Some people have been asking how my “sketch-a-day” practice has been going. I’m happy to report that I’m starting to be more comfortable with the eye-hand connection – e.g., what does this line look like? how far does it go? where are the shadows? how should I add shading to the drawing?
An artist-friend of mine, Elizabeth Guizzetti, who is a successful SF writer AND an illustrator (see more of her work here), saw that I was doing these sketches at one of our meetup.com co-writing sessions. Besides wholeheartedly endorsing my efforts to learn to draw, she made two suggestions: 1) try inking over my pencil lines, and 2) add shading or coloring-in. – Not to make the drawings look better, but to reinforce the learning I was doing about line and space. She was right!
On the first day of the class at my writing conference last week, we drew a map of a childhood home, and we used that map to begin an essay on how to write about childhood. Our instructor, Professor Sayantani Dasgupta, an accomplished nonfiction and fiction writer, and teacher (more about her here), wanted us to learn how drawing could enrich our writing practice. The “map of a childhood home” exercise dovetailed nicely with my practice of sketching from a photograph. Now that I’m home, I’m going to look for other ways to extend my writing practices to include drawing. How about you? What do you do that goes beyond your “medium” – whether it be writing, photography, textile arts, etc.?