Sketching at the cemetery

 

April 13 was the 39th sketchcrawl, and the nearest posted event was in San Francisco. I didn’t feel like going to an event that I knew little about, with hours of driving on top of that. I was determined to go out and sketch on site (as opposed to drawing from photos). My art instructor suggested drawing statues to practice figure drawing. Since there are several statues surrounded by gorgeous foliage and flowers at the Old City cemetery, I decided this would be a great location to sketch.

I packed up my stuff, which would not have worked for SF at all. My bag was way too heavy, and I forgot sunscreen. I’m so glad my first urban sketching experience was not too far from the car. I’m sure there will be more trial and error, but I feel a lot more confident about my packing list for the next trip.

There were so many community service workers at the cemetery, it was a bit of a challenge to find a spot where I wouldn’t be in the way of a weed whacker or someone raking. I finally found a spot and started sketching. I spent about 1.5 hours before I realized my foot was probably getting sunburned. At that point, the sketch just needed some final touches, so I packed up and headed home.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had time this week for my drawing lessons or sketches. I’m setting aside time tomorrow night to try and get caught up on my lessons.

My friend Wednesday shared my sketch on the cemetery’s Facebook page and 37 people liked it, which is pretty fun! And encouraging to create more. I now have quite a list of things I’m planning on drawing, I just need to make time to do it!

 

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