For this exercise I walked along my regular running path through the fields and around the small towns in our neighbourhood. As this exercise asks for quick sketches as a kind of notetaking, I decided to take only my field sketchbook (A5) and two pencils (one fine B and one broad 6B) with me. At this time the weather changes rapidly within minutes: sun, rain, blue sky, fast moving clouds. All this would be quite a challenge for longer plein air studies.
I went out after lunch hoping for some good moments to capture. I did not spend more than 10-15 min on each as I really wanted just to take it as note taking and to draw the key shapes and impressions (as I do for other sketches while travelling, while enjoying my time etc.)
- At the end of town:
- Crossing the field and reaching the next town:
- The fields are getting ready:
- Along the small canal:
- Sketching is so much fun and an imtimate experience compared to taken photographs. I would never rely only on photographs for drawing a scene.
- Drawing with pencil can be tricky when it starts to rain (as it happened with sketch #2).
- Taking a smaller sketchbook helps to focus on main shapes and point of interests without getting absorbed with details.
- Using a viewfinder is so helpful to get the main shapes in the right place. Otherwise the broader view of the eye could easily make the drawing a disaster.
– Sketching with other media e.g. ink pen (keeping in mind that rain could wash away the drawing literally)
– Using a larger sketchbook for bolder shading and pattterns. Issue of scale: small sketchbook requires finer pencils. Or to use a broad pencil just for tonal thumbnail sketch..
– Thinking more about contrast and tonal gradations