For the past two-and-a-half months, I have been posting my drawings on my Instagram account. Many artists participate in Instagram’s media sharing community, due to the ease and speed with which images can be posted and seen using mobile devices. I’ve found Instagram to be a valuable way to enjoy other artists’ creations and to share my art projects.
A week ago, I started urban sketching. I drew my first urban sketch (above) and I had such a fun time that I just did it again!
What is urban sketching? It’s an artistic approach to engaging with the world around us. A global community of artists (sketchers) use drawings and storytelling to “See the World, One Drawing at a Time.” Urban sketchers agree to follow the spirit of the following manifesto:
- We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
- Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
- Our drawings are a record of time and place.
- We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
- We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
- We support each other and draw together.
- We share our drawings online.
- We show the world, one drawing at a time.
Now that hockey season is over, penguin pillow can finally put his scarf away for the summer.
NOTE: This paper and pencil drawing was scanned as a 600 dpi TIFF and then processed using Photoshop. The information in the tutorial “Quick Tip: Clean Up Your Traditional Drawings in Photoshop” was essential to achieve attractive Photoshop clean up results. In the past, I primarily used Levels to adjust the tonal range, but after trying this tutorial I found better results by using Curves (at least with this drawing).