This has never been a problem for me. Although I feel I have lost some of the wonder and excitement of drawing what is around me. Sometimes I need to be reminded. There are times that I feel lost after completing three semesters of Sketchbook Skool. Yes, I have picked up lots of new ideas and techniques. But where am I? I enjoy the style of Tommy Kane. Very detailed work in pen with lots of crosshatching. I also enjoy the looser style of Danny Gregory, Liz Steel and Melanie Reim. I enjoy sketching people, faces, buildings and objects – still life. I am not a landscape artist. I really do tend to stay away from nature. I enjoy being in and looking at all forms of nature. I just don’t feel I can do justice to it’s natural beauty.
So where am I? I like to keep myself balanced by jumping between the detailed style of Tommy Kane and a loose style of sketching.
Here is today’s sketch of my Dansko shoes. Carbon pen and ink, Uniball gel pen and ink wash. I will probably spend the rest of the day with my pens….. and I did…I read in Yahoo that you should check your spices. Smell them to see if they are alive. So I did that and sketched it. I had the urge to draw after dinner and looked at my mailbox keys. These I can do again. I can throw them down at anytime for a new layout. Both sketches are in pen and ink with a light watercolor wash.
Lastly I had the urge to draw my car again. It is a Honda Fit. At 11 p.m. at night the garage is cold. We are at the start of winter in the Pacific Northwest. Being somewhat frustrated I found a photo of the new 2015 Honda Fit and tried sketching from a photo. I had spent some of the day looking at the penmanship of France Belleville-Van Stone, author of the new book Sketch. She has a very similar style to Tommy Kane. Tommy Kane was one of the instructors in “Beginning”, the first session of Sketchbook Skool. I hear him in my head when I sketch. Tommy loves it when a sketch goes skew he includes it as a part of the sketch. Does not get all bent out of shape and tear out the page. So I sketched the 2015 Fit and then this morning went back to a sketch of my Honda Fit that I did last month. I decided to work on the sketch a little more. So I am posting a before and after. Not sure if I should have left it in the before stage. Who knew a Honda Fit could be so interesting.