Do not underestimate the value of the sketches, they are very important and have a great deal of significance in how you build your style and identity as an artist and beyond – also as a human being.
*Everything here is my tips, from my personal experience, the things I do that help me. I have no intention here to hurt anyone or say what’s right, there is no one truth or one answer here, what helps one probably won’t help others. optimistic.*
In this post we’re going to talk about:
- Why is sketching is important.
- Why are cheap materials are the best.
- Where to find inspiration.
- The fact that you’re fucking special.
First and last: less is much more.
Use simple, inexpensive materials, don’t go crazy all around, looking for the best quality. A simple sketchbook, children’s colors, markers, panda, pastel colors. That way, when everything is simple and cheap, you allow yourself to explore, erase, cut, throw, and save. You know it’s not your “Master Pease” so it’s much easier for you to feel free … and make mistakes.
Welcome honey, here is where the road begins: How to help you build a line, a personal style that identifies with you.
On the other hand: cheap but quality.
Don’t you dare to disrespect your sketches! The fact that the materials are cheap and simple doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t invest in your paintings. Take your page and colors seriously, think before you begin, imagine, plan – How do you want your sketch will look like?..
Three: Bye Bye Pencil – Hey Color!
Here’s something that helped me get free – as soon as I said goodbye to the pencil. Make no mistake, I like drawing on pencil and charcoal, that’s where I came from, but what helped me get free of my small, closed place and bloom- was to replace the pencil with color. Even when I plan the sketch on the paper it will immediately be colored. Bright color, less noticeable so I can fix, but delete is out of the question, and I love it! It brings me to a different kind of dealing with myself. Let go, the rest will come alone, I swear.
Four: Not what everyone does is right for you.
I will explain, some of the people draw on white pages, smooth and glittery canvas, one that makes happy in the heart and tickles the fingers with a desire to start painting already. Well, for some other people it’s difficult. This white page creates some block in the brain, no coming out and no coming in. Or in other words, you feel you can’t draw anything. There’s also the matter that you don’t want just to dirty this clean white page. Like.. wait, what if I fail, a mess all over? And if it didn’t turn out well? We see a smooth page in front of our eyes and just sure it should come out perfect. Well, I mean.. NO.
During the studies, my lecturer lit my eyes that I didn’t get along with the white page. I guess somewhere I always knew it, I would much more freely scribble and I find that my paintings are more interesting when I draw on an existing thing, a sketch or dirt of color or lessons I wrote in a notebook, anything. This is why my sketchbook today is generally a Bristol children’s book with blue pages, bought it in Sri Lanka, so worth it! Too bad I didn’t buy more. Anyway, it connects perfectly to the first rule.
Five: Take a photo. Always.
Or the way I call it… Drums please: Meet the Sketch-phone.
Have you seen something beautiful in your eyes, something special? Take a photo. Immediate. You never know what use these pictures will use, it can develop in the future. It’s happened to me before, I shot a view I liked, just because, and after a while, the same scenery inspired me to a series of paintings. It didn’t happen in one night, and the truth it took me a few months, but sometimes it took a moment to leave things aside, sleep on it overnight (or even a few months), let the brain brew and time to pass. It will come alone. Really. The story behind the following pictures is like this: The north of the country is so beautiful, so I took a picture of the view from the spot where I parked my car, I parked far. In the first days in college, there is no nearby parking. Fuck. Anyway, the picture was taken in November, just in January, two months after, this view inspired me to do the exercise we needed to do and I started filming there regularly.
Here is the result displayed in a group exhibition, my answer to the exercise: To create work inspired by an artist or artwork from the collection in this museum.
Six: Not interesting? Make it interesting.
Change the way you look at things, the angle, perspective, composition. Change you. Get close to the object, really zoom in, focus on one single image – or move away, zoom very out, literally draw everything around, a whole scene.
Seven: Last but First- you’re GOOD!
Remember! (To myself, too) As they say, you didn’t invent the wheel and you’re not going to, probably. It’s like good and bad together saying that, I know, but surely other people in the world are interested in the same things as you and you are not alone, use what you’ve got, you’re special enough. Research, ask, search the Internet – find that you are not the only weirdo and feel free and confident.
Have my tips helped you? Is there anything you would add? I’ll be happy to hear!