Summer’s Sketchbook: The inaugural edition.
When I initially did a callout for your summer sketches, I desperately held my breath, feeling not unlike my 21-year-old self after announcing my first solo gig.
But instead of asking, what if nobody shows up?, I was now asking, what if no one sends in their sketches?
And just like everything worked out fine that night at a little venue called Alley Katz in Richmond, Virginia, I needn’t have worried this time around either.
Over the last six weeks, a number of readers have sent in their sketches, and I couldn’t be happier to finally share this fantastic collection with you.
You’ll also notice a short paragraph under each artist’s name. I asked them to tell me a bit about why they love sketching, how it enhances their travels or daily life, etc., and I hope you’ll enjoy reading their responses as much as I did.
I also hope you’ll appreciate how they’re all so remarkably different. I’ve always loved that about art – how we each draw with our own “voice,” if that analogy makes sense. For how boring would it be if we all sketched the world exactly the same?
From the colors they used (or perhaps didn’t use) to the level of detail they chose to include, I’m fascinated by the spectrum of styles represented here. So without further ado, please feast your eyes on the inaugural edition of Summer’s Sketchbook:
Anja – Netherlands/Singapore
“I’ve loved sketching since I was a child. It’s an outlet for my creativity, keeps me busy when alone and I can keep myself entertained this way. Sometimes it leads to contacts with new people or a different connection with people that I already know.”
Chandler – Washington, USA
“I love to sketch what I see on my travels because it forces me to really look and understand what I’m seeing. I find that when I shoot photos instead, I tend to rely on the camera to do all the seeing for me – and afterward my memories of my travels are hazy and indistinct. I can’t sketch nearly as many things as I can breeze by with a camera, but by taking the time to slow down and draw, I really cement my memories permanently in my mind – even years and years later.”
“I am an industrial designer who hadn’t drawn fun stuff since design school, and never really tried watercolors – but seemed similar to marker sketches. I started drawing in pencil at Burning Man a couple years ago, then broke out some watercolors on a recent trip to Portugal to journal the surprise trip I took my girlfriend on.”
Elisa – The Philippines
“Sketching is a very personal endeavor. Instead of taking out my camera and snapping quick shots of that beautiful place and walking to the next destination I take out my sketchbook and pen to sketch what I see. To me that is savoring that moment: the place, the day, the people. Taking the time to notice the little details. Being aware of life. Slowing down. Sketching is to experience life at its finest. It is a way for me to thank God for His wonderful creations. I think everybody should sketch more in life.”
Fazila – Missouri, USA
“Sketching sends me back to my childhood days of scribbling without a care in the world. Thank you Candace for rekindling the spirit of sketching in me.”
Lela – Singapore
“I enjoy sketching because it allows me to study and scrutinize the place/people. It also allows me to spend time with myself and by myself – something I believe everyone should do.”
Paige – UK
“I don’t sketch often so when I do it is a personal challenge simply to render what’s in front of me onto the page. My mother-in-law, a brilliant sketch artist and painter, has me interested in continuous line sketches where you don’t dilly-dally around the edges but just draw what you see. It takes the pressure off and adds a bit of challenge.”
Todd – California, USA
“I’m a bit of a compulsive drawer – I just want my hands to be drawing all the time. Drawing is how I absorb the information around me and really connect with a place. You can see more of my art at TheArtDontStop.com, my travel art at http://ephemerratic.com/travel-art and my art in person in September at Mission Pie in San Francisco.”
And yours truly…
Naturally I can’t help but share one last summer sketch of my own with you here. As you might remember reading last month, my six weeks on the West Coast were an endless source of sketching inspiration – especially the beautiful conservatory in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.
Huge thanks to everyone who submitted their travel sketches! I’m already looking forward to the next Summer’s Sketchbook.