Another Sunday, another meet with Urban Sketchers. We’re on our way to become an official group, you guys.
While the rest of the group sat in the sun and sketched the cityscape from up high, I went off on my own to the shadows and a tree that had fallen down.
I was drawn to its shape, and it gave an interesting perspective exercise due to the foreshortening and twisting shapes. I tried to experiment with texture to create the impression of fallen leaves on the ground.
Rocks turned out to be my weak point, though. I had a hard time hatching the shape and it still doesn’t look quite right to me. Though better than it was before,
September 18th 2016.
As I mentioned this Tuesday, I went to this free figure drawing event at one of the local artists’ shop last Saturday. We have this day in my city called Kulturnatten (the Cultural Night), where different shops and venues participate. Lots of music, lots of art exhibitions, lots of cool happenings.
Gredelins offered an hour of free figure drawing, which was awesome. Though I realised I really suck at figure drawing. I’m simply not quick enough.
I also apologise about the horrible picture quality. It’s getting to that time of the year when my old house gets too dark to take photographs inside.
I started off really ambitious and then felt how I just got worse and worse. The final one is a disaster.
Still, I feel that I can use a couple of these sketches to do more completed drawings later on. So there’ll be some pirate-inspired art coming up!
I met up once again with the group of Urban Sketchers. This time we went to another cemetery, called Norra kyrkogården (Northern Cemetery.)
I found an interesting gravestone to draw:
I wanted to work on perspective and on drawing a scene, not a lone structure. This oddly shaped gravestone with its benches and the bushes that flanked it on either side gave me an opportunity to work with this.
Experimented a little with structure on the left bush and didn’t feel too happy with the result, but felt that I had to commit once I’d started. I felt a little happier with it the next day. The empty space behind the gravestone bothered me, but adding the trees in the bakground would make it feel cluttered. Now I’m not too bothered by it. I feel that a lot of my craft knowledge is coming back, piece by piece, and that it’s getting easier to get back into the rhythm of things.
September 11th 2016.
I turn to my living room at times for inspiration, and after my mother’s birthday this lovely composition happened to catch my eye.
I liked how the boxes where sticking out from the table, combined with the lantern and vase of roses. I wanted to practice hatching and crosshatching, so I felt that ink pens were a natural choice. And I was still really happy with my purchase and wanted to use them as much as I could. I’m really satisfied with how this turned out.
August 29th 2016.
I’ve run into trouble with my own categorisations. What do I call this drawing? It’s some sort of interior drawing, but I don’t quite know what to call the category. Suggestions?
Since I was all out of ink pens, I had to go out and buy a set. That’s one thing I feel I can’t do without when it comes to drawing. I had to test them out immediately and did a quick sketch of my living room. While I wanted to do it in black and white, I decided to add a splash of colour using ProMarkers for the potted plants. But still keeping a little messy to go with the sketch-feel of the picture.
I like the shapes and shadows in the picture.
August 20th 2016.
Joining up with Urban Sketchers got me out of my rut and now I been drawing slightly more prolifically than I have been since 2015 and before I got ill. While I was down with a cold, I decided to do a quick portrait.
I originally wanted to do it in ink pen, but as I rummaged through my art gear I realised that I had used them all up and never bothered to replace them. Hmph. So I had to make do with a black ProMarker, which made the lines so much thicker than they were in my imagination.
At the time, I wasn’t too happy with it but I rather like it today. There’s something about his expression that’s really sweet and the shadowing’s quite nice. At the time I had been reading C. S. Pacats final book in the Captive Prince-trilogy and one character that was on my mind wasn’t even in the book, but I still wanted to draw him after finishing the book. So this is kind of a sketch of Nicaise. Kind of.
I later revisited this concept and did a drawing in colour using ProMarker.
August 4th 2016.
As I mentioned earlier today, I did a second sketch at the graveyard. I called it “quick and dirty,” which is kind of what it is:
I kept it really, really simplistic. Basically I just wanted to capture the graves, the hedges and the wall farther behind them. Even while it’s so basic, I still like it. I like the lines, the shadowing, the feeling in the picture. Sometimes even a really simple sketch like this will turn out rather well.
July 24th 2016.
For my second meet up with the sketchers from the local Urban Sketchers took place at a graveyard. Spooky. There’s a lot of interesting geometrical shapes in a graveyard, so there’s a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it also happened to be one of the hottest days of summer which didn’t make one inclined to work very hard.
I had scouted out this well beforehand that I wanted to draw:
I started off with a whole lot of enthusiasm, which quickly died down as the heat beat down on me. Sometimes I’m not very patient when I draw and I ended up feeling rather frustrated working on this sketch, so I abandoned it before I probably should have. I do have a reference pic snapped, so I will probably revisit the well in the future and do another picture of it.
One of the probable reasons why I ended up frustrated is because from the position I was sitting, the perspective was really weird. I don’t feel I quite got it. But I like my use of hatching and crosshatching, and the shadowing.
I did another quick and dirty sketch from this meet up, which will be up later today.
July 24th 2016.
For my first meet-up with the urban sketchers gang, I also started on another drawing, which I didn’t have time to finish that day. Using a reference picture I finished it the next day at home:
I saw another interesting tree next to a street lamp and thought it’d make a nice composition. For some reason the street lamp makes me think of Narnia, one of my childhood favourites.
This picture turned out a bit better, I think. Probably because I was a little more warmed up, but mostly because there’s a bit more background. I’m really happy with the shadowing and textures, particularly with the street lamp.
July 18th 2016.
Before leaving for Scania, I had found my local chapter (or what should I call it? Group?) of Urban Sketchers but hadn’t had quite the courage to meet up with them. After I got back I decided to join.
We met at one of the parks in my city, called Folkparken (the people’s park, roughly.) I still felt really rusty, so I decided to do a simple sketch of a couple of trees:
I liked the shape of the tree in the front and the way that the shadows played over it. But as I worked, the sun changed position so that the shadows kept moving and made my life a bit difficult.
It’s still noticeable how out of practice I was, but I’m happy with the shadow and light and the textures. In hindsight, I should have expanded the background more so that the trees wouldn’t seem to float around in a big empty space.
July 17th 2016.