Over the weekend I visited my best friend in Hamburg and we went around the city looking for good places to draw. We had a lot of fun trying new art styles and messing with colours.
Which one do you like most? 🙂
Urban Sketching is a movement to capture cities without a camera, to interpret them in art immediately, to feel the spirit of cities in a different way than behind a lens. I was in Lübeck last week on holidays and drew a lot. Sitting on park benches, standing with my back against a wall, sitting on the pavement, painting. First, it was only painting what I saw.
The view out of our flat…
Those tiny little paths that are far away from the many tourists also visiting the city… They were so calm and it felt like time was stopping for a while as I put their colours into my sketchbook.
While having lunch…
And simply standing on the side of a street, sketching.
It was a wonderful experience and I began to notice spots where I could draw and paint. A good friend and fellow artist also visited because he does not live far away so we spent the day painting together. People came up to us to ask if we were art students. When our next exhibition was. It was great to feel we could be studying art, at least for a while…
My style changed a bit. It went from simply depicting what I saw to interpreting. We had done that a lot in art class in the final two years of school. Talked about expressionism. One day, we visited an art museum in Lübeck where a Feininger painting was exhibited and I just love his work so much. I could have spent hours looking at this painting. Inspired by his work, I tried something different.
Those are little studies that I will probably put on a larger canvas some day. I really want to get back into painting – I have missed it a lot!
This is my equipment: A square sketchbook, a faber-castell ink pen, a pentel waterbrush and my lovely little winsor and newton watercolours.
First, I sketch the lines with pencil and so that I can erase what I don’t really like or am unsure about. Then I’ll redraw them with black ink and fill the drawing with colour. Finally, I thicken the black lines to improve the composition a bit. My paintings are not really accurate and detailed so they don’t take so much time. Normally about half an hour.
This was my little urban sketching trip to Lübeck and I enjoyed it so much. Trying new things, looking at a city not from a camera but from an art perspective. It makes you calmer, really. A special form of meditation in a city that is often buzzing with tourists. The need to escape sends you to thoses little paths and streets that show the real face of Lübeck: A Hanseatic city breathing history, trying to balance ancient and modern.
In this first year of studying Environmental and Resource Management I have learned a lot. I have realised a lot. People from all over the world helped me to broaden my perspective, think critically. Books changed me, so did films, so did conversations. I love art and I will keep creating. However, you might have seen that I didn’t write any texts for my pictures anymore. I didn’t have anything to say, to add.
I love writing, though. I love telling stories and illustrating them. I love how pictures and sentences can change and inspire people and give them hope. I will not delete my older posts because they are a part of me, a part of my story. What I want is to enhance the blog. Give it some context, some stories, some discussions. I want to write and share thoughts with you, I would like you to engage with the content.
Here is how it will work: I will make a post every week on Friday. This will be a text combined with photographs or sketches or illustrations. If you have any wishes on what you would like me to write about, please tell me! 🙂 I would love to read and learn from you! Furthermore, I will have a little portfolio which you can have a look at in the menu. If you like to see works in progress or little doodles along the way, you can visit my instagram, where I will be sharing all of those. The Festival of Leaves will also continue this autumn and I am so excited for it!!
See you next week
On the weekend I visited the hometown of a friend which I have not been to in 10 years. My memory was faded and it was so great to see it again, explore all the places, look at all these beautiful old houses.
Also, we always sit on her balcony now to draw together. That’s the second sketch.
Summer is the best time to get back into urban sketching. It’s such a lovely thing, although quite difficult. I love the idea behind it- sitting and drawing from the landscape. Immediately. No pictures, just capturing a moment. A bit like impressionism I guess. A few minutes to enjoy the beauty of a place until world and time move on.
People on benches in the city, on the ground, standing somewhere painting, sketching, scribbling. That’s Urban Sketching. It’s a huge community from all over the world with people who love art and who hate to sit in front of photos. They want to capture the world the way it is. Me too. So I bought a tiny little sketchbook and startet.
The first sketch I made in the lunch break of my internship. I was sitting near the river (It’s the ‘Spree’ in Berlin) and painted. The people were looking very… puzzled 😀
The tools I use for sketching are a – (now!!) waterproof – fineliner and some watercolour pencils. The water for these sketches you get from the lakes or fountains you draw 😀
Hope you get a read in the world of Urban Sketching…
(Oh, and I planned to make some commission painting, if you want me to draw something for you, have a look on my commission page. http://wp.me/P397E8-4nr)