Go for a walk in your local park or somewhere you normally walk. Find a view that you like or familiar with use your viewfinder to help you focus on a point of interest. Make four sketches. The drawing will be rapid and you may make mistakes – but don’t rub anything out. … Fast drawing helps you to concentrate and to see better.
We live a few minutes from a nature reserve called Doffcocker Lodge. Near the top there in a course-way between the main lodge and a small one. I chose to draw one end of this course-way. The illustration shows four views of a caravan so I decided I needed a centre point – the waste bin. This helps the four sketches to link together. Each took about 20 minutes to draw with a fine line pen.
This was drawn facing approximately north-west from a bank.
This was drawn near the path, facing approximately west. Through the waste bin itself I could see the reeds at the side of the top lodge. It was a little tricky showing that these were reeds and not hatching or shading. There was puddle on the path which I showed by drawing reflections of some of the reeds.
This was drawn from the top of another bank looking approximately north-east.
This final sketch was drawn from the course-way itself looking approximately south.