Always have a drawing tool and a sketchbook handy. Take short, no longer than five minute, breaks to do a very quick line drawing of something you are working with. Close the sketchbook and return to your task.
Later in the day or evening, relax with a glass of something … tea, coffee, kale shake or wine … return to your quick sketches of the day and turn one or more of them into a value sketch using markers, watercolor, gouache or ink.
Now on to Part Three:
Choose one or more of your daily line drawings and without fuss or over-thinking about color or value, apply color to your drawing. Since your subject is long gone, you will be looking at your drawing to guide you rather than the objects you have drawn. Don’t worry about light and proper rendering of form. This is about getting comfortable with your tools and getting comfortable with what you might feel is “making mistakes”. This is also about analyzing your quick drawings and paintings to discover unexpected elements you like and those you dislike. You will find you begin to look more carefully even when you are sketching and painting quickly.
Drawn first with fountain pen followed (later) with watercolor. Note that the shadows of the cookie tins are similar in value to the table rather than a darker value as they would be in reality. The shadows define themselves by the change in hue rather than the change in value. Had I painted them a darker value, the shadows would have linked the shape of the outer edge to the rims of the tins. It would have been a very different composition, neither better nor worse….. just different. Experiment! That’s what sketchbooks are for ….
Please feel free to comment on your experience and to ask questions. Most of all, I want you to enjoy the journey.