This blog was prompted by a conversation with one of my work colleagues and a sketcher about the time taken in completing a drawing.
The quickest is sketching I have ever done is as I walk behind someone – it is done real time.
Drawing is usually more studied – at home , can be in one sitting or over several evenings.
(I have my own mental distinction between sketching and drawing which is highly subjective and changeable.)
Sketching while walking to work through Fitzroy Gardens. I’ve talked about sketchwalking on my blog
Here are some of my notes at the time:
quick! quick! quick ! ” (it was a fast paced workshop)
“1 pencil , 1 sketch book – what‘s that in your hand ?–a second pencil – put it away!”
We walked along the street and told to stop, draw a Thumbnail square in sketchbook then have 30 seconds to draw the streetscene we are looking down
wow ! But after a few of these, my mind started to get into thinking and seeing in that mode. So instead of spending the first precious 15 of the 30 seconds in a “mind freeze” when we stopped, I could look up and see the street scenes as major shapes and lines and shadows. I started to learn to see what is important. We also added notes around the thumbnail sketch – street names, feelings, colours of buildings etc
We repeated this with two minute sketches
We then looked at the difference between two sketches how much difference between the 30 sec and the two minute sketch?
how much more or less was capture the second time ?
The longest drawing was done over a long time. It was actually on my table for months as a still life as I attempted to figure out how to draw light lines over dark back grounds with my watercolour pencils. It involved experimenting with masking fluids, Click on the photo to read the process’
From still life – drawing a hat with some eggs in it in watercolour pencil on an 40cm x 55cm watercolour paper.
Creation of a birds nest hat
In everyday life my sketches take from five minutes to one hour.
I do drawings at home over a few evenings. As they are in my journal, my sketches are part of my journalling process.
For example, here is this morning’s coffee drawn in about 20 minutes, with details added as I chatted to friends. I will not be going back to ‘finish’ the plate, teaspoon, background or any other details. I usually decide which part of the image is going to be the feature (in case time does become an issue).