What does a street sketcher do when it’s snowing and there are 80 km/hr gusts blowing it around? Cry in some beer? Sketch lemons? Sketch a recipe for lemonade? I was at a loss.
Normal art people just head to their studio and draw or paint to their heart’s content, but I really have a hard time sketching without going somewhere first. I know…I should take a pill to get over it, but I’m old and already taking too many of those.
So, I decided, why not do something that might help me when I do get to go onto the street to sketch. One of my big problems is that while I’m very comfortable sitting on my tripod stool and can sketch up a storm there, I struggle when I try to sketch standing up. I’m not sure why. My belly is sufficiently large to hold a sketchbook, afterall.
Anyways, that’s what I decided to do – sketch while standing. I went into my office, picked up sketchbook and pen, looked around and decided to draw the three principle books that stand on my desk. I added a bit of the surroundings for context. And yes, there is lots of stuff on those shelves but you think I’m going to let you see what a mess my office is? Not a chance.
I still find sketching while standing up a struggle. I lose not only some of my control over the pen but also some of my ability to concentrate. The later is the bigger loss and I’m not sure why it occurs at all. Maybe I need to stand around sketching more often. Any tips for a stand-up-challenged sketcher?