Just over a year and 177 sketches so more like One Sketch Every Other Day but still this has been the most fun I've had in ages. I have a few simple rules;
Sketching for relaxation.
I'm always amazed how relaxing this is. I'm able to completely switch off and be immersed in the sketch. Whatever I'm doing, wherever I am, I find this a huge relief from the days activities. I find this strange but maybe I shouldn't.
None take longer than 10 minutes.
It’s just sketching for relaxation so I don’t worry about it too much. Just draw. This, of course, is always the best way to draw.
No deeper meanings.
Most of them are just what's in front of me when I remember to sketch or when I have ten spare minutes. No ironic points made. No in-jokes. No shade. Just drawing.
Looking back here are some of my favourites.
We stayed in a cabin in a forest and walking back one evening I spotted the light and stopped to draw it. I had some pens in the cabin so I went and got them. I love the black and white with one colour effect. I like how it's clearly night even though the sky is white paper.
One of the best pencil sketches I've done. There was a nice flowing nature to this. Everything just seemed to work. I'd like to do more pencil sketches but pencils are harder to carry around.
I like drawing with marker pens and no hard lines. And I'm a bit obsessed with this tree.
I sit on a lot of planes and it's the perfect place to observe people sat still for a long time. I could easily have called this project One Bad Posture A Day.
I sit in a lot of meetings, again a good place to observe people sat still for a long time. Sometimes I sketch on an iPad. It's very easy to get a good result but I miss my little notebook. Maybe I should just put one of the stickers on the iPad. That's probably what Russell would do.
Bananas. I love bananas.
Airport lounge. I should do more where there are lots of little quick sketches.
Like these ones of the great Roger Law.
This iPad sketch was very popular and was drawn from a photo I took. I'm not that fussed myself.
Incredibly satisfying this one. Incredibly quick.
Early for coffee with a friend. Stop and get out the pens. Photographed in situ which is nice.
Let's end on a nice story. I know Tara the co-author of this and was drawing this when she unexpectedly (to me) turned up at our house. This picture is now framed and hangs in her kitchen.
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