Do You Sketch The Boring Stuff?

I like to sketch boring stuff.  I guess I should be more precise and say that I like to sketch things that other people find boring, or worse, don’t even notice them at all.  Things like garbage cans, fire hydrants, telephone poles… and plain, ‘boring’ buildings.

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So when I saw this view of the end of a 3-store complex, it called to me.  I set up my stool, sat down, and got out my Stillman & Birn Zeta (5×8) sketchbook.  I used a Pilot Prera loaded with Platinum Carbon Ink to do the sketch.  I was happy with the results.2013-07-26Building_site

What do you think?  Do you sketch boring stuff?

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7 Responses to “Do You Sketch The Boring Stuff?”

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  1. Palma says:

    I really like your sketch very much. I also like to see and sketch the things that others may find uninteresting and including these extra details or objects makes a lot difference and it adds character IMO.

  2. Murilo says:

    I also do love sketching everything, including boring or ordinary stuff/locations.
    A drawing always has the power of transforming them into an interesting/beutifiul subject as no one had seen yet.
    Congratulations ! Your sketch is great!

    Murilo

    • Margie says:

      I know what you mean. Ordinary things have a mood or shape or spatial relationship that calls out to be appreciated. It’s our duty to respond – or feels that way sometimes!

    • Yes, it’s that transformation that’s the most fun for me. When I look at the great tourist locations in Quebec City I have little interest in sketching them because there’s been a gazillion photos taken and hundreds of paintings done of them. But the little cobbler shop next door…well that’s ‘undiscovered’ 🙂

      Cheers — Larry

  3. Tina says:

    I think no subject matter is inherently boring… It’s the sketcher’s job to make it un-boring! And you’ve done it … Your sketch makes me wonder what this building is.

    • As I suggested in my opening, Tina, ‘boring’ is in the eyes of the beholder. I do hear sketchers bemoaning the fact that they don’t live where there are exciting things to draw. I think the problem there is that they don’t have the view you’ve just stated…that anything can be interesting in a sketch.

      Cheers — Larry