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  • Saturday Six-Minute Sketch… NOT!

    First, I want to apologize for being mostly absent for a few weeks. I really needed to take some time for other things, and didn’t dedicate as much time to my blog as I had been previously.

    Hopefully I am back again now!

    Today is Saturday, so I figured it was time for my Saturday Six-Minute Sketch, which my readers will probably remember are quick sketches from life, that I try to do in six minutes or less.

    These six-minute sketches can be challenging, not only because of needing to sketch quickly, but also because it can be difficult to select an object simple enough for such a short sketch to possible.  I don’t always judge correctly.

    Today I decided on a boot as my subject.  Specifically this boot that belongs to my daughter:

    Actually this boot is not as simple as it looks, at least not to draw.
    This is my daughter’s boot, classy, stylish, simple, right?

    Well, I set my timer and started drawing, and quickly realized that this basic boot was not nearly as simple to draw as it first appeared.  It turns out that I encounter difficulty in drawing folds of fabric.

    Here is how much I had managed to draw in the six-minute time limit.

    I guess I need to practice drawing more!
    While its clearly a boot, I can see where I drew the angles wrong, and the proportion is off too.

    Well, I wanted to complete more than that!  I hadn’t even gotten to the shading!

    So I started the timer again, and this time, while I still drew quickly, I decided I was going to bring it to something close to completion.

    I ended up taking another seven minutes, for a total of 13 minutes to complete this drawing.

    Those folds in the faux leather are really a challenge to draw!
    This simple basic boot is much more complex than it first appears!

    I am not terribly pleased with this sketch, the proportion is off, either the toe should be shorter or the leg portion larger.  The angle of the sole is off, the angle of the top of the foot portion is too flat.  The folds don’t right.

    I think I will need to try to sketch this boot again, without a time restriction at all, and see if I can get closer to realism with it.


  • Little Birdie — Saturday Six-Minute Sketch

    Wow, another week has gone by and its time for my Saturday Six-Minute Sketch once again!

    Today I selected for my model this little bird knickknack:

    bird six minute sketch model

    So, as usual for my six-minute sketches, I sat down, pencil and sketch book ready, put the model (the bird statue) in front of me, set the timer on my cell phone for six minutes, started it, and began sketching.

    Naturally, when you have a time limit you don’t know at the start how much detail you will be able to fit in, so you start with the most basic.  First outlining the general shape, then outlining areas within that shape that are most important (such as the head and wing), then you start adding in important features like the beak and eyes, and then if time allows, you add some shading and detail like feathers, etc.

    Here is all I managed before my six minutes ran out.
    Bird six minute sketch

    I know it isn’t perfect, but I am pretty satisfied with considering the time constraint.

    I always try to do my six-minute sketches from an actual model, rather than a picture, though there might be an exception some day if I want to try to sketch something that would move around too much otherwise.  Usually though I will pick a stationary object to sketch, because the main purpose of this is to keep practiced on drawing what I see, from life.


  • Homeschool Co-op Parent Room Sketches

    Today was homeschool co-op for my kids, and in my down time before my first TA assignment, and in my down time after my last Teaching assignment, I sketched things I saw around me. A pedestal in the chapel area, a fire sprinkler, my pencil sharpener, and other items.  Later at home I continued sketching.  A lamp, my shoe, my hand…

    Anyway, I’ve been wanting to draw from life more, and today I got in lots of sketches, all from real objects in front of me. Some of the objects had very straight lines, and I could have benefited from a straightedge or ruler, but all were just done free hand.
    Here are today’s sketches:

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