Along Nebraska State Highway 2
The landscape along the Nebraska highways has a storybook quality. Attempting to capture the feeling of its open spaces with its somewhat rolling hills and textured fields is a great way to spend a day driving across this large state. I turned my small 5 X 8 inch sketchbook lengthwise and used pastel and brush marks to emphasize the many textures of the highway, fields and sky.
This is a pastel and gouache sketch on black paper.
I- 80 in Wyoming
I- 80 in Utah
I- 80 in Nevada
Although learning to accurately sketch is a long standing goal, composing pictures from what I see is an important goal too. Action sketching requires a kind of imaginative planning that I find difficult. Drawing real people who move about in a setting like the conference I just attended and drawing highway scenes as we move along the interstate force me into imaginative planning, since nothing holds still long enough for me to capture it exactly as it is. People shift positions or get up and move out of the room. Mountains, highways and clouds fly past in an instance. My job is to capture bits and pieces of what I see and put it together in a way that says something about the experience.
These three sketches show our progress today from the middle of Nevada to the middle of Wyoming. All are sketched in a sketchbook from the front seat of our camper. The Nevada sketch is on watercolor paper with watercolor and pencil, the Utah sketch is on black paper with gouache and pastel pencil, and the Nevada sketch is on watercolor paper with gouache.
As the Conference Ends
Well, the conference is over. This is a last sketch on an iPad of worn out participants from yesterday evening.
Presenting to the Group, version II
This is based on a black and white sketch I posted two days ago. I used two apps on my iPad, Procreate and Snapseed, to crop it and add color and texture. I notice that it adds more emotional value to the sketch.
The Body Language of Listening
Teacher and Learners
Teacher and Learners II
Today is the third day of the conference and basic pen drawings are all the sketching I can fit in. While I miss using color, I do enjoy just quickly jotting down what I see.
These three sketches today show the body language of people who are trying to make sense of complex ideas. The learners have static positions as though they are conserving energy for thinking. Many of their expressions have taken on the slack open expressions of people who are absorbing new concepts.
Teachers often seem to hold ideas in their hands and wave the ideas about as they metaphorically examine them from multiple viewpoints. I did not capture this in the second sketch but think I came close in the third.
I drew these on an iPad using Procreate and used Snapseed to add the frames around each sketch.
Presenting to the Group
Small Group Discussion
Today I used the app Procreate on my iPad to make sketches of the presenters and participants at my conference.
Looking to the Side
When I was a principal my days were packed and often the only sketching I could do were quick little drawings. I am reminded of this today as I am volunteering at a conference through the end of this week and all I had time for was this small sketch of two people who were standing near me at some point.