What I learned from you

It gives me great joy to share my drawings every day, but a secondary benefit to having a blog is the discussions that sometimes take place in the comments section of the posts.  A few days ago I shared a problem that was troubling me. In my ink drawing of The Fur Trade I miscalculated the height of the roof, leaving me with a horizontal line in the trees. I worried about it far too much, and in the end it was hardly noticeable but I asked for suggestions/comments about how other sketchers deal with their drawing difficulties. I loved the advice (and hope to remember it all) so thought I’d share some of it today:

“I might have been tempted to add an electric line”

“Usually I turn the page and then use it for fragments and small portraits or for training – like drawing parallel lines while sitting on a bus”

“I was taught that if you draw a line in the ‘wrong’ place… simply draw another line : ) My ‘mistakes’ tend to free me from the pressure of having to do something ‘perfectly’ …and that’s always a good thing.”

“I look at the parts I like and try to think about how I was feeling when I was sketching. I can then usually look back and see the just good stuff.”

“Overcoming obstacles is an art in itself”

“The beauty of sketching is that even though mistakes can and will be made, the final image still evokes memories so uniquely different than a photograph ever could. When I sketch buildings, I know that mistakes will be made, but unless they are so outright obvious that a degree of believable accuracy is lost, I just soldier on and work toward the overall image.”

“I would probably have done the same as you… hidden it with darker tones on my drawing… except that it wouldn’t have happened to me because I would never do my first sketch in pen… “

“The thing about drawing for me is that I never learn anything from my “successes.” It is my mistakes that make me want to do better.”

“Well, since you asked, just draw another line and press on, never give up on a drawing, often the final result is surprisingly pleasing.”

“There is nothing wrong with a ‘wrong’ line – it is just part of the progress. Best to accept it and allow the drawing to grow around it!”



10 Comments on “What I learned from you”

  1. Ross says:

    It was my pleasure… I am always happy to be able to point out to you what you are doing wrong with your work. : )


  2. Sharon Smith says:

    Wonderful ines and tones in the buildings.Bravo.


  3. Linda Daily says:

    What wonderful advice your readers gave!
    You continue to inspire us all and you give freely of your painting/drawing techniques.
    I think all your viewers appreciate that!
    This is another beautiful painting,I love the soft sky.


    • Thanks Linda. I agree! Wonderful advice from everyone.
      I am really liking the paper I used for this which is the Saunders Waterford. I think you may have tried it. It does give those nice washes that make for soft skies.


  4. Béliza says:

    I honestly hadn’t even noticed the mistake in that drawing before I read your post 😀
    Love the comments. Thanks for sharing them! And all your beautiful work. I always feel like I learn something just looking at them. It’s very inspiring.


  5. Valerie Ann Tyler says:

    Thank you for your recent brushes tutorial and for your Sketching Garden Structures course. I’ve been watching all your ‘daily sketches’ for a long time and found them very interesting and ‘sharp’ – really loved them – but this is the first time that I have watched you ‘at work’.
    Just like to say ‘thanks’ for keeping folk like me inspired, especially at a time like this when we are in Lockdown and more or less ‘looking at the walls’ all day!!! Thanks, Ann


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