Sometimes, when I stop to sketch, it just doesn’t work. I don’t know why. What I feel is that I just can’t see in the way an artist sees things. Everything is a struggle and I can’t engage with the subject. In particular I have this problem when I try quick-sketching but also, sometimes, when I’m trying to do a more normal sketch. Anyways, in spite of my embarrassment to do so, I thought I’d share one of these failures with you.
Our main library is closed for renovations right now but there’s a small branch library not far from my house. I was walking by the other day and decided to stop in for a few minutes of people sketching. The views aren’t great in this library but, frankly, it didn’t matter because I couldn’t draw a person to save my life. These were 30-60s sketches and all tentative and horrible.
I gave up in frustration and continued walking. About 15 minutes later I saw this old guy waiting to cross the street so I tried again. I was pretty happy with how this one turned out. I suppose the moral of the story is not to give up but I’d sure like to know why my brain won’t engage with my inner artist on occasion.