Shoot it, Sketch it: Left

drawing jandal texture grass ink graphite landscape
Left – mixed media, 170 x 235 mm, 2013.
Left, original photo, 2013.
Left, original photo, 2013.

I spotted this abandoned accessory on a riverbank and thought it would be a good subject for Shoot it, Sketch it. The quality of the photo isn’t great (it’s another camera-phone photo) but it’s more than good enough for sketching purposes. After all, to quote photographer Chase Jarvis, the best camera is the one you have with you.

I was inspired to take the photo because the artificial pink and white looked wonderfully eccentric against the natural green. The black/white/pink image is the one I set out to create — and I’m very happy with it — but I also really like the emphasis on texture in the ink and graphite image (shown below, before I added the colour in Photoshop). And now, becuase I don’t know which one I prefer, I’ve posted both.

Left – mixed media, 170 x 235 mm, 2013.
Left – mixed media, 170 x 235 mm, 2013.

A few others taking part in Shoot it, Sketch it are Clouds of ColourThe Little LeafLunch SketchPoppytumpTwo ScampsBaaps and 30 Minute Art.

21 thoughts on “Shoot it, Sketch it: Left

    1. How? Lots of patience over quite a few hours : ) What did I use? Staedtler pigment liners (0.1, 0.3) for the linework and graphite for the shading. The pink was added in Photoshop because I didn’t want to colour the original drawing. Lots of fun.

  1. I’m a little embarrassed to ask, but, in the original photo, what is it? Once you tell me, it’ll be perfectly obvious, but, for now, I think it must be a deformed Easter Egg. What am I missing and/or misunderstanding?

  2. Don’t you wonder where the other thong is? I once saw a tree called “The thong tree” by a river that all the lost thongs nailed to it. Your sketch is so detailed it must have taken hours!

    1. Yes, I do wonder! Surely you would notice a sort of scratchy feeling under one foot and be tempted to look down : )

      My best guess is that it took me about six hours (not all at one go, I might add… but over several days).

  3. Like all those lost flip flops that turn up with the tide … never ever a pair !
    Maybe there is a FlipFlop Reef somewhere that can be seen from outerspace :-O
    Clever to add the colour only in Photoshop Anna … as you say you can keep the original in tact .

  4. Really fun to watch the shot being transformed into a great sketch. Well done! (I also like the ‘best camera is the one you have with you’ quote, as it happens to me too. My next smartphone, if ever, will be selected with ALSO the camera in mind)

  5. This is really cool! I am currently studying graphic design only in my second year so I still have so much to learn! I enjoy sketching and photography too, I love your work 🙂

    1. Thanks : ) I finished my graphic design diploma last year. I considered staying on to do the full degree but decided instead to throw myself into the art/design world and carry on learning (self-directed) from home. I hope you enjoy your course. I look forward to seeing what you get up to (I’m now a follower)!

      1. Thanks so much 🙂 I think throwing yourself in and learning yourself is one of the best ways! Still figuring out the wonderful world of blogging lol

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