I know that some of you are afraid to sketch on location as you are worried that people will see you, look over your shoulder or even speak to you. But if you put those thoughts aside for a moment… if it’s lovely weather don’t you just want to be outside enjoying it?
As for people noticing me, I’m finding lately that it happens very rarely! I think this is because in recent times I’m not sitting on the ground or on a stool, but simply finding a bench or low wall to sit on and so I’m hardly ever in conspicuous locations. Just for the record I actually love having conversations with other people mid-sketch and have no problem sitting in crazy obvious positions to sketch. It’s just that lately I’ve been choosing the most comfortable spots to sketch from. (Refer to this article for tips about what to do if you are afraid to sketch in public.)
BTW I love being outside to sketch even when the weather is not so nice! I love getting fresh air (whether cold or hot), I enjoy the challenge of sketching in wild winds or trying to stay dry when it’s raining, and I just love being in my own little bubble while the world goes around me.
Anyway… to get back to my sketches… this article contains work done from two short outings – one to Milsons Point and one to Cockatoo Island – and I was experimenting with different ways of combining watercolour pencils and marker.
It was School Holidays so Luna Park was packed and it was very noisy and busy while doing this sketch! This was the second sketch done in this square sketchbook so I was getting used to not having the height of the A4 and didn’t reach the ground in my sketch which I had hoped to do. Note: one of my tricks for urban sketching, if you have trouble fitting everything on your page, is to start at the top and work down. This is an example of that technique!)
Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden (a favourite location with local sketchers) and I certainly enjoyed doing this sketch. This was the moment when I realized how nice it is to sketch right to the edge of the page!
I’m really enjoying using a smaller book and the square format is great!