spread pages so once again in the evening I had to finish this spread. Another tea-related sketch was the way I filled my page. This is the least practical teapot in my collection as it doesn’t have an infuser and is too big for daily use.
Doing Foundations Lesson 11 indoor exercise: Sketching my computer desk and documenting my new-ish Kanban board on the wall behind my imac. It’s working well even though I’m only using it for some projects.
Doing Lesson 11 outdoor exercise at Goodfields Eatery.
Friday: My teapot collection sketch that I did in the evening – see more here.
Friday: In the evening I realised that my first spread for the day was empty so I decided that I needed to do a Palladio sketch while having a cup of tea. So here is Palazzo Valmarana in Vicenza – it was nice to do a perspective sketch like this! Hmm, maybe I should get back to my Palladian Urban Building project.
And then I did a paint-only version of my cast iron teapot.
Saturday: A fun day with family – birthday party for my brother. I didn’t get a chance to sketch at the time so back home I sketched the cake from a photo and then added an envelope to store the cards and drawings given to me by my nieces and nephews. BTW each quadrant of the cake was decorated by a different child.
So all up… even though I didn’t feel as if I had sketched as much as usual, it turned out to be a fun collection of sketches with a good variety of subject matter.
I love mixing on-location sketches with objects and as much as I enjoy sketching teacups and teapots, I would like to sketch other things as well. So I’m thinking about whether I should start working through a prompt list for objects around the home. Stay tuned for more about that.
How did you go last week with your sketching? I would love to know – so please leave a comment below.
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