Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Here's what I sketched today

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In the past, you loyal readers of this blog have been really helpful clearing things out for me, like whether the writing is as important as the drawings in a sketchblog, or how much do you care about color with sketches. Today I'm coming back with another question: how important is the timing of the sketches? Do you care that I drew this today? What about if it was a couple of days old?

I've been thinking that I should be posting things as I draw them, creating words that read more like a journal from one day to another. Otherwise the continuity gets lost. Well, I lose the continuity, it's not her fault.

With the sketch above I would then tell you that today was raining outside —what a novelty around here, ha?— the bus on the way home was half full... etcetera, etcetera. I'd try to make it more interesting though. I would add that during my morning commute I ran into this fellow from New Jersey that started talking to me about a million things, basketball, soccer... etcetera, etcetera.

So, tell me what you think: post as I draw versus posting things out of order. What would you like best?

20 comments:

  1. I like the details you give regarding your sketches. It brings them to life and I enjoy them even more knowing you drew it three days ago, on a sidewalk while it was raining. It completes the picture and puts me there. Great stuff.

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  2. Anonymous9:35 AM

    yes -- I DO want to hear about the new jersey guy!
    mjp

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  3. First time to leave a comment on your site. Just checking it out...you do some very nice work!

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  4. its nice to see daily sketches so on monday you where in Seattle sketching while rain was pouring down while I or someone else is coping with extreme heat, etc but also some sketches are so good that even if they're old is a shame not to post them so no simple soluction just keep sketching

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  5. Personaly I prefer the daily sketch with hand writing notes around or other kind of illustration.

    But you've also an option on USk to edit a different format.

    All your kind of sketchs are just fine. They're amazing in all sort of kind.

    Saludos

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  6. I personally like chatty posts with elements from a bloggers day-to-day life, but that doesn't mean I don't also appreciate posts consisting solely of art, and I don't think it's paramount that the post be done on the day. I also like posts with musings on process, subject choices and materials, but that's just me. :)

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  7. Anonymous2:01 PM

    Gabi,
    I enjoy your sketches and get a better sense of the context when you include your notes on the sketch and what you experienced while sketching. Frank

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  8. Some chat about events around the drawing are fine, but it's up to you whether you want to make this an online journal or scenes from your life without all the details.

    It doesn't matter to me if you post things from several days ago. Allowing yourself flexibility in your posts means less stress for attempting to fit some imagined rigid form.

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  9. I like continuity and a bit of comment. Have any of the riders realized they wind up as blog subjects? I'm sure people see you sketching others.

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  10. It's all fine, Gabi. if you tie yourself to one form of writing and sketching, pretty soon you might feel like a slave to the blog. Better to go with the mood of each particular day; if you don't have anything you want to post today, just pull something from the past and say a few words; otherwise just go with what you feel like doing today. Your sketches are always interesting and we always get a good sense of life in the Pacific Northwest through your scribbled notes and the captions. A while back you wrote that you were attracted to the idea of the sketch blog as a form of journalism, which is capturing a moment in a particular place at a particular time. I say keep it spontaneous, go with your daily mood and your creativity will stay fresh. Best of all, you'll avoid feeling that posting is a chore. I also enjoy seeing some of your illustrations from the paper. It's your perspective on the world that counts. My two cents' worth. Sorry to be so wordy. Cheers.

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  11. I just enjoy your work & thoughts... if you feel like posting the day you do it, brilliant, but I'm still going to enjoy it if it's a few days (weeks, months, years) out of date. Thanks for the great blog!

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  12. thanks for all the feedback folks, i think i want to aim for the 'post as i draw' approach, but i won't kick myself if i post old stuff as well

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  13. @japochine if any of my fellow bus riders has found their way to the blog and recognized themselves on a drawing they haven't said anything... i'm pretty discrete when I'm sketching, especially after someone who noticed got really mad at me once

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  14. I think you should do both! I like to hear about your everyday life, what's going on in your neck of the woods, but also subjects crop up, don't they, that can link to other older sketches.
    I was ill in bed last week and sketched from there, then looked up a few old drawings done in bed for my blog. And some thoughts on artists who struggled on through ill-health.
    You don't want it to feel like a chore having to produce every day, and I'm sure none of us wants you to feel that way either!

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  15. I don't care if it's out of order.
    Continuity Petooity.
    I want to know all the little details that go with the sketch, even if you did it last year and just found it again.
    Christy

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  16. I really enjoy your sketches and notes... don't really care if it's current or past work, it's all relevant! I post about previous work myself sometimes.
    Keep it spontaneous and do what feels right for you.

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  17. I love your sketches, I wish I had time to do more myself.Continuity doesn't bother me. When I used to keep a diary, the pressure of doing it daily took some of the pleasure away from it. As long as you write the notes to accompany the sketches, does it really matter that they are chronological?
    Please check out my blog to see some of my art.
    http://pinhead45.blogspot.com/

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  18. I'd like to see things in the order you drew them, but don't let that stop you if it's a few days old or even a few months old. The important thing is that they are seen :)

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  19. I don't care one single bit when you post your sketches! You don't have to punch a time clock! Your work and your blog have a narrative coherence all their own because they're your creations---the details of posting are, to me, completely beside the point.
    Have a wonderful time where you're going---can't wait to see what you do, whenever you decide to post them ;D.

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  20. I really like what Laurelines said and what Renato Zane said. I didn't read every comment but theirs stood out. Your blog is amazing, your sketches fantastic, and your commentary interesting. I think like Zane that you should do what you feel like doing and not make it a chore; and I think too that I will save his comment and take his advice for myself!

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