I set myself an exercise to draw every pin on my Pinterest board ‘Stylish Beings’. This is a board where I’ve been pinning people I think are particularly cool, glam or fascinating. So far it has about 200 pins and I thought it would be good drawing practice to have a crack at sketching each and every one.
I’m forcing myself not to get too precious about it…so far I’ve drawn 39 and it’s safe to say that a good number of those will never see the light of day, but the more I draw the more i’m creating drawings that i’m really happy with and enjoying playing about with media and style. If I do a bad one, I drop it and move on to the next.
Capturing the likenesses is something I want to work on too, but hopefully by the time I get to pin #200 that will start to improve! Here’s a little selection of some of my faves so far:
I had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh. This was my first trip to Scotland as an adult and I took my sketchbook along to record the adventure. Good thing too as there was plenty of inspiring stuff to draw; from stunning gothic buildings to the cheeky airbnb cat ‘Minou’. Here are some of the other things that made my trip special:
Visiting Edinburgh Castle, climbing Arthur’s Seat, cobbled streets and ‘wynds’, The Elephant House, a battered Mars bar, bagpipe wars, crumbling graveyards, Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth, the National Museum, trendy cocktails, getting spooked in the catacombs, veggie haggis, quality whisky and vintage trousers.
I got to draw in some really spectacular spots while I was away and have some lovely memories of times sat sketching. A rainy day at a Chinese pearl market sheltering in a restaurant doorway. Hiding in the shade on a sandy New Zealand beach not realising my ankles were being eaten alive by sand flies. Losing my tour group in the mountains of Longji after staying behind too long to finish a drawing…actually the last two don’t sound that great but they really were good experiences!
Some pages are just super quick sketches but there are a few studies in there that took a couple of hours or more to finish. Plenty of pencil, some oil pastel and a fair bit of watercolour which is fast becoming one of my favourite mediums.