Selected for Strokes of Genius 4!

Last March I posted my experience sketching with Prof. Tom Leytham from Norwich University and his class.  I credit Tom for helping me loosen up as well as making the sketching process much more enjoyable.  I finally understood that the important thing about a sketch is that it is a personal interpretation of the energy of a subject, be it a space, building or object.

While sketching at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan, Tom asked me to try his beloved Sailor brush pen.  I wasn’t used to sketching with ink, much less a brush pen.  The tip is soft, so I had to adjust my regular stroke; also, there are no intermediate values, so it’s either black or white.

It was just past noon, the Caribbean sun hitting on us hard.  I remember being dead tired, the glare of the sun bouncing on the floor of the main plaza almost blinded me, so that’s what caught my attention.  I then attempted to capture the energy of the space as I was experiencing it.

It was a sketch that took me less than a minute, so it was quick, bold and simple.  It had none of the bindings of my previously tight drawings.  I just fell in love with that sketch and has become my favorite.

Some time later I received an invitation to take part in the Strokes of Genius 4 competition, for a chance of being featured in an upcoming book.  I was about to discard the email, but the theme of this edition caught my attention: Exploring Line.  I remembered the joy I felt doing that sketch, representing shadows with a line and even the lines that weren’t there but anyway you could see.

Was that sketch good enough for a publication?  After all, the invitation was calling “from quick contour sketches to carefully rendered drawings”.  Still a little hesitant, I submitted my sketch.

Today, three months later, I received a notification that the winners were selected.   I clicked the link and, third on the list: Aparicio, Luis E.

Yay! I still feel goosebumps while typing this.  I was one of the 112 artists chosen from 1650 entries.  I don’t know how rigorous the judges were, but at least, being selected for a “Strokes of Genius” publication sounds awesome.

Thanks Tom, for lending me your pen…

10 thoughts on “Selected for Strokes of Genius 4!

  1. ¡Muchas felicidades, Pinocho Brein Urbano! Me siento muy orgullosa de que un Brein Urbano sea miembro de la Familia Madera Del Valle. Me encantan tus bocetos. Abrazos. Cariños de Amapola Del Valle.

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