People in the Park

Black and white sketch of people under a shelter

I’m still lagging behind very slightly with my Sketchbook Skool homeworks. These drawings are some of my homeworks from Melanie Reim‘s klass. Melanie teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and she does a lot of reportage drawing.

Her style reminds me a little bit of the work of Quentin Blake and Ronald Searle. She manages to tell stories through her drawings of people and encouraged us to try the same thing by going to a park to draw people.

I’m still a little bit self conscious about drawing in public but that feeling’s fading over time. I went to a park really close to where I live because there are always plenty of people coming and going.

Unfortunately, as I sat down to draw a whole crowd of people left the park so I drew other individuals as they came and went.

Sketch of a man smoking a cigarette

Drawing people who are moving around a lot is a real challenge for me and it’s definitely something I want to practise and get better at. I think I started to capture some stories in these drawings but maybe I could have gone further if I’d had a bit more patience. Something to work on next time!

An Illustrated ‘Manual’

Tea infuser illustrated instructions

Back to the Leuchtturm sketchbook for my second Sketchbook Skool homework. It’s a really bad scan but never mind.

I decided to do what Koosje suggested and keep things simple for this one so to make life a bit easier for my illustrated manual I chose this tea infuser.

Illustrating a Recipe

Illustrated recipe potatoes boulangere

The Storytelling klass at Sketchbook Skool started earlier this month and the first homework was to produce an illustrated recipe.

With the start of a new semester I decided to start a new sketchbook. This is a Leuchtturm A5 sketchbook. Unlike the Moleskines that I’ve been using for a while, this one’s not a watercolour sketchbook but it takes the paint quite well and the paper’s very thick which is nice.

Not sure it scanned all that well, what with the shadows on the edge but other than that I like this new sketchbook.

Sketchbook #5: Sugar Jar

Photo of sketchbook and paints on table watercolour painting of kilner jar

A new klass has started at Sketchbook Skool so I’m underway with the homeworks from this semester on ‘Storytelling’. In the meantime though, I’m just finishing off a few pages in my Moleskine sketchbook.

This one had been waiting for some colour to be added for quite¬† a long time. It’s just the kilner jar that we keep the sugar in and a tiny Bonne Maman jar at the side.

Photo of sketchbook and paints on table watercolour painting of kilner jar

I was planning on outlining it in black ink before colouring it in but eventually decided to keep it a bit softer and leave it as a pencil sketch. I think that was the right decision.

Photo of sketchbook and paints on table watercolour painting of kilner jar

Right in Front of Me On My Desk

Coloured drawing of a desk and all the pens and books on top.

I was flicking back through my copy of Keri Smith’s How To Be An Explorer of the World the other day and not for the first time I realised that some of the explorations in there are quite good drawing prompts.

I may do a series of drawings based on these but for now I’ve done this one. Like a drawing I did last year of 8 Things Right Where I’m Sitting, I started with the first exploration and went with what’s right in front of me.

I have a tiny desk in the corner of one room in our flat, right next to a big window and this is where I do a lot of my drawing now. I suspect it might become a bit chilly in the winter though so I may retreat to the dining table if that happens.

For now, though this is an aerial view of what was on my desk yesterday. Apart from Keri Smith, I’d say this drawing was also inspired a by the work of Andrea Joseph and Tommy Kane.

If you want to see this drawing in more detail, just click on it to view a higher-res version.