Following on the discussion I was having about how other creatives shape our art,
recently an urban sketcher was reiterating
how it is not right to ink at the location and add colors later…
the colors are not true from pictures…
As if mixing on site is always accurate from six colors.
Gotta tell you, I really hate rules.
And as a creative, rules are meant to be broken.
It is what we do when we think outside the box and so I say,
ignore the utter nonsense that artists spew about rules.
Do as you please. Make your marks your way!
Let this be the last rule you listen to:
Rules are meant to be broken!
Anyhow, we went to Hem23, a Vietnamese place after
acupuncture on Valentine’s Day for a quick bite. I love their interiors, very simple materials, but really put together so well, and the food is heavenly.
Whenever I have
grilled with their heads on
(you crunch through
the whole head)
I think of Kliban’s
“Love to eat those Mousies…” RIP… I was going to post a
video of someone singing but
they don’t do the song like it is in my head so I just couldn’t!
And I cheated by all the rules of the urban sketcher’s guidebook…
I inked and penciled on site then added color in the studio. I am a very bad gurl.
Kilban’s image used without permission.
But I take no credit. I love Kilban!
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That annoying loud-mouth editor/critic in your head? GONE! How great would that be?
Ha! Rules? What rules!! Not for me, thank you. Thanks, Kate!
You keep on breaking the rules Katie you do it so well!
I’d love to try urban sketching, but I always get the lines going in the wrong directions when sketching. I’m trying a new technique using a clock face to help with the lines and angles, but more practice is needed before I give up on that. I’d spend so much time trying to sketch the buildings I wouldn’t have time to add color at the scene. I would definitely break the rule and add color at home too.
For most, it is a matter of how their brain thinks the building is — how they experience it when they enter and use it or approach it — versus what they are looking at. Reducing it to lines is a good thing to try, whether with a clock fave or a building. You might try drawing a building without lifting your pen… just look at the building and draw the edges, the “lines” of the building. The drawing will be a mess but you learn a LOT!
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Thank you for the tip! Drawing without lifting the pen is so scary! Everytime I’ve had a teacher have me try it it was indeed a mess!
ah, but what a great exercise in looking!