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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