Challenge through limitationsPosted: September 1, 2012
Facing a sheet of pristine white paper can sometimes be intimidating but I got some great ideas to overcome that fear from a workshop I did in Santo Domingo with Nina Johansson. I loved every workshop I did at the Urban Sketchers Symposium and yet I haven’t written about this very first one — Challenge through limitations — most likely because I didn’t draw anything worth posting at the time. We used all sorts of drawing tools that Nina generously shared — bamboo pens, markers, ink — to try to shake us out of our usual ways of working. The technique I liked best, and tried in the sketch below, was to mess up that clean white sheet before drawing on it. I mixed up some watercolour, dripped it on my paper, sprinkled some salt on top of that and then when it was bone dry I shook off the salt and did my drawing of the broom on top of that. In Santo Domingo we even put paint on our shoes and stepped on our sketchbooks. It’s very liberating to work on a sheet that already has some marks on it.