Nervous excitement is what I felt when I was invited to run a sketching workshop.
I’ve run plenty of workshops before but they were all work related, stress management, career redirection, rediscovering your passion and the like. This was going to be a “fun” workshop where I get to play. And lets face it we all like to play. As kids we are in a hurry to grow up and start adulting but once we’ve tried adulting for a few years we wish we could be a kid again and play more!
When my dear close friend Michelle a Community Development Officer at the Shire of Dandaragan and also a commitee member for ICAN (Inspirational Community Arts Network) in Jurien Bay, invited me to run a workshop on sketching I immediately thought “yes please!” but then as the idea settled , doubt started to seep in. Just a healthy amount of doubt, enough for me to not be complacent or cocky about my skills and abilities in facilitating a sketching workshop. The idea of being able to share my passion excited me.
Michelle had mentioned to me over the years that she’s often enjoyed and has been inspired by my sketches , in particular my sketches of daily life and everyday things.
I like to call it everyday-ness.
Sketching doesn’t have to be complicated.
Keeping Sketching Simple
I like to keeping things simple. I’m always on a quest to create the ultimate simple travel sketch kit, just ask any of my sketchy friends.
Below is a sketch of the take home travel sketch kit that all my participants got to keep. It’s a sketch anywhere, sketch anytime kit.
This kit is very compact, simple and a great beginners travel sketch kit. It can be easily kept in the car, in a hand or “man” bag or can just be carried around in your wanderings.
And because I’m all about travelling light (I only have a carry on when I travel, yes even overseas 😉 this kit is the perfect size.
You don’t need much and we’re not creating masterpieces. And our sketchbook is personal to us.
Documenting My Life in My Sketchbook
I enjoy sketching on location and sketching my life. I believe that sketching the everyday is great form of meditation and to me it’s like creating my very own colouring in book but it’s of aspects of my life.
Because no one else is going to see it (unless you choose to share) it doesn’t have to be “good” in fact it can be bad, very bad!
That’s exactly how I started drawing. I just drew BAD! ….exceptionally BAD! But I did it almost everyday for about 20 mins a day and eventually my drawings became good. Well what I consider to be good. I like to experiment and try different techniques and styles of sketching. My style changes and adapts to my circumstance. For example I might be eating with friends but I want to sketch our dinner, so I would need to keep my sketch loose and sketch fast (no one likes a cold meal), or if I was on my own or with other sketchers then I might be more detailed and slow in my sketching style. It all depends and there is no right or wrong.
Samples of a few different sketching styles
You can probably tell from my sketch samples here, that food sketching is one my favourite types of sketches to do. I was a foodie before I was a sketcher, so why not marry the two together?! 🙂
I’d like to leave you with one final thought and sketch …..
I was at the hairdresser today, and because I carry my travel sketch kit with me everywhere I go (99%) of the time, whilst I was waiting for my colour to set in I did a quick sketch of my tea, actually it was hot chocolate cup. Sketch anywhere, anytime and anything!
To me sketching the everyday keeps me grounded, relaxes me, and makes me happy in a very simple way.
As I flick through my sketchbooks and remember many aspects about the day and the moment I did the sketch, the people around, the sounds, the smells and the weather. It’s more than just a sketchbook and it’s a personal way to give more life to my memories rather than just taking photos.
Do you sketch? Or do you wish you did? Just grab a pen and paper and start … Just have FUN with it!
If you would like to meet other sketchers, I highly recommend joining the International Urban Sketchers community, there are a few chapters in every country. I’m one of the administrators for the Urban Sketchers Perth Chapter, so come and join us if you’re in Perth or visiting. I’d love to sketch with you.