Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sketching for an exhibition

In November the Melbourne Urban Sketchers are having an exhibition. We are doing lots of sketches in the City of Boroondara in preparation for the show.

Between Us Cafe, Maling Road, Canterbury

It's fun, but also changes the nature of the drawing experience. I'm doing rough composition sketches before I start 'the real thing', which is something I would never have done in the past. My pen hesitates before I mark the page, whereas previously I'd just dive in. I'm thinking about subject and line and colour in new ways. I'm thinking about audience. And also, it's just plain weird drawing on fancy watercolour paper instead of in my sketchbook. But I'm getting used to it.

Classic Fruits, Maling Road, Canterbury

It has changed the way I think about urban sketching. In a good way. I feel more intentional about my scene selection, more thoughtful about my composition. I'm learning more because I'm pushing myself. Not all the sketches are working out, of course, but the strike rate is better when I actually think about what I'm going to do before I do it!

Mailbox, Maling Road, Canterbury

There's still more work to do but I'm starting to get really excited about seeing all of our collected work together in a show.