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28 March 2012

A day of reminders

Isn't it funny how some days you just get "hit" with all these reminders of things you know but have forgotten to remember.

I did some quick sketches a couple of days ago from the Inspirational Pictures thread at Wetcanvas. I knew they were going to be challenges with different angles and hard perspective. But I decided to give them a go and just do my best. The first was a statue of Saint Michael killing the devil, with the view looking up.  I was sketching away, thinking I was paying attention to positioning and how the parts lined up. I get near the end and realised it was all out of whack. I had made the top half too tall and it didn't match up. I had forgotten to block in the overall shape of the whole image first and then add the detail. I was just not good enough to draw it freehand right off.

I then did a couple of buildings from Hamburg. These turned out better but I still didn't get the perspective right on the Chilehaus. And I've been spending the last week working on perspective drawings for my course!!

I nearly decided to ignore the whole experience and forget the sketches existed. But I was brave and posted them on the forum. I had learnt something from them, even if I did not feel they were successful as drawings. The comments I received reminded me of why I sketch. I sketch because it is fun and I love doing it. A sketch is a quick attempt to get the essence of the image or idea down, it is not inherently meant to be "perfect". They are practice. It is a way to experiment and try new things and see what I like and don't. I am so grateful to all the wonderful members at Wetcanvas for reminding me of these things.

I then went down to the kitchen and saw a small moth resting on the back security door. We seem to get a lot of butterflies and moths using that as a resting spot. I always stop and admire them. Then it hit me, here is a perfect sketching opportunity. I went back to my art room, collected my sketchbook and pen and did a nice quick little sketch. Last night I had prepared a couple of pages  with some watercolour backgrounds and used one of these.

I am happy with this little sketch. It is a simple outline. It works well with the background. It was fun to do. It made me feel good. I was reminded to take the time to look at the things around me and see them all as potential sketching opportunities. Who knows where this little sketch could lead to in the future. It could become part of a larger painting or illustration. I have it now for reference, it is a reminder.

There is never any reason to think that there is "nothing to draw or sketch", look around and "see" what is around you. Inspiration surrounds us all. We just need to remember to see it.

So my reminders for today... sketch because you love it, it is fun and creative, and take notice of the things around you, there is always plenty to be inspired by. Most of all, just relax and enjoy your art.


  1. This just proves that there is beauty in everything...even the tiniest things. I like this sketch on the prepainted page. I need to do that to a few pages in my sketchbook. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Joan I appreciate your kind comments. I enjoying doing some backgrounds like this. They are fun and add a whole new dimension to the sketch. You need to give it a go. I'd love to see the results.