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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Corner Bakery Sketch

Ever since a Corner Bakery franchise opened next door to my son's school, I have been sneaking over early to sit, have a coffee, do some reading and just relax. It is literally a 2 minute walk from the patio to my son's classroom, so I can make the most of my time even on days when I am scheduled to pick him up.

Today, I had stuffed a new sketch book into my backpack, not really thinking I would actually use it. I have been watching several sites recently where the authors regularly share their sketches with the the Internet world, and I guess that repeated exposure finally flipped some mental switch. Two of my favorite sites are:

Rohdesign Weblog

Everyday Matters

I always look forward to new posts and the new sketches that usually accompany them.

On this sketch, (click the picture for a larger image), I consciously and purposely kept telling myself to slow down, focus on one area then move to the next, take measurements, take angles, etc. While there are still a number of flaws, and a tremendous amount of simplification, I must say it is one of my better efforts of late.


At 6:43 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Doug, thanks for the mention!

I'm even more ecxited to see you keep on sketching! Bravo for exploring different approaches such as slowing down too, those really force you to look and observe in new ways.

Here is another excercise to try out: Pick something to sketch and do it several times, but continually reduce the time you have to sketch, maybe with a kitchen timer.

We use to do this excercise in college, starting with 2 minutes, dropping 30 seconds at a time until we were at 30 seconds, then 15!

What's so interesting about it is, you feel yourself relaxing and focusing at the same time, as you bring the sketch to bare minimums. I also found that I'd loosen up for other sketches to follow by doing this excercise.

Let me know what you think if you try it out. :-)


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