What do they say? It takes 30 days to form a new habit. Well, I’m two and a half months into my daily sketching. For those new to my blog, you can catch up on my sketching journey. How it all began, daily sketching in 2015, daily sketching part two.
Like with all new things, I threw myself into the task. After about 6 weeks or so of long nights (going to bed at 3am or later) I realised this is not sustainable. I was walking around like a zombie during the day. So, how do I sustain my daily sketching without killing myself? Well, with baby steps, as with everything in life. I figured out that it’s impossible to do my sort of intricate sketching that takes anywhere between 3 and 7 hours on a daily basis.
I started thinking that it’s ok to show the process on some of my work. Like this I can do something on a daily basis and some of you might even enjoy seeing how a sketchbook spread comes about with its different layers.
This here below is a collage of some flowers I had already drawn. I simply photocopied them in black and white, glued them on and painted over them.
A bit of abstract painting with oil pastels and mixed media.
A piece with dense housing. I would love to do a bigger piece of this. I think it would be more impactful. What do you think?
A simple sketch, albeit time consuming. Was thinking about mosaic tiles. Use coloured pencils.
This next sketch was inspired by the wallpaper in my hotel room on my short trip to the South of France.
Here I was driving down the coastal road towards Villefranche sur Mer, when I just had to stop the car to sketch the outlines. Once I had more time, I filled in with watercolours.
This was the first version I released on Instagram.
This is the finished version I released on Instagram.
And here is the double spread so you can see it in its entirety.
Staying with the inspiration from the South of France. This time it’s boats and yachts.
Over the weekend I decided to explore some more cityscapes. This time a little closer to home, London!
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these. That’s it for now until the next installment of sketchbooks explorations. See ya.