Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sketches on the Platform and train in February VIII



More sketches and even more tips....Some of you might be wondering? How long has he been doing this? Well, I seriously got hooked since 2004 and that was after my tutor at Heatherley's got us to go on public transport (circle line) with the model. He noticed we became too comfortable with the traditional way of sketching, drawing and painting the model from the comfort of our studio, that it was not making us think outside the box in terms of composition and using sketches to develop paintings. So that's how I got hooked!



More tips.....

21. Don't look nervous while sketching, just relax, The moment you start looking nervous, people around you would pick it and think you are doing something wrong. Just relax and if someone peeps into your sketchbook, just let them see more of it and smile and keep sketching!

22. There's nothing like starting or breaking down features and forms into basic shapes as squares, triangles and circles .....There are so many quick shapes you'll need to develop as a kind of shorthand to be a bit fast in recording what you see.

23. Practice with different sketchbooks and paper. Make sure you settle for one that satisfies you most-especially one that agrees with your sketching media. This will help to save precious time worrying about the wrong effect your lines, strokes and shades are producing by using a paper that isn't working for you.

24. The best sketchbook size for me has been an A6 Anything bigger is either a distraction or it'll make the sketching take longer. The smaller your sketches, the quicker. You can always blow them up if you need to use them later on.

25. If you are still nervous and can't overcome it easily. Please have a deal with a friend of yours to sit in the train or bus and just sketch them, at least that will build your confidence and people might even ask you to sketch them.

Keep sketching- it's when you start drawing and painting portraits and figures that you'll be shocked at what you've gained by this exercise.

12 comments:

André Godinho said...

always great content! those tips are great! i definitly need to sketch more in public transport, but i get a little nervous if i don't sketch people well, and if they eventually see it!

David Larson Evans said...

I always enjoy stopping at your blog.

vivien said...

excellent advice :>)

and lovely sketches as always

adebanji said...

Andre-Remember it is a sketch, that's the remedy, no one would doubt a sketch, because, at the end of the day, it is a sketch! Sketches are not supposed to be well done, they are supposed to be sketched well. Once you've sketched it well-you've achieved your mission-there's no time for your worries about what people think, that defeats the purpose-remember -all you are doing is training your hand-eye co-ordination-this will improve and pick up with time!

Thanks David!

Thanks Vivien!

Kelley said...

Thanks for all of these great tips. Your sketches are really inspiring. I thought I was so lucky to have gotten a car and no longer have to ride public transportation, but now I almost feel like I'm missing out on a great opportunity. :)

adebanji said...

Thanks Kelley! It is an opportunity and all is not lost for you, as with a car, you can sketch, parked where loads of people are and they won't even see you.

André Godinho said...

i think you are right, there is no time for that kind of worries! thanks adebanji

Carolann said...

Thank you for the tip - A6 sketchbook is really what will make a difference, I have been using A4 which is so noticeable that I am drawing. Will get one ASAP. Many thanks for the other tips. Much appreciated.

adebanji said...

That's great Carolann!

Ben Curtis said...

Just read all your sketching on public transport tips as you advised - thanks again so much, these are terrific! One final question - when sketching the head/face, am I right in interpreting your tips that I should start with the basic outline shape first of the face, and then fill in the features afterwards?

adebanji said...

Yes Ben, The Outlines First!

Ben Curtis said...

Thanks! I'll leave you in peace now and get on with some sketching!