Wide views are fun to paint. I like painting them across my sketchbook spread so I don’t have to make everything in the picture super-tiny.
Here’s a recent piece, a view of Big Sur from window-swap. The closeup at the bottom is so you can see how much I am enjoying all the mark-making in this piece.
When I have a really wide view, though, like this 360 degree view, then I switch to an accordion-fold book.
I like working in accordion folds because I think and design my sketch differently. Sure, you can look at the whole piece together by stepping back. But more commonly, you’re panning across it, with a new bit coming into focus as you scan it. Which gives me the opportunity to walk you across the piece with little bits to catch your attention sprinkled throughout it, not worrying so much about them competing with each other.
This is sketched from Google Earth, but I’ve sat at this same spot and sketched, years ago. So when I drew this, I remembered how hot it was that day and how red the earth is everywhere in Goa, and how , as I sat in the sweltering sun, I wondered when the monsoons would come…
My focus today? The gorgeously colored houses of Fontainhas in Panjim, Goa.
I’m drawing from home, but drawing wide open views. I think there’s a connection there.