Sigh! it was a big day yesterday (launching my Foundations Self Directed Course) – in fact it has been a big week – a huge week working non stop and not getting as much sleep as I should be. So last night at 10pm when everything seemed calm-ish, I switched off my computer and tried to wind down. Over the years, particularly when I was working in a full time architectural job, I would un-wind for a big week by doing a crazy Friday night baroque sketch. Last night is was ‘Thursday night English Baroque’ and rather than an elaborate ink and wash, it was a very quick sketch using the Winsor and Newton watercolour marker (I recently picked p another colour- sepia), De Atramentis Document Brown ink in a Sailor pen with 55degree fude nib and a waterbrush. I am really enjoying this way of working for a super quick loose sketch. The scan has overplayed the hue difference between the marker and the ink. I have been thinking about mixing a sepia ink (rather than the standard brown) and this is a good reason to try that!
And, yes this sketch was from a photo but I have sketched the building in real life before https://lizsteel.com/2009/11/day-08-wales-to-newcastle-big-day.html
Speaking of architectural jobs, I am constantly thinking about the similarities in what I do these days with my old job. Some many of my skills as a project architect help me daily! Putting an online class together is very much like going out to tender or submitting a Development Application – the sheer amount of documentation, complexity of coordination throughout and attention to details. It is just that my consultant list and the team in the office is a LOT smaller.
Thanks so much to everyone that signed up to my Foundations course while I was sleeping…it is very exciting!
I woke up to a list of ‘help me’ emails this morning which I have been sorting. Ah! part of the joys of doing things yourself… but at least I don’t have the pressure of preparing Week 2’s lesson like I did when I ran the first Foundations Course (sigh! I do some crazy things at times!).