For this exercise I went a bit outside of town to find a good view in all directions with fields, roads, canals, trees, houses, and a lot of clouds – as we are living in flat land at ±0m. On the dyke of a canal I’ve found a nice position. I put my stool there and started with pencil (B and 6B) in my A4 sketchbook with the drawing. As I get easily absorbed with drawing and forgetting time I’ve set the timer of my mobile phone to 15min.
I choose pencil, although I considered ink pen as well. I find pencil a good medium for quick note taking sketches. To work on A4 gave me a bit more space than on A5 as in previous exercise.
Before finishing my fourth drawing I had some little guests biking along the road. The three kids couldn’t wait to see what I was doing and taking the pencils to started drawing on a blank page of my sketchbook. This was quite a nice break – experience en plein air 😉 Their mother had just to wait…
- To keep a position and shift around give a wonderful way to discover better the environment. At the end I felt I could easily continue with more drawings.
- I feel that with more focus on contrast the sketch turns out to be more interesting.
- The background close to the horizon is quite thin (visually) so that I need to be quite selective which patterns to draw (e.g. field, roads, grass) and considering visual depth as well.
- To use a viewfinder, considering foreground, middle ground and background as well as overall compositiong helps to get a more interesting sketch.
- Time restrictions can be helpful to stay focused. 15 min feels quite adequate for getting the key items on paper.
– I think the four drawings are quite different in view. I feel that slighter moves (less than 90°) would give me perhaps a better understanding of how shapes and focus points shift.
– I will continue to work in my sketchbooks with other media (ink pen with some washes for tonal gradation, felt tip pen, watercolour).