After the trip to the graveyard, it took me a while to get together with the Urban Sketchers group again. Life got in between: I had to dog sit, was ill, got tied up in other activities. But I really enjoy these get togethers so I decided to go.
We were supposed to sketch at another park called Kärleksparken (the love park), but the weather wasn’t with us so we had to seek refuge in a café instead.
I decided to draw the bar from where I was sitting, using ink pens. I felt that the drawing ended up being a little too detailed. I feel that the best part of the picture are the lamps, because I like the way the shadows show the shape and light.
August 28th 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.