Creative Challenge| Sketching Nature
DAY FOUR of 2019 SLAMSEYS CREATIVE SUMMER CHALLENGE
Slip your concertina book (or your sketchbook or visual journal) into your pocket, grab a pen or pencil and step outside. On a practical note, take a clipboard (or similar) to lean on if you have a soft backed sketchbook and something to sit on if you prefer not to stand.
THE CHALLENGE IS:
To spend 15 minutes sketching from nature
Go outside into the garden, a park or a field. Visit a forest or moorland, the seaside or a river. If you can’t get outside, use houseplants, fruit or vegetables.
Stay still for fifteen minutes and sketch what’s around you. Even if you think you can’t draw! You’re just trying to capture an impression. The act of putting something onto paper makes you look properly, helps you memorise it and perhaps notice the unexpected.
Relax and look at colours and textures, light and shade, shapes and angles, size and surroundings. Use all your senses and immerse yourself in the place. Lie on your back and watch the clouds. Pick a leaf and trace around the outline or make rubbings of textures. Take a flower home to press. Make notes about details and your thoughts. Take a few photographs at the end so you can add to your sketches later.
If you have more time
Add colour to your sketches with coloured pencils (I like using water soluble ones), paint or ink.
Add more detail to your sketches, perhaps using your photos or other reference material.
Make a collage in your sketchbook or stick in pressed flowers for future reference.
Use your sketches to produce a piece of work.
Read this post about going out to sketch and finding a creative buzz.
Do let us know what you’re creating in this year’s Challenge. Leave a comment below (with a link if you’re sharing online) or tag @Slamseys in Instagram.