Posts tagged ‘sketch’

March 18, 2012

Sketch journal day two… woohoo

Real life this time. ¬†A little pot plant on my window sill. ¬†It looks something, vaguely, a little bit like this…

 The blue dotted lines are because it was raining.

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March 17, 2012

Sketch Therapy

I had an annoying morning this morning. ¬†Nothing major happened, just a couple of things that didn’t go my way and rather than dealing with them and moving on, I let them annoy me and then I was annoyed with myself for being annoyed and everything was just annoying and frustrating!

Do you know what I mean?…

Everything seemed to be against me the traffic, two cash points that weren’t working, the weather etc. ¬†In reality it was probably very similar to many other days, it was just my attitude that wasn’t right.

At lunch time I was at the shops round the corner, not finding what I was looking for, when I came across this book…

Normally I probably would have thought its over-priced and frivolous (which it probably is) but today I thought why not? ¬†So I got it for myself. ¬†I would like to improve my drawing skills but it hasn’t really been high on my ‘to do/to make list’ …but why not start now?

After doing a few other bits and pieces I got home, made a cup of coffee, got my pens out and, with Dermot O’Leary on the radio (I love that show) and the rugby on mute (well done Wales) in the background I drew.

My Doodles

The book starts with tips for drawing which are probably really helpful but I skipped that and went straight in to drawing. ¬†Also you are meant to draw real plants and flowers, I cheated and pretty much copied the image of a greetings card, I wasn’t really bothered, it’s better than nothing right?!

It was actually very therapeutic; just getting absorbed into doodling, picking colours, colouring in, looking up at the rugby when I could near my next door neighbours shouting at their TV!

The book advocates drawing everyday and provides a tip every other day. ¬†To be honest I can’t see me doing it every day but I will try and do bits and pieces here and there and try not to be too perfectionist about it.

October 16, 2011

A sketchy weekend

Each year with work we go away somewhere for the weekend to do some sketching along with a bit of team bonding. ¬†As urban designers/planners, thinking and being creative is part of what we do, but sketching in the field isn’t and, therefore, its is not something the we (I) necessarily¬†excel¬†at. ¬†But it is a good skill to have and it helps you to really look at a place and I have found that I have improved at it over the years (although I don’t tend to do any from one year to the next).

This year we went to the Cotswolds. ¬†Despite it being less than 2 hours from Cardiff, it’s a part of the world that I have never been to before and it is beautiful! ¬†We had amazing weather to explore Winchcombe (where we stayed), Bourton-on-the-water (a lovely little town with a river running through the centre) and Broardway (another gorgeous small town).

The sketching quality was mixed. ¬†Sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind and I know they’re going to turn out rubbish. ¬†I had a couple that ended up ok with a little finishing off still to do. ¬†Here they (the better ones) are…

A view down the river in Bourton-on-the-water

A house in Broadway (a bit of finishing off still to be done)

A couple of views in Winchcombe (a bit quicker and slightly less focused this morning. And I can't draw cars to save my life!)

Also had to take a photo of this…

A shop in Winchcombe that sold shoes and pet things. An odd combination!

And a couple other pics…

Sudeley Castle

Cute row of houses

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