Have you ever looked at someone’s artwork and said, “I’d love to do that, but I don’t have the time!” Well, how would you like to find the time to get creative? All you need: a stopwatch that lets you measure 10-minute blocks (I used my Fitbit Timer). Any un-lined notebook (my cute one is a $3.50 sketchpad from a Japan Dollar Store). A pencil, eraser, water and fade proof pen, and a cup of coffee (optional – not!).
I sneaked in some drawing today while waiting for my bus from the city (I had to pick up my passport from the Consulate of Japan – see mini adventure here). It was a sunny day, so I bought myself a cup of coffee, sat outdoors, and looked at the scene in front of me. I was facing the Ferry Building and a busy intersection of people. It was the perfect spot.
Here’s what I did:
1. Set Timer to 10 minutes.
2. Draw what you see. Quickly. Don’t think too much.
3. Don’t stop sketching until your timer goes off.
Yes, some people will look at you, and whisper. But if you’re too self-conscious about them looking, that only means one thing: you’re not sketching! So forget what other people will think (isn’t that what art is all about?) and get busy. Chances are your timer will buzz, and you will need another 10-minute block to finish. If you have time (like I did), go for it.
In 20 minutes, I had a rough skech of the Ferry Building and six characters in pencil. I also managed to ink in the people and the outline of the structure in that amount of time. On the bus, I added details on the people and the building with my uniPin fine line (0.5). Oh, and I did take a photo of the intersection so I could refer to it later on – does that count as cheating?
I call this drawing “People I will never get to meet” – that lady with the scruffy, stylish chignon, sunnies and bulky scarf. Mr. “I’m A Little Awkward in My Suit but Hey My Long Hair is Cool”. The beanie boy with earphones lost in his world of music (Beyonce? Not!). The bandana-d construction worker in the high-viz jacket. That long-haired teenage girl wearing a head-to-toe black-and-white ensemble (my stepdaughter would’ve loved her look). And that elderly man who slowly walked past me with his cane and lime-coloured golf beret.
Never again will we meet, but thank you for inspiring my sketch.