I’m sure a lot of us would love to sketch so much of what we see if only we had the time (or ability), but in reality we always have to make decisions about what we draw. I always find this interesting because these decisions often unconsciously define who we are, if only for that moment.
The other day I had a few minutes at the playground with the children. There were so many things I could have sketched; the playground equipment, the trees in the area, the houses and buildings, but instead I sat down and drew my shoe.
It’s hard to explain why I decided to draw this instead of all of the other options. I liked the challenge of the foreshortened view and often find my favourite sketches are the simple “everyday” things in life. Stuff in your bag, what you ate, your desk… These details can say such a lot about a person and maybe that’s why I find them so fun to do.
The next day I managed a little drawing of our county council building from yet another playground (see a common theme here?) I loved all those strange angles, though I got the proportions a little wrong I feel like it still reads well as a building.
And here are the trees and bushes to the right of the buildings. I love both natural and manmade landscapes, but still struggle to render them in a way that makes me happy.
How do you decide what to draw? Do you have a favourite subject that you keep coming back to? Do you think your choices reflect the kind of person you are?