Monday, August 11, 2014

A meta-sketching experience

How do you call a sketch of something that is already a drawing or a painting? A meta sketch?

If so, I did some meta-sketching for my latest column.

As you can see in my "trophy shot," above, the subject of my sketch was a pretty big painting: a "tromp l'oeil" mural that welcomes visitors to a classic cars dealership in the Seattle area. In my drawing, you can see owner Jeri Drager standing in front of the artwork. One of his cars, a 1948 Ford sedan, is parked at the other end of the 40-foot-long painting as if it was about to drive into the scene.

The experience of sketching the work of another artist, Edmonds-based muralist Andy Eccleshall in this case, gave me a little pause. It's something that happens to me every time my subject matter is a piece of art.

What if he doesn't like my sketch?

I know as artists we are supposed to do "our own thing" and not let the opinion of others affect our confidence. But it's hard to turn off that inside "what-will-people-think" voice in a case like this.

I could care less of what a random person thought about my sketch, but I certainly wanted the muralist —a fellow artist!— to be pleased.

Fortunately, he was. "Excellent drawing Gabriel! I love it!" Eccleshall wrote in an email Saturday morning.

You can see more of his outstanding work at


  1. Gosto do que vejo e penso ser uma boa idéia, fazer reviver nossos velhos blogs. Deixo também aqui o endereço do meu, caso queira visitar será sempre benvindo. Um grande abraço para você.

  2. Obrigado pelo comentario, Cesar. Vou a ver o teu blog agora mesmo. Abraço!

  3. Metasketching: an interesting concept! I've always thought that sketching one's sketching tools is metasketching. ;-) I find myself avoiding sketching artwork in museums for the reasons you mention: Are those long-dead artists rolling over in their graves?

    - Tina