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Sketching a new type if scene in the Ardennen

My experience and sketches from our weekend in the Ardennen

Sketching a new type if scene isn’t something to avoid if you want to grow in your sketching abilities. If you go away on holiday you will almost certainly encounter new things. What you see will be different from what you are used to. Even something as simple as going from the city into the countryside will confront you with a new type of scenery. The vertical geometric lines of the city will have to make way for the more organic shapes of nature. In this video you can see what happened when I was confronted with a new type of scenery.

As you would have seen in the video, I just had an “off” day on the Saturday. It felt like none of my sketches worked. And you know what? That is ok! It’s normal to have days where everything you create feels horrible. But, don’t get discouraged. Don’t give up. Push through. The more you sketch the less often you will have these off days.

However, to help you through the dud days and all the new types of scenes you will encounter, I want to share two tips that have helped me in the past.

  • Simplify. Leave out the colour at first and just go back to black and white or greyscale. Once you are more comfortable with the scene you can make sketches that also has colour.

  • Play around with mark making. Ask yourself what types of marks will communicate this type of scene well and try them out in a couple of sketches.

Now go out and look for something you haven’t sketched before and stretch those sketching muscles.

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