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Creative Challenge| Sketching the Built Environment


The last 15 minute sketching challenge for 2019. Find your  concertina book (or your sketchbook or visual journal) and a pen or pencil and prepare to draw. You don’t even need to leave the house for this one if you don’t want to.

poles carrying high voltage wires


To spend 15 minutes sketching the built environment

(Buildings and the space between them, roads and railways, bridges and tunnels, pylons and phone masts …) Open out your concertina book and use it to full advantage for this challenge.

Try to stay still for fifteen minutes and look properly at what’s around you rather than flitting about from place to place giving it all a cursory glance. Even if you think you can’t draw! You’re just trying to capture an impression. The act of putting something onto paper helps you look closely and memorise it and perhaps notice the unexpected.

Relax and look at colours and textures, light and shade, shapes and angles, size and surroundings. Think about silhouettes and both negative and positive spaces. Look beyond the obvious.

Make notes about details and your thoughts. Take a few photographs at the end so you can add to your sketches later. Make rubbings of interesting textures.


If you have more time

Add colour and detail to your sketches.

Use your sketches to produce a piece of work.

Have fun!

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.

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