I've been painting again

Many Thanks, Drawing in the open sharpens your skills.

I prefer pencils for sketching outdoors compared to ink or watercolour as it suits my style better.
I bet it sharpens the skills, especially if you're sketching someplace you don't intend to go back to in the near future, or it's some kind of special one-off event.

Will admit, outdoor sketching is not my forte, as I don't have a good eye for landscapes. :blush: So I take my hat off to anyone who can do it well. :notworthy:
 

Salar

A fish out of water
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Gorllewin Cymru
I bet it sharpens the skills, especially if you're sketching someplace you don't intend to go back to in the near future, or it's some kind of special one-off event.
I'm fortunate where I live, plenty of rural subject matter, sea and countryside.

When the weather gets better, probably spring I've a bit of a hike planned up some local hills / mountains to sketch up derelict quarry and mine workings. I'll take the dog for company.

My work sometimes takes me out surveying so I'm used to standing in a street with a pad.

I once had to survey a listed five storey Victorian building, right bang in the centre of a busy city at midday.

The only place I could stand to sketch and photograph was on the opposite side of the road right next to a pedestrian crossing outside of Wetherspoons, with umpteen people crossing the road, some under the influence.

I was there for at least 40 minutes and not one person asked or looked at what I was up to. (I didn't really need to sketch in such detail, but it was a good excuse)

Most people these days are wrapped up in their own worlds and just leave you alone.
 
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I'm fortunate where I live, plenty of rural subject matter, sea and countryside.

When the weather gets better, probably spring I've a bit of a hike planned up some local hills / mountains to sketch up derelict mine workings. I'll take the dog for company.

My work sometimes takes me out surveying so I'm used to standing in a street with a pad.

I once had to survey a listed five storey Victorian building, right bang in the centre of a busy city at midday.

The only place I could stand to sketch and photograph was on the opposite side of the road right next to a pedestrian crossing outside of Wetherspoons, with umpteen people crossing the road, some under the influence.

I was there for at least 40 minutes and not one person asked or looked at what I was up to. (I didn't really need to sketch in such detail, but it was a good excuse)

Most people these days are wrapped up in their own worlds and just leave you alone.
Guess it's what you're used to, really. :blush: And one's choice of subject matter.

I've always found the opposite - that people come up and bother me when I do sketch outdoors, ergo I don't tend to, because I hate being bothered. I'm very shy and self-conscious, so am far more comfortable working indoors from photos.

Think it's as much about being in the right "head space" as it is about being able to put what you see onto paper.
 
:-). Well I think we’ll just gloss over that one....
Don't try and draw it out... :whistle:
 

Salar

A fish out of water
Location
Gorllewin Cymru
I've always found the opposite - that people come up and bother me when I do sketch outdoors, ergo I don't tend to, because I hate being bothered. I'm very shy and self-conscious, so am far more comfortable working indoors from photos.
I'm no extrovert and it does take a bit of a push of self confidence to do it :blush: . But I find once I get going I get lost in the drawing.

Strangely, I feel more self-conscious when I'm using a camera.
 
Did this one before Christmas, but only just got round to putting it on the flatbed scanner. My tribute to Russell Brookes, who we sadly lost late last year. Russell was a contemporary of drivers like Henri Toivonen, Ari Vatanen and Jimmy McRae, as well as Malcolm Wilson and Gwyndaf Evans but to name a few. So, Russell Brookes / Paul White, 1979 RAC Rally, Ford Escort RS1800. Coloured pencil on Daler Murano pastel paper, 11 x 8 inches.

brookes_1979_rac_03.jpg


For you car nerds, the '79 RAC was the last hurrah for the Boreham-based works Ford team - in '80 and '81, the cars were prepared by Dave Sutton.
 
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