Happy National Drawing Day!
May 16 is National Drawing Day! Besides sketches for our Urban Sketchers virtual meet ups, what have you been drawing? Here’s what I’ve been doing:
Earlier this week I watched a Metropolitan Museum of Art Drop In Drawing session on composition and shapes, which focused on botanical drawings. The idea was to build a drawing through simplified shapes that you then go back and refine. For example, you sketch out ovals or oblongs for the petals of a flower, and then go back to draw in the specific shape of the petals. I decided to try this technique on a gardenia blossom in a vase. I drew a circle for the vase as well as simple ovals and rectangles for the petals. Then I went back and drew more specific petal shapes. Although not exactly an Urban Sketchers scene, I think these principles can be applied to sketches other than botanical drawings.
Something else we often practice drawing is hands. This week I watched a drawing session sponsored by the Princeton Art Museum and the Arts Council of Princeton, featuring a lesson on drawing hands. I drew my left hand holding a pencil.
Happy drawing on National Drawing Day and beyond!
Yesterday I intended to sketch Restaurant Row from two perspectives — looking down from my apartment on the 40th floor at One Waterfront Towers, and also from ground level. But somehow despite having nothing to do all day, I only finished the sketch from up high looking down. Today I finished the sketch from ground level. The bird’s eye view is kind of interesting, but on the whole I think I prefer to sketch at eye level, perhaps because that’s what I’m more accustomed to.