Sketching live (a break from the Alphabeth)

I sketched this at a performance in Alameda last Friday. I worked in pencil & a Staedtler "F" black ink sketching pen while the musicians performed. It was challenging -- one thing is that musicians tend to hold a pose or return to a similar pose often. I still had to be pretty quick; trying to express the gestures of their hands is tough! My figure drawing has improved with practice. Here are a couple of great references for sketching everyday scenes from your life: "Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook" by Brenda Swenson, and two Urban Sketching handbooks, by Gabriel Campanario -- there's one on architecture/cityscapes, and another on figurative sketching. If you are a fellow sketcher, let me know what you're up to! I'll be sharing more links of artists that I follow.

I sketched this at a concert in Alameda last Fri., drawing with pencil & a Staedtler “F” black ink pen during the performance. The sketchbook is about 9 x 11″.  It was challenging — one thing is that musicians tend to hold a pose or return to a similar pose often. I still had to be pretty quick; trying to express the gestures of their hands is tough! I added watercolor at home, later. My figure drawing has improved with practice. Here are a couple of great references for sketching everyday scenes from your life: “Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook” by Brenda Swenson, and two Urban Sketching handbooks, by Gabriel Campanario — there’s one on architecture/cityscapes, and another on figurative sketching. If you are a fellow sketcher, let me know what you’re up to! I’ll be sharing more links of artists that I follow.

 

After the Alameda Community Band performed, this swing band got into it - replete with holiday hats.

After the Alameda Community Band performed, this band played – replete with festive hats. They did holiday tunes with swing arrangements.

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About Beth Bourland

Artist Beth Bourland's sketch journal about observing, appreciating and responding to everyday moments.
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One Response to Sketching live (a break from the Alphabeth)

  1. rosjenke says:

    These are great sketches. Another book I found useful is Lynne Chapman’s Sketching People.

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