Every year on the anniversary of the day I began sketching, I write a retrospective and usually introspective post on my personal blog about practice, process, learning and other aspects of drawing that I enjoy thinking and writing about.
A big part of my creative process has been everything I’ve learned specifically about sketching on location – all the ways in which it is more challenging but also more rewarding than working in a comfy studio. Today on my 12th anniversary, I present my learnings that every urban sketcher will be familiar with – Murphy’s Laws of Urban Sketching:
|Law No. 2: One more sketch before those clouds
bust open? Wrong again.
2. If you think you can squeeze in one more sketch before it starts raining, you will be wrong (at right).
3. The day you forget your sharpener will be the day you break a lead (below).
|Law No. 3: Saved by the mechanical pencil.
4. Ten minutes into your sketch, a large delivery truck will park in front of you for the next 30 minutes (below).
|Law No. 4: I was sketching those Chevys back there when this vendor unloaded her booth and all her merchandise from her car.
|Law No. 5: That beautiful golden-hour light lasted about 30 seconds.
|Law No. 6: He seemed to be writing in a journal, so I thought he'd stay around
a little longer.