I’ve reached the last page on a sketchbook that I’ve been using on and off since 2015!!
That may seem like I don’t do much sketching but actually what I do is have three or four ‘on the go’ at any one time. Not particularly intentional but that’s just how it works out.
As with the last two sketchbooks I finished I wanted to do a “flick-through” video when it’s full up before I file it away. However I realised that back when I started this book it was before I’d started painting so I decided to add some colour just to see how it turned out.
I remember doing this pencil drawing as if it were last week, I was unemployed and doing the rounds of interviews and had a few hours to kill. I should probably have been swotting up on work-related stuff but instead I headed for the grounds outside St Paul’s cathedral with my sketchbook. Giving my brain a rest from the interviewing was well worthwhile.
Something worth mentioning is that this isn’t watercolour paper. Whilst it’s fairly resilient and I have done paintings in it later in the book it’s less than ideal. The colour getting sucked straight into the first point you touch leaving you dragging an empty brush. I countered for that by wetting an area and instantly dipping in the colour and back to the paper.
I didn’t head back to the cathedral and I didn’t have a reference photo so the colours and additional parts are from imagination and memory.
It’s added a bit of depth and interest I feel, what do you think? It’s only a small sketch rather than finished picture.
This next sketch was from a reference, I can’t remember exactly* but I think it might been similar to an advert for Amazon Kindle. Most of it was made up, I think I copied the pose and that’s about it.
* on that memory thing, I wonder if I don’t remember as much about this one as I was copying an image. I find that generally any sketch I’ve done whilst sat in front of a subject I have great recall of the situation. The weather, my mood, exactly where I was, sometimes even the smells, the passers by, etc. Perhaps there’s a lot more invested in the experience that gets glued to those neurons as compared to when copying from an image even if it involves greater imagination or concentration.
I think the colour here really has added even more than with the St Paul’s cathedral gate, a lot more life than the original.
Glad that I used a waterproof fineliner, I’ll have a scoot through the book to see if there’s anything else I can find that deserves a dash of colour.