Let’s be clear, no one does their best work stagnating in an office all day.
Lovely as my studio is, sometimes I just need to get out and get inspired.
Saying that, there is a knack to it. One thing my first forays into sketching at museums and galleries taught me is that preparation is key.
So, here’s a few handy tips to help you make the most of sketching in the great outdoors:
DO expect people to look at what you’re doing.
People are nosy by nature, so feel confident in the work you’re making and thicken up that skin a bit!
DON’T you dare take a rubber.
Perfectionism is the #1 killer of creativity. Whenever I take rubbers with me I give up the second something looks a bit skewif. But sometimes that ugly duckling preliminary sketch can turn into a beautiful swan if you just give it time.
DO stock up on some travel essentials.
DON’T stick the earbuds in.
Soak up your environment – you can sketch to empowering Beyonce ballads any day of the week at home.
DO post your activity on social media (with a handy geotag!)
You never know where you favourite makers might be, so send out the invitation and get networking!
Let me know how you got on in the comments below