Here are some sketches and paintings I’ve done lately with the Meet Up group “Art Among Us”. The figure drawing ones were done at Newark Art Alliance (10, 10, 20min poses).
Author Archives: Luis E. Aparicio
This morning we attended a re-enactment of the Battle of Brandywine at Sandy Hollow Park in Pennsylvania. Participants had fantastic costumes and were very much into their characters. It certainly was a very interesting outing.
Here’s an image of a quick watercolor still life I did a few days ago. I’m really enjoying sketching directly with the paintbrush. I think it’s the best approach to painting free, loose and expressive.
Some time ago I had stopped sketching because I wasn’t doing perfect. Architecture school trains you to be a hybrid between technical and creative. I’d spend 90 minutes sketching something, it wasn’t perfect, I’d get frustrated and stop for months. This was the norm until a friend made me realize that it is just a piece of paper, we are not dealing with anything more than that. I haven’t stopped sketching since.
Over the years I’ve heard countless stories of people that don’t want to ruin their sketchbook. I also know of a very select few whose sketchbooks just need an ISBN. We can’t judge ourselves against these few. I wouldn’t have ever touched a basketball if I’d compared myself to Magic Johnson.
There was a workshop at a USK seminar that dealt with the fear of the blank page. I couldn’t attend to it, but I remember that participants were to get the pages dirty, footprints, smudges, paint beforehand, to avoid dealing with the neatness of the white page.
I have never got to that extreme, but I certainly sketch very dirty. In my everyday sketchbook I draw with HB, 3B and 5B pencils, so you can imagine how smudged pages can get. And I don’t carry erasers, so every line is there to stay.
I must admit that, even as a veteran of a thousand battles, I can’t get to use the first page. Don’t know why, it just feels weird.
Lately I’ve been only drawing on the left side pages. Being a leftie, I’ve always hated drawing across the spine. It is even worse with the wire bound sketchbooks I’m currently using. Or sometimes I start from the back pages. Anyway the other page gets so smudged that I don’t use it. So, it’s my sketchbook and it’s one of the few things in my life with which I can do whatever I want.
Having lived all my life in Puerto Rico, snow is definitely a novelty for me. Today I experienced my first snowfall, so couldn’t resist the urge to sketch. I need to get waterproof pants though; sketching while standing is not for me. This is in Market Street, Downtown Wilmington, DE.
Lately I haven’t sketched outside much and I had been feeling getting tighter; I can’t afford to lose the spontaneity in my sketches. A few days ago I decided to do a quick Virtual Paintout, as they were during the month of November in Iceland. I grabbed a few random markers from my box and loosely did this, always with the broad tip. I need to get back on markers more often, as I enjoy them too much.
From today on I’ll try to post a daily quick sketch done at lunch break. This one is of Corner Bakery Cafe, Philadelphia.
Sharing some of my latest sketches and caricatures:
This is City Hall, Philadelphia, done at lunchtime with Sharpie.