Saturday, 7 July 2018

Rough Sketching.


Having seen some of Rachel's recent townscapes, I thought I'd re-post this page from 2011.

All trained painters treat their drawings differently; our training gives us the confidence to scribble away as we like, without paying too much attention to the final look of the work.

I love going out with just a pen, brush, and sketch pad, and recording things in my own particular (peculiar) way. I never worry about drawings being 'good', or even necessarily accurate. It's just being there, looking at something, and jotting it down, which is fun.

These three sketches of a nearby town were done over a period of several weeks, I think I drew almost every inch of the place......

..... including the little back streets. Nothing special about them, but in this one I remember that I rather liked the old 2CV van, probably more so than the buildings.


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39 comments:

  1. Lovely all three! I've enlarged them and I love the twigs of trees here and there, the chair too.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I always draw the minimum to give maximum idea.

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  2. Brilliant! Love the old van.

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    1. The first car I bought here was a blue 2CV; not a van though.

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    1. You'll start dreaming about it soon.

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    1. Between 12 and 2 pm all you can hear is the sound of knives and forks on plates. No-one in sight. It's much the same the rest of the time too.

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  5. So beautiful, looks so quiet but with many delicate details.

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    1. It's a very quiet little town, built in 1270.

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  6. I think I recognise at least a couple of those places.

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  7. Now they are my kind of drawings ...... wouldn’t they look lovely in thin black frames with really large mounts ? .... that’s your project for this afternoon ...... after the footy !!! XXXX

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    1. The tall building in the second drawing belongs a to a good friend and neighbour. I might frame it, and give it to him. Good idea!

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    2. I can't interest you in a nice flint church with roofs in black felt-tip on yellow card then Jackie?! It comes in black frame with large mount as required!

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    3. I like yours as well Rachel ..... I loved the roof one the other day but got distracted when I was going to comment. XXXX

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    4. I was getting all upset for a moment!x

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  8. Lovely sketches! The 2CV van really adds to the sense of place!!

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  9. I expect you are not the only person fond of any 2CV. Your drawing is recognisable as such a car.

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    1. One of the most recognisable cars of all time. Great fun too!

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  10. Drawing and me do not go together - i am useless at it and I so envy anyone who can produce something like this Cro.

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    1. They're pretty sloppy, but I love doing them.

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  11. I am really enjoying these drawings especially the one of your street from last week.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thank you Parsnip, you're very kind.

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  12. When my father died we found several of his pencil sketches. My sisters wanted his finished artwork which we divided up, but I wanted the sketches even more. Their rawness I believe, was his best work, that which was essentially, my dad. Love these sketches Cro. They are of great depth and I see something new each time I look.

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    1. It's the spontaneity which is essential in drawing. Sitting down, having a good look, then jotting it down. No time to be pretentious.

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    2. I am giving these words to my group to encourage them to free themselves up a bit in their approach to drawing. You summed it up here nicely,

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  13. Really nice! Both my granddaughters sketch daily. I think I will have them read this post. They would enjoy it.

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    1. I wish I could say the same, but I very rarely sketch these days. I'm just too busy.

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    2. They both read your post intently. They had a good chat about it. Both say thanks. I am useless at drawing so was not part of the conversation. Thanks.

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  14. Love these..the life in them!

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    1. Thanks gz. I really must get out and do more.

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