Some people I met while sketching usually says “I wish I could sketch like that” . Well, you can. Really ! Once, a little child , maybe 5 or 6 years hold, asked me how I did that sketch, she was looking to the sketch and the real view at a time, she was really admired. I answer,saying that I just look for what’s in front of very, very carefully. And that made sense to her, I could see that on her eyes.
This is what I was sketching
A5hand made sketchbook, Namiki Falcon fountainpen, Sennellier watercolors
All you need is paper , a pen or pencil and the will to put on the paper what’s in front of you or those things who made you stop and look more carefully. Looking carefully mean, if that horizontal line of that wall seems to you as an oblique, draw it oblique, sketch what you see , not what you think it should be, if that tree has that strange branch or if you see the tail of that slipping dog right on top of his head, draw like it is and not your idea of a tree or of a dog. Sketch with your eyes not with your mind. That’s called perspective.
In this sketch there’s only one horizontal line ☝️
A sketch doesn’t have to be a work of art, it’s even not meant to be seen if you don’t want it. Sketching is a form of meditation. It’s having fun. I start sketching at school, very young, then at art school my teachers wanted every student had a sketchbook where you draw everything, without to much details, just fast and easy drafts . It could be a flower, a group of trees, a sitting person on the subway or a building. Doesn’t matter what.
A5 hand made sketchbook, Namiki Falcon fountainpen, fabercastel pit pen.
A5 Hand made sketchbook, Namiki Falcon fountainpen, Daniel Smith watercolors
At first my sketches didn’t reached the quality I wanted, I still struggle to make a decent vertical, but I insisted over and over until I said to myself It’s okay, this drawing It’s good enough to give me an idea of what was catching my attention on this day, I can improve on the next one.
A5 Hannemuhle sketchbook, Hero fude fountainpen
It’s important never give up on drawing or on a drawing, we must always go until the end even you don’t know where it leads you. Even I know the foundations of perspective and colors , I had and still have difficulty on representing the reality of my surroundings, but I’m learning and remembering what already know. I search on internet for other sketchers sketches and I try to understand how they solved on paper that perspective, that volume or that sky, I browse on YouTube how to paint with watercolors, because there are some tricks on the technique . Just tricks. Sketching or drawing accurately something it’s the sum of some little drawing tricks and looking with attention to the subject. To learn the tricks it’s easy, you just have to search on internet how to do it, there lots of art tutorials and artists work to study and learn, paying attention it’s more difficult in my opinion .
A5 stillman &birn alpha series sketchbook, 0,3 micron pen
At first can be a bit disappointing all the struggle to put in two dimensions what it’s in three dimensions on reality , but after a while things tends to came together and then it’s a joy when you say to yourself, I did it! I like it! It’s done. And most of all, I had fun.
Please go outside, or if you are to shy yet to do that, seat at home and draw whatever it’s in front of you. Try. Don’t be to hard on you, allow yourself to make mistakes, but never , never give up, and learn. Me, I’ll keep improving my vertical lines 😉
A5 Square sketchbook, Namiki Falcon fountainpen, white nights watercolors
A5 Hannemuhle sketchbook, Namiki Falcon fountainpen with Atramentis documents ink, faber castel colorpencil.
A5 hahnemuhle sketchbook, faber castel fineliner, Namiki Falcon fountainpen with Atramentis document ink