This week, the participants of my online drawing course "Just Draw It", are learning about drawing hands and faces. It's the fifth week already, of the six week course, and time is flying like never before.
The current group of participants is a curious bunch, and a few of them told me that they would love to get out to sketch and do a little bit of urban sketching, even though it might be a bit scary and intimidating to draw in public. I love to head out and sketch whatever comes my way, so I decided to organize a mini-sketchcrawl for my class. We are all in different parts of the world, so we couldn't gather physically to draw together. But we sort of did do this together. We all took our sketchbooks outside on the same day to draw. Knowing that fellow participants are doing the same thing that same day, is very motivating. Afterwards, we shared our work, and it was lovely to see how some people drew their coffee and cupcake (too cold to sketch outside) in the coffee place they visited, others drew a favorite spot in their neighbourhood, and even vieuws from moving cars!
I took out my brown paper sketchbook, a black felt pen, a white gelpen, and a red marker. Started with lunch at my local restaurant:
I sketched the condiments on the table to 'warm up', and then the interior of the restaurant. When I got
to the counter to pay my bill, the waitress gave me a compliment about
my drawings. I hadn't even realized she peeked over my shoulder! Of
course I proudly and thankfully took the compliment and went outside
with a big smile on my face.
took my bycicle to find a nice place to draw somewhere in my
neighbourhood and saw an old couple sitting on a bench. I thought t
would be nice to draw them from the other side of the street, but once I
had parked my bike and got my sketchbook out, they were leaving. So I
sat on the bench myself and drew what they had been seeing from that
same seat. When I was almost finished, a guy was standing behind me, eyeing my drawing. he apologised for peering over my shoulder and said he couldn't help it, because he was 'amazed how you do that!'
in public scares the heck out of many people. Part of the fear is what
others might think about it. Well, most of the time, people won't even notice you, because they are busy doing other things.
If it does happen, I always get such positive and
encouraging comments whenever people notice me and stop to actually say
something about it.
So here's a tip for you:
doesn't matter what your drawing looks like, it's better than the
drawing the other person didn't make, right? Keep that in mind when you think
it's scary to draw in public. You will see each time you go out to sketch, it will be less
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