Speed sketching with an overhead viewpoint. Compose within a small format. Zoom in or zoom out?
- Choose a spot outdoors or in the house with lots of natural light.
- Use the sidewalk, if outdoors, or spread out a white pillowcase or sheet on the ground. If indoors, use the white pillowcase or sheet of watercolor paper on the floor for your background.
- Lay out a row of similar objects. Uneven numbers are best.
- Trace the outline of a business card or credit card several times on your sketchbook page or watercolor paper to create frames for your sketches. Orient some of them vertically and some horizontally.
- Now, with your subject viewed from above, sketch one group at a time within it's own frame using graphite, ink, markers or line and wash.
- Include the cast shadows and highlights.
- Give yourself a 5 minute time limit per sketch.
- See how many you can do in 30 to 45 minutes. Ready, set, go!
|Here are a few ideas to get you started, but please try to work from life instead of photos. What do all these objects have in common? Answer: roundness.|
- For the best shadows, make it early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
- If you finish before the timer, reset and start another sketch. Don't fiddle.
- If the timer goes off before you're finished, stop. Go on to the next one.
- Look for variation in your line of objects. Don't assume they are all alike. Embrace the differences!
- Repetition with variation is the principle to keep in mind