A week of paper, pen and pencils. This was intended to push me a bit, and it worked!
My plan was to approach this week’s efforts just like the previous digital sketches. I even made a little card templatte so I could mark out a drawing area with the same 16:9 aspect ratio. I wanted to keep everything the same, apart from the medium.
I’m glad I did as I was quickly reminded that the medium makes a big difference. No matter how I’ve tried to challenge myself over the last three weeks of digital sketches, I’m still in a very familiar environment. I spend at least eight or nine hours in Photoshop every day, often longer. In contrast, my sketchbooks probably don’t get more than a couple of hours attention each week. I found myself feeling quite uncomfortable when I sat down to sketch, which surprised me as I don’t normally feel that way when I crack open a sketchbook. Why? I think because I was approaching these like digital sketches: I wanted to lay down some value to work against, place big marks, throw textures around. All things I could do without thinking in Photoshop but which had me staring iat my collection of pens and pencils in confusion.
As I think I predicted at the end of my last blog, this was an interesting week. I definitely felt challenged and that was very satisfying. I enjoyed these less than the digital sketches, but I think that mostly came from frustration with the limits of the medium which is something I should be working with, rather than against. I was surprised to note that these came together more quickly than the digital sketches too.
Back to digital next week, I think.