A third week of daily doings and more experimentation. I deliberately chose to do something different with each of these sketches. Nothing too dramatic, maybe just a limited palette or an unfamiliar set of brushes, but even subtle changes put me outside my comfort zone and help me to look at the process from a slightly different angle.
I feel like I’ve loosened up a bit this week too. That might be explained by having a little more time pressure than the previous weeks but I’m also making an effort to economise my mark making. Using different brushes which create less familiar marks really helps here: I’m more likely to leave the first stroke in place without wanting to refine it if I find the shape interesting, something which happens less if I’m using a brush with a behaviour I know well.
I’m considering taking that concept a stage further and making next week’s dailies in an actual sketchbook. Those brushes are very unfamiliar compared to their virtual cousins so it should be an interesting week if I can pluck up the courage!