Nothing makes me want to get drawing more then watching this video of Stephen Wiltshire complete an 18 ft drawing of New York City based on a single twenty-minute helicopter ride. Seeing all those flowing confident marks build into an incredibly complex and accurate cityscape is hugely fascinating and inspiring.
Complex Drawings from Observation and Memory - The incredible Stephen Wiltshire
For some motivation and inspiration here are some ideas to keep you drawing:
1. Find the quietest place you can and draw there. See if your drawing can capture a sense of quiet.
2. Find a noisy or populated place and draw there. Can you drawing capture the chaos?
3. Draw something growing from a crack in the pavement, patio stone, or sidewalk.
4. Draw an animal. Do you have a pet? A bird feeder? Know someone with a fish? Complete 6 quick gesture drawings while you observe a majestic creature.
5. Draw your feet in the grass, sand, or mud.
6. Find a good shadow from a tree, car, person etc. and draw it.
7. Draw something with your non-dominant hand - your sink full of dishes, your mailbox, your shoe etc.
8. Draw the view from across the street from your house or work.
9. Find a work of art somewhere in town and sketch it. You could choose something from the art gallery, library, or find a mural, graffiti, or hand painted sign.
10. Find a sad looking tree and try to capture its posture. What makes it sad?
11. Find a small interesting stone at the beach. Maybe take it home and give it some dramatic lighting from a lamp before you draw.
12. Find a clothes line or a pile of laundry and do a 15 minute contour drawing.
13. Draw a vegetable
14. Draw a mushroom or bit of moss.
15. Draw the smallest flower you can find.
16. Have a friend sit for you so you can draw them. Return the favour.
17. Sit outside after dark and try to capture a scene in low light.
18. Draw your morning cup or coffee or tea. Spill some on your paper so you know it is real.
19. Draw a garden box or planter in town.
20. Draw a bridge.
21. Draw a Statue.
22. Draw a bug - detailed deceased or live gestural ... you decide.
23. Draw a messy place.
24. Draw a tidy place.
25. Draw an unmowed place, or the tallest grass you can find.
26. Draw a store front.
27. Draw an alleyway.
28. Draw some scaffolding, a ladder, or something runged.
29. Draw a boat - this could be a canoe, a sail boat, a rubber dingy, paper boat, any kind of floating vessel.
30. Draw a steeple or top of a building against the sky.
Check out the article in the Highland Heart Here
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