“Doctors-in-training who took art classes while in medical school appear to have better skills of observation than their colleagues who have never studied art, according to a research from Harvard Medical School”
Today I started looking through some old drawings and sketches and realise again the importance of sketching from observation daily. It’s the fundamental building block of the artist. Keeping a sketchbook is the best way to help my skills grow. I have several sketchbooks in different sizes and I always used to keep one in my bag when I went out. Like a photographer who takes his camera. I know it’s important to pick up this habit again. I’m planning to make at least one sketch a day. Actually anything can go into my sketchbook. Ideas and thoughts as well, not only visual impressions. I should not worry too much about getting things perfect as drawing and any type of art is about the experiments and the trial and error of working things out for yourself.
Artist Frederick Franck states that “the glaring contrast between seeing and looking at the world around us is immense; it is fateful. Everything in our society seems to conspire against our inborn human gift of seeing.” Learning to observe people, places, and activities in the world can make us better.