30 Days of Sketches—Day 6

Portrait Sketch

Laney & Barb

A couple of things I’ve noticed while doing these sketches (aside from the anxiety):

I only spend a couple of minutes on them, working quickly and leaving lots of the image undrawn.  This is a completely new way to work for me.  In the distant past when I drew, I spent hours filling in every detail and reworking an image until I ripped holes in the paper.  I like this breezy approach.  It makes me focus on just a few details to “make” the image and keeps me from obsessing.

I can’t erase.  The type of pencil I’m using and the way I’ve treated the pages of my sketchbook won’t allow it.  This was not intentional.  I meant to use the sketchbook as an art journal for collage work.  Not being able to erase means I end up with lots of stray lines and can also see where I’m missing perspective.  I see how I misjudge shapes and dimension.  This is really helping me hone my “eye.”  It’s also creating a completely different look to my drawings.

It will be interesting to see what will happen if I spend a little more time with a piece, use a different pencil or pull out a different sketchbook.  I still have 24 days to play with, so playing around with the tools could be part of the process.  As I get more comfortable with a pencil in my hand again, I hope to do just that.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kitty
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 08:58:13

    This is my favorite one so far.

    I so admire your courage!

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  2. carlarenee45
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 13:56:30

    great job once again!

    Reply

  3. Kathryn McCullough
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 18:21:32

    Interesting to read how you’ve changed your technique–or are, at least, experimenting. Love this one, as well.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  4. Penny
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 09:30:20

    “Not being able to erase means I end up with lots of stray lines and can also see where I’m missing perspective. I see how I misjudge shapes and dimension. This is really helping me hone my “eye.” It’s also creating a completely different look to my drawings.”

    This refers to more than just sketching… When I read it, I applied it to life. When we go astray, we sometimes gain perspective. We all need to “hone our eyes” so that we don’t misjudge others based on just what we see. When we hone our eyes, we can see life (and others) in different ways. It’s all good. *Ü*

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  5. littlesundog
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 21:33:44

    I am really enjoying these sketches!! Beautiful work!

    Reply

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