Carol Sloan here.
I am determined to do more urban sketching.
I've been meeting a few times a month with a couple of sketching buddies in various places close to us to sketch.
And to support each other as well.
It can be difficult (scary, overwhelming) to sketch in public by yourself!
Especially if you aren't too sure about your skills...
There is one thing that will improve your skills -
Seriously, I know we all say that about any type of art making but it is so so true!
If you want to improve any skill - you must put in hours of practice.
(off the rant now)
In downtown Greenville SC, we have a wonderful and inviting place called "Fall's Park".
It's family friendly with lots of interesting areas, many spaces that are uncluttered ,open and airy. These spaces tend to call to the young and young at heart.
I see a lot of dancers, twirlers, actors and skippers in these places...doing their thing.
I was sitting on the edge of a stage (doing my thing)...surrounded by a lot of open space.
This was the view to the left of me -
I love the way that the bridge opening gives us a peek of the area beyond it.
The creek runs that way to the Reedy River, home of lots of baby ducks right now.
That opening makes me want to skip right over and slip to the other side of the bridge.
I hope that you will consider taking your sketching supplies out with you - find an open space to sit in.
Take a deep breath.
And sketch what you see.
Really LOOK closely and draw what you see, not what you think you see.
Lots and lots of practice.
Use a bound sketchbook so that you can go back and look at your sketches after a while.
You will be shocked at your progress!