Sketch your day
Simplifying is key.
Sketching isn't always focused on experimentation (as it was the topic of my last Newsletter), but it can also be a good tool to keep memories alive by drawing them. This means, to capture experiences of a day or a special adventure or to simply note down with pictures the things you have done during a normal day - a sketched diary.
When we sketch a day, this should not take hours – otherwise we have spent more time sketching memories then creating these memories. Simplifying is therefore key to be quick in sketching. Instead of drawing a complex breakfast scene with room, table, dishes, bread, butter, cups and so on, we can focus on some important elements and sketch them with icons.
At the beginning you might prefer to test different icon types on a separate page to find the style that fits to your journey drawing. This will become more and more a habit and you’ll soon be able to sketch parts of your day in a simplified and quick way.
Don't lose the thread.
How was your day? Smooth & comfortable or rough & hard? A line, that is symbolizing the course of the day, can show a lot already. Think about its loops & hills, ups & downs. This is creating the basis for your sketched day.
Vary in size: depending on the importance of scenes during the day, the icons can get different positions and sizes. Some pop out of the page, others are more in the background.
Dare to be not perfect.
Who wants a clean page with exact lines, all look like drawn with a ruler... without any traces of hesitation?
The charm of a sketchbook is its imperfect style, the quirky and rough lines.
So, don’t limit yourself by trying to make it perfect.
Feel free to sketch and embrace the result no matter how it looks it. And, isn’t a quirky rough line more expressive than a straight and perfect line?
PS: I was sitting in a car when I was sketching these pages – so I had to say “Good Bye” to perfection rather quickly – what a wonderful feeling!
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In the mood for sketching now?
I truly hope so, as sketching is such a brilliant way to express feelings and experiences and to practice drawing skills at the same time.
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