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.
I battled a serious illness last fall, which put me into a serious artistic slump. The last dated drawing in my sketchpad was from October before July this year when I went to Scania with my family and I produced a quick and dirty sketch:
We went to Torup’s Castle, where I caught sight of a little girl in front of the fountain. I didn’t dare to snap a picture, but quickly threw down a rough sketch of the scene as remembered it. The little blonde girl in her blue dress in front of the water, surrounded by blue and red flowers, made a nice composition. I just jotted down the basic details quickly, not caring much about proportions, just wanting to remember the basics. You can tell I haven’t picked up a pencil in nine months, but I still thought I’d share it as it did get me back on track again.
I’ve plans to turn this into a watercolour painting later.