Sketchbooks II: Drawing Things

Drawing Things …

10 minute timed drawing with inks and pencil

Something that’s really helped my creative process recently is doing quick timed drawings of everyday objects.

5 minute drawing putting colour down first, then drawing on top with pencil.

I started doing these at Art Club with The Good Ship Illustration, which is live on Instagram at 8 pm GMT (and it’s free!)

I find that knowing I don’t have long to draw means I can make looser marks, and not worry too much about being accurate.

In my haste to draw quickly, I knocked over some ink – so when it was dry I drew on top of it.

3 minutes negative space drawing

When we started looking at the negative space – the space surrounding the objects – I couldn’t quite see how I could do anything other than follow the outline of the things…

5 minutes, gouache and pencil.

…then I realised that I could add just enough detail to make them things rather than shapes.

There’s something about drawing the same things over again, but differently each time, that’s exciting and relaxing at the same time.

I like working so quickly that I really don’t know how each drawing will turn out!

10 minutes, pastel and pencil.

Girls Who Draw Grasses

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Today I found 7 different grasses just walking through the garden to my studio (we don’t mow the grass very often).

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I used them to experiment with making very quick drawings, looking closely at the grasses but trying not to look at the page. I didn’t worry about accuracy or detail.

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Then I tried drawing in the same way with colours I wouldn’t normally combine…

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…and ended up with green paint and a pencil/pastel line.

I really enjoyed focusing on the process instead of the end result, and just seeing what happened. I think I could have repeated this experiment with different subject matter all day…