A sketch of the neighbour's house. Chinese stick ink, pencil and 0.2 marker on khadi paper (c) Ayesha Gamiet 2011.

A few weeks ago I was feeling a little worn out and tired. Do you ever get that feeling when you’re just too sluggish to focus on your work? Perhaps the cold and lack of sunlight was taking it’s toll. Whatever the reason, I could feel that I needed a break that afternoon, so I dug out my Chinese stick ink and a new pad of khadi paper in order to do some sketching.

I haven’t sketched on location in a long while, so eased myself into the process by simply sketching the neighbour’s house. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, or how the sketch might turn out, but now that it’s finished I’m actually quite pleased with the result. I’m making an effort to use less colour, so that I can focus on line and tone… it’s amazing the amount of variation you can achieve with just one colour, and how it forces you to find new ways of describing a surface or texture.

The idea of sketching on location was inspired by this fantastic blog called Urban Sketchers. Members, including artists, illustrators and many other creative people share their sketches of everyday life from around the globe. It is a great website to look at for some daily inspiration… I especially love the ability to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and picking up new techniques!

I think that leaves me with a good New Year’s resolution for 2012 – do more Urban Sketching!

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