The purpose of a sketch a day is just to do it - sketch! It doesn't matter if it is an involved sketch or if it is a simple contour or gesture drawing. There are no rules except to sketch each day.

Life parameters can dictate the time investment, but a sketch a day commitment is designed to elevate the personal priority of sketching ... to enforce sketching. Making it into a "resolution" validates the activity (invests it with a bit of a challenge even!) and defends against competing demands. The sketch a day is designed for practice - to reinforce basic skills, and to provide daily contemplation on the issues of two dimensional representation.

Several of us are doing a sketch a day, and I would enjoy hearing from anyone else who decides to join in. We share our efforts, support each other, keep each other honest and... hopefully we'll have some fun doing this!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

December 22, 2011

    These are small white scrubby pads one uses for face washing. I thought the stack of three would be amusing to draw, with the texture and subtle differences, but it not only did not prove amusing (boring!), but it also reminded me how annoying it can be to draw white things with a gray color (graphite) on white paper. Of course, one could fill in the whole background, but leaving white filaments simply isn't adequate. To extend the usefulness of the exercise I did two small texture studies - one very small with a tiny bit of black background.

1 comment:

  1. oh, I thought the black background one was to illustrate what my cleaning pads look like after a day down town....or cleaning house, should I venture on THAT experiment......actually I bet "exercises" like this grow into the perfectly detailed and textured nature studies?