This was a week for sketch dates! Earlier in the week, you saw the sketch date with my sons. Today you can see the virtual sketch date I had in Newfoundland - or actually, I had in Texas with my Newfoundland guest (as it was my photo :-).
A couple of weeks ago Jeanette Jobson and I decided to both draw from the same image, as a sort of fun exercise. Please go check out Jeanette's drawing.
The advantages of this exercise, as I see them, are this:
- it's a bit of a mark-making exercise. As we are working from the same image, the focus is more on what we put down on the paper.
- it's a bit of a style exercise. We both tend towards realism, but hopefully each of our sketches says a bit about us. (One of the reasons I asked Jeanette if she wanted to do this was because she has such a lovely delicate touch - one I wish I had, I tend to go heavy-handed with everything.)
- it's all just good fun! I immediately started getting dissatisfied with my sketch, but just tried to enjoy the process and not depend on the outcome. This is also where it really helped to have a partner, I wouldn't have finished without my commitment to Jeanette.
- I don't like the paper (Canson heavyweight/medium texture drawing paper) that I did this on, too textured.
- I struggled at first handling the graphite, I've done so much CP work recently. I suppose there is a cost with switching around in mediums.
- For this exercise, it was fun to do something simple, that required a bit of imagination. (The values in the photo were all midrange, so I had to be creative - which meant, of course, that I "jumped the light", but it is fun to see how much you can get away with.)
- I'm very tempted to try and draw from "bad" photos, just to work in the creative angle. I think it would be good practice.