So I have a landscape drawing challenge for you. Getting a challenge, getting a prompt is a really great way to motive to draw and I think that for me, I do this on my own drawing practice as well. I often give myself the challenge to do the series to do more than one drawing. To do maybe three drawings or maybe seven drawings. Or a drawing each day for a week that I'm on vacation. This idea of doing a series actually starts to build your creative habit and starts to make it a little more fluid and easier approach to drawing. So in terms of a landscape drawing challenge, one that I gave myself recently, was to get outside and do a lot of really small quick sketches. Maybe just carry my sketching things with me everywhere I go. So that if I have an extra 10 minutes and I can sit down and do a quick sketch, it's super easy to make that happen. So, a couple of examples of these. So I've been doing these sketches where I'll do one in pen and to dissolve it with water like we did with that ...
water-soluble graphite earlier. And then maybe I'll do a linear version. I'll do some journaling on it which really helps me center. And sometimes I'll even write a Haiku that's inspired by the place. You can manage this any way you want. If you just want to go out and do a simple pencil sketch. keep 'em in a little sketch book like this that you can put in your bag. That's a really, really great way to work it. You can even do it from your office window, right? You can, you don't even have to go I mean it's great to get outside but if it's easier for you sometimes just to do it from an interior looking out you can absolutely work with that. So some of these sketches I did. Look at how small they are. They're little thumbnails. They took me no longer than three or four minutes to do. I paired color settings with them on occasion. I'm not really making a whole lot of rules for myself. I'm just trying to have fun with it. Which is really the key, because if you're not having fun drawing, then you're not gonna keep coming back to it. So you gotta keep it loose, keep it reactive, and keep your curiosity. Like, you go somewhere you find something beautiful or inspiring, like have some curiosity about that and why are you inspired by it and what's motivating you to draw. So we'd love to see your drawings. We'd love it if you uploaded drawings to our student gallery. We really want to support you in your creative habit.
Join instructor and professional painter, Amy Wynne, as she teaches this introduction to drawing the landscape. She’ll share how to use a fountain pen, brushes, water, a pencil and a viewfinder to go out and capture the space and environment around you.
In this class, Amy will cover:
- Surveying the landscape: seascapes, countryside, and industrial
- Composition: nature sketching as a sensory diary
- Using a viewfinder
- Choosing your sky to land ratio
- Achieving depth in your drawings
- Establishing atmosphere and shadows
Amy will end the course with a series of drawing challenges to get you outside and drawing more every day! She’ll challenge you to draw the view from your car dashboard or your window at different times of day, keeping drawings in a field sketch journal.
Amy has been teaching painting and drawing for over 20 years at colleges across New England including the Rhode Island School of Design.