Don’t Paint Exactly What You See
I know it is important when sketching, to take our time to really look at our scene before sketching it. So many times we can be tempted to dive right into the sketch without spending time really looking at it. One helpful tip I learned from John Muir Laws is to describe aloud the scene before you. The reason for this is to “cement the details” in our brain in order to make our sketch more accurate. However, I also think it is important to use artistic license when painting a scene. Let me give you a few examples:
When I was finished with my sketch, I walked over to my friend who was also sketching and looked at her sketch and was amazed. Her rendering was so much more interesting and beautiful because she used artistic license to enhance the colors in the scene. The next day, I repainted my sketch using colors that you see normally on a spring day. Here is the result–much better don’t you think.
And on the sketch below, I used my artistic license to remove the tree in front of the building. However, I could have done a better job of sketching this building–more looking first at the proportions.
So I would encourage you that while you should pay attention to detail when drawing the scene; don’t be afraid to use your artistic license and enhance the colors in the scene. You will be much happier with the results!