I went to the USA for the last couple of weeks in September. I call it a holiday you may call it a vacation. We went to New York for a few days then to a wedding outside Boston – then we had a few days on Cape Cod with wind and rain, thanks to Hurricane Jose!
I had done so much drawing for books I was working on before I left, I didn’t do a lot of drawing while I was away – It was, after all, a holiday!
Have a look at what I did and see a few of the many sights I saw while I was away.
I went to London twice a few weeks ago. The second time was to sit on the Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Group – (CWIG) – at the Society of Authors, which is like the writer’s trade union, I suppose.
I had a bit of time to nip into the Science museum on the Way, As I’d heard that they had bought the British Astonaut, Tim Peake’s Soyuz Space ship – for an undisclosed sum – and that it had gone on display just that morning. So, While I was there, I thought I would film a load of things to give me ideas for what to draw on future videos. What do you think? Do they give you ideas?
Some people find it hard to sketch in public, so why not get some practice in drawing people out of catalogues and magazines? The models are great – they don’t move! do one everyday and you will soon feel that maybe you do it from real life in a cafe or on the street.
Remember that you are not drawing a photograph. That’s what cameras are for. You are drawing a sketch. Your drawing does not have to be a portrait nor does it even have to look the same or use the same colours. It’s your sketch interpretation.
If you make a mistake, that’s great – we learn from mistakes. see if you can finish the drawing then have another go and see if you can get it right, Don’t abandon the drawing if you make a mistake – that can turn into a habit and you’ll never finish anything. Often you can save a drawing or painting by just keeping on going!
I was wondering what to draw when I saw a tweet that read: “As much as I love birds, they don’t seem to like me. Last year I got attacked by a crow & today multiple geese chased me down the canal…” That seemed like a good thing to draw
I met Sanne – whose youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/Booksandquills – in 2011, when we both won the YouTube NextUp Competition. Sanne was then at University in Holland, but nowadays I bump into her at publishing events as she is now working in London in publishing.