I thought I'd do two quick posts together as I wanted to share with you a process that I went through recently that was enlightening for me.
I initially started to group topics of the things I thought I sketched in my head. But I ended up physically going through my old sketchbooks and it was quite enlightening. I found that I had a preference for some topics (buildings and construction sites) over others (people). It was a good process to put a list together of the things I thought I wanted to sketch and compared that to my output. This process opened up other topics, my stretch topics, which I want to experiment more with in the future.
The general things the I thought I gravitated towards are:
- things that are different
- things that are the same but with a different context
- things that are so normal that it captures that place
- the light - reflected shadow, the patterns of the shadow, cast light from stainless windows, night light
- things that are curious to me and I sketch it to figure out how it works
- things that I want to practice sketching
- gut feel i.e. I have no idea why!
In general, my output of the things that I gravitated towards are:
BuildingsThese could be archways or doors or the whole building; construction sites; unique building for that town or country. I especially like the sketch of the Sevilla's Giralda as it's a sketch looking up. I want to do more sketches with different perspectives such as looking up or down from high places. I also want to do more wrap around Panoramas.
People doing unique activities such as hand gliding, playing speed chess, or they may just be sitting still long enough for me to sketch them.
History and Culture
I am attracted to historical and contemporary sculptures and the skill and time it takes to carve it.
Route of journey ie. map
I am glad I captured the map below in my sketchbook as I had already forgotten a lot of the details.
The wild card is the "what the hey, I am passing time" sketch. I like these sketches as it forces me to sketch perspectives and topics that I wouldn't pick and make it a little bit interesting.
The packing and art tools list, I find, is a good way to fill a sketchbook at the end of a journey to fill up the pages.
Insight for me
The things I want to incorporate and experiment with after going through this process are:
- to incorporate more maps and routes of my journey;
- to focus on the people and their activities and sketch the buildings to provide context if required; and,
- to experiment with different perspectives - especially looking up and down and panorama!
I hope by sharing this process, it might prompt others to see their stretch topics to sketch as it did for me!