“σχέδιος – schedios”


A sketch a day

sketch (from the Greek word “σχέδιος – schedios“)  is a rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not usually intended as a finished work. A sketch may serve a number of purposes: it might record something that the artist sees, it might record or develop an idea for later use or it might be used as a quick way of graphically demonstrating an image, idea or principal. (Wikipedia)

A sketch a day keeps the doctor away…


“A sketch a day keeps the doctor away”. Not really an original title for my post it seems… I just googled it and I noticed more people are having the same idea, though here and there I saw the word ‘doctor’ replaced by ‘demons’ or ‘psychiatrist’ ..

Anyway I promised myself to make at least one sketch a day. These ‘doodles’ may become a good base for a future painting or sculpture. They also say sketching is good to prevent art block.

Sharing my sketches with you will be an extra motivation! Your comments are much appreciated!

Sketch 27/6

 

Sketch 28/6

The Act of Seeing By Drawing


 

“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”

At the cafe in Antwerp                                  At the cafe in Antwerp, 1978


 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

My Student Flat, 1978                            My Student Flat, 1978
Male Figure drawing, 1978               Male Figure drawing, 1978
Antoni, 2007                                               Antoni, 2007