Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sketching sites

Today I would like to share some links to my favorite sketch places I hop over to now and again (online)
There are several groups and pages I read and that inspire me and thought I would share with you all.
Most people I know in real life (not online) draw, sketch and paint but I am always so surprised to discover how many do NOT visit online places.
Maybe that is why they are filling up more sketchbooks then me! Ha. but I need to see the visual diaries as inspirational launching pads... I am not really a true sketch artist. 
I rarely sketch other than doodling.. I love doodling and do this quite a bit and everywhere! 
I can be such a perfectionist that I allow my feelings to get in the way of just having fun and sketching.
Observational drawing is so important to artists as we have to STOP and really take it all in... live in the experience of it. It gives us the chance to capture the moment, noticing shapes, patterns and light...all things that we tend to overlook when photographing or taking notes on the place alone... sketches include all of it as well as an artist's interpretation... which sometimes varies from person to person thus making it unique artwork.

Urban Sketchers is an International community of artists that value the art of drawing on location. They specialize in forming groups and gatherings and sharing parts of the world through sketches. What started as a fun Flikr group to share art has become a Global grass roots organization that serves worldwide. In addition, they hold workshops, conferences, local groups and meet ups and have also published a book.
If you love to sketch, or even just love to travel... this is a wonderful blog to peruse... I bet you spend quite a bit of time getting lost here! 

Sketching In Nature  is one of my favorite places to start when I am trying to get inspiration to build a next series of drawings or paintings. I am tied to Nature and all she has to teach us as human beings and this blog includes unique takes on what can sometimes become ordinary or blah subject matter. I love the little lessons on the objects and landscapes as they sketch too... shows a true appreciation for Nature and all her beauty. This blog has also linked several other artists that contribute and links to other interesting sketch sites as well as Nature conservancy information and relevant places to visit.
They have also published several books.

Sketchbook Project  This is a site I found through a Urban Sketcher that I admire, Alisa Duke  who is a well rounded participant on many of the drawing challenges that post online. Her drawings are wonderful and the Sketchbook Project is like a musical concert tour but for sketchbooks and I love the idea of seeing the places and subjects people have documented in these books!

Finally, I had to include the infamous The Sketchbook Challenge The hosts of this blog are my favorite artists. From mixed media mavens to watercolor women and everything in the art genre and in between... these artists have a wealth of experience and inspiration and I always spend waaaayyy too much time browsing all that they have to offer...

Hope you all have fun checking these places out and that it inspires you to draw or doodle and if you would like to share... please do.. leave me a comment I always like to see who is stopping by.

Soon I will be back with a big artsy giveaway so check back soon!
Tropical flowers, ink and pencil on watercolor paper, kim faucher

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