I am traveling for 2 weeks so my sketchbook series is traveling too! This week we are in Sunny San Diego California and I have a quick life drawing watercolor sketchbook exercise to share!
Limited supplies again (which can be especially liberating while traveling!) Remember this series isn't about making art, its about practicing the basics and training your mind to see the world and taming that little voice that says "you don't have time". So lets get to it!
Your Sketchbook: Mine is a 7x7 Stillman & Birn Mixed Media Delta Series
Basic Travel Watercolor Set: Mine is 14 color Winsor & Newton travel set Stabilo All, Aquarellable Black Pencil
Pentel Medium Water Brush
The goal with this exercise is to find a scene in life that you find interesting and that you can quickly sketch. Since I am out in San Diego I took the opportunity to go out by the water and check out all the sailboats in the bay.
I took a snapshot of the sailboat scene that I am going to sketch, feel free to use this source shot if you are short on time but also try to get outside if possible and find a scene in life to you can give yourself and your eye a bit more challenge.
The sail boats were moving super fast (it was a really windy day) so I snapped a shot super fast and then got to sketching.
Below is my source image shot for your reference.
By the time I put my camera down and picked up my sketchbook and pencil that first sailboat was already gone and the wind was pushing hard on that next one. I quickly sketched the basic shapes of the boats first since they were moving so quickly and then spent about 30 - 40 seconds sketching one of the buildings and a horizon line in the background to give my sketch a sense of place.
My sketch is below. This is a quick process so don't stress over detail get basic shapes and go! My sketch took about 60 - 70 seconds in total.
You can see the angle on the first sail, this helps to show you the boat is moving quickly. The angle is tilted and the "water" line below also suggests movement. You can see in the background of the photo, in just that 60-70 seconds all the boats have already left my view. That is ok though I got my base sketch and now I am free to add the watercolor to give my sketch a little personality and personal style.
There is no wrong way to add color to your sketch. I purposefully picked to use the water soluble Stabilo with my watercolor paint because my goal was to blend the two mediums together as I added the color. This is a fun process and you can get creative with the colors you add. I kept the building. land, tree line, water and sky more traditional colors and then added color that wasn't in my scene to my sailboats.
For me this adds a joyful emotion and spirit to the sketch and allows me to play with color and blending in a fun way.
You can see my finished page below.
Its ok to leave white from the page showing through! This can add interest and these areas become a highlight and focal point.
(see my previous sketchbook series #4 post for more on focal point.)
I hope you enjoyed this quick travel edition sketchbook exercise and I hope are able to find some time to explore! It is never a to late to start creating and exploring your creative process.
Until next time! Enjoy Your Creative Journey!
XOXO - Tori