Travel sketching is always exciting. But most of my sketching (and learning) happens in little windows of time in my everyday schedule: snatched moments really, often time between things. It’s in these sketches that I’m most likely to experiment and improvise, take notes and think about stuff…
This quick sketch was done on the first day back to school. A school evening without homework? Yay!
An early sketch, done one day as I thought “I really should study hands more”. That led to the Hands Project.
A few moments in downtown Willow Glen, waiting to pick up my niece. Playing with brushpens filled with grey ink and my rainbow pencil, drawing the couple on the bench in the distance.
Getting a haircut. Yes, a stroke of serendipity that this guy was sharpening scissors right by where I sat. But it did help that I always have my sketchbook with me.
And every once in a while, I build in a break at my local coffee shop into my day just so I can catch a sketch. This is Blvd. Coffee in San Jose. Cafe sketching is about as easy as people sketching gets: it’s amazing how long someone will hold a pose while they look at a cellphone. Also, sitting in the back of the cafe makes for a wonderful opportunity for silhouette-sketching (see bottom left of the spread below).
There’s really something to be learnt from artists with a regular drawing and painting practice. Like Shari Blaukopf, who even manages a blogpost almost everyday! Or Nina Khashchina who squeezes in a zillion projects into tiny windows of time in her day.
I’ve toyed with a more structured plan of adding a sketch everyday to a book that sits at my work desk. But that hasn’t happened yet.
Do you have a daily (or close to daily) sketching practice? Is it structured and planned into your day or a more as-I-find-time kinda thing? What works for you and what doesn’t? I’d love to know.