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Quick sketches. Why?

Hello again;


Some days I sketch quickly. Maybe because I don’t have much time, or because I haven’t drawn for a couple of days and I want to warm up before spending time on a drawing.

I consider those rushed sketches valuable because they train me to notice subjects I may revisit in future.

Such as in the sketches below: The first three ones were done quickly; the lines are rushed, the corrections evident, and the results look ‘rough’ .

However, when I revisit similar subjects with more time I find it easier to notice the proportions, colours and details. For those longer drawings it helps if I’m able to lean on a pillar (at the station) or sit on a wall (opposite the bridge).

In the case of Wesley Hall I was eventually successful: I decided to chance a sketch on a day of many weathers. I planned to stand close to the building because the traffic blocked my view in earlier drawings. Unfortunately the weather was nippier than I had anticipated. After 30 minutes sketching in the wind I decided to leave, with a sketch in pencil and pen, unfinished.





I returned to Wesley Hall to add the colour details yesterday. After I did I carried on my walk and reached Sydenham library, which I had sketched a few times already. I almost walked on, but I liked the light and I liked the perspective with the trees as backdrop, so I decided to at least do a quick sketch.

I stood in front of a lamp-post so people wouldn’t bump into me accidentally. Half through my drawing it started raining, so I stopped and went in the library to have a coffee. I noticed the architectural details inside and decided to draw them too.

When I had finished the rain was over and I was able to add colour to my interrupted library sketch.

As I said, quick sketches help me notice things I may revisit in future.

They also help build a habit of drawing -which can only get better with practice- and they help capture life around you: buildings, seasons, domestic objects. Those will eventually change, and your drawings will help preserve their memory.


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Framed sketches


When I was doing an art course I showed my sketchbooks to a teacher. He commented on my drawings and asked if I would be able to display them. I said no: I used both sides of the paper. If I detached any page I’d take part of the drawing on the other side.

He seemed sceptical.

But I kept drawing on both sides of the paper. Why? Because my sketchbooks weren’t made to last: I made them for fun, to use them without a care about quality, durability or saleability.

They are convenient and cheap and only for personal use.

However, that conversation left me thinking: What if one day I wanted to display my sketches? Would I have to ruin some other drawings in the process? How long would they last before fading?

I left the question on the back of my mind and kept filling my sketchbooks.

Until I thought I could simply  order prints from my scanned sketches (those I show on my website, here):  I ordered just the right size to fit in the frames I used for my course exhibition.

I chose a few sketches that I like, these ones:

This is the result.

I am chuffed that I’ve found a way to display (some) of my framed sketches on my walls.

I have no idea if I will display them somewhere else one day, but it feels good to know I could if I wanted to.

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On sharing

Hello again;

I heard David Shrigley on one of his videos offer advice on how to select works for an exhibition: “show work that you like, so at least one person likes it

Wise words.

These are some sketches (old and new) I did in my bedroom. Continue reading »