The above is a quick sketch of a dog inside a bag at a tea shop. I did not include the man who owns both because he is soon to leave. Since I have done it on a normal paper I cannot color it with watercolor so I photographed it instead and rendered the colors digitally. Then I added some snowflakes because that idea has been in my head for a while. I love how the dog fits inside the bag but I hope he is comfortable.
I have been bringing a typical pad paper (without lines) wherever I go since it’s light. While I am waiting for someone, eating with a friend I would pull out my pad and start to sketch what I see using a typical pen.
The experience is rewarding because sketching on-location trains my eye to observe the things that people take for granted like how the shadow and light falls into places, how there is a rusty color on one side of the tissue holder or how the creases on the waiter’s uniform makes a unique design and the list goes on. Moreover, I feel a certain kind of solitude while sketching. It’s like the world has stopped while I am trying to capture a portion of it with my hand. I will have to continue to squeeze in some drawings wherever I go and whenever possible to further improve myself.
In my previous post I have written about living life and my struggle to make time for some drawings. I have been “listening” to your suggestions on how to make time for creative pursuit. I really appreciate what this community has done providing me with your wonderful experiences and being determined to make time for art. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I am sharing this with Paint Party Friday.
Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is,
it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good.~Cennino Cennini
PS* I got the above quote from a newsletter called ArtFull (a dose of art and inspiration) by Dana Barbieri. Seriously you guys should go and subscribe to her beautiful newsletter. It is a wonderful inspiration that can keep us going in our art endeavors! Go click her name above. Thanks much Dana!