Hi Everyone! I'm Traci Bunkers, a new member of The Sketchbook Challenge, and this is my first post.
The other day, I got my fancy Nikon 5000 DSLR camera all set up on my overhead stand, ready to shoot pictures from above of me working, when I heard a loud pop, and my electricity went out.
Oh my god! Now what? Change of plans.
It's funny how when that happens, you're stunned, not sure how you are going to function without electricity. When in reality, it's not a big deal. I'm not on life support, so I'll survive. I decided to grab my sketchbook, a few markers, and go outside. Since this month's theme is circles, I looked around my yard for circular things to do quick sketches of. And I mean quick because even though it was still morning, the bugs were biting!
I felt like a kid playing a game of "I Spy" by myself. I drew everything on the same page, not worrying about overlapping since this was just an exercise. I'm a firm believer that it's more important to be creative and get in the practice of "making art" than it is to feel that everything you do has to be Art with a big "A."
It was easy to find things in my yard, both things in nature and man-made things, to sketch. I used a few different markers also, just to have a variety in my line weight.
Right after I finished, I took photos with my iPad, using the Hipstamtic app, of what I had drawn. If I want I can practice drawing more using the photos as a reference (and avoid the bugs & the crazy heat).
A decorative pedestal column in my back yard.
A solar powered light along the pathway to my studio.
A gazing ball on a little stand.
A freshly formed lotus seed pod from my my lotus plant in my front yard.
Large & lovely lotus leaves that aren't perfect circles, but who cares. I love the radiating veins that go from the center circle to the leaf edges.
And blue bottles that line one of the flower beds in my front yard.
It was a fun exercise that didn't take much time at all. And a nice reminder that you really don't have to look too far to find something fun to draw. It's all right in front of your nose. Or maybe just outside in your yard.