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Sketching as Fast as I Can

August 20, 2021

Page spread from a journal I bound using the 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico  Watercolor Paper.

I was watching “As Yet Untitled with Alan Davies,” and trying to keep all the angles and values in my mind before they moved off one guest to another, but sometimes came back again when they were in a different pose. Too much fun. I can see the individuals in there, but I’m sure their mothers would never recognize them.

    • Jenny K
    • August 20, 2021
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    Well, I’m not his mother, but surely that is Matt Lucas on the left? A couple of others look hauntingly familiar, but …

    Alan’s guests are often unfamiliar to me, and I haven’t watched all the programmes, so I might be trying to recognise people I’ve never seen. 🙂

      • Lorell+Girard
      • August 20, 2021
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      Roz, I love, love, love how you’ve laid out the page spread as you went along, and always enjoy this type of ‘drawing as fast as I can’ approach. I especially appreciate how freeing it is, as well as a reminder that I can (but don’t have to) share what we think appear to others as ‘messy’ pages, which really just serve ME and my journey in eye hand coordination. I’m still working on getting the eye and brain back on track (3 years now..and counting) from a car accident. You always remind me to do what you can to practice daily, then turn the page!! Love this spread, and thanks for sharing it!

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        Practice like this is the best thing to do while trying to get eye and brain back on track. I don’t recall what all happened with you, but I know that when I got conked on the head with a falling light fixture I had to re-train myself to draw, and I started the next day, regardless of how painful it was and I kept going. And I went out to lunch with a friend one day who had be struck in the head by a thief and she told me it took her 5 years for her brain to work itself back (with constant work at it). And a little over five years after my accident I found that the disconnect and issues I’d been facing had gone and I hadn’t thought about them, and the brain had retrained itself. It’s one of the great things about the brain that it can find and build new pathways, even after traumatic injuries. So I hope you take hope from that and keep working at your drawing daily as much as you can each day to keep rebuilding those pathways. Things aren’t going to be the same. You’re different, your brain is different, but there can be a new you and a new way to go forward. I miss the way I used to draw from childhood through 2010 everyday, but I’m grateful everyday for what my immediate action, and the encouraging words from my friend. And I’m grateful that I had all that time with my new brain before my eye surgeries. I know now that I will live with double vision the rest of my life, but because I went through the other experience I know that working at it can get me to a place, that while not comfortable, is ultimately satisfying in a fun way. Hang in there. And keeping a mess. As I tell my journaling students, if in every five pages I don’t make a complete mess I know I’m not pushing myself and trying.

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      It is Jenny, thank you for recognizing him. I couldn’t think of his name off the top of my head and the books are in storage (with my notes at the back of the books). I will have to look at episodes of that program with him in them and find out who those others are.

    • Lorell+Girard
    • August 20, 2021
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    I am loving this Roz! Both the speedy and repeated lines and the layouts across both pages! You remind me of several truisms about our sketchbook practices: 1) we share only if we want to; 2) we learn so much from [so called] messy pages; and 3) it’s about us, our journey and having fun! Really enjoyed seeing this post, as always! Thanks!

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      It’s always about the journey. Hang on to that.

    • Dana Burrell
    • August 20, 2021
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    I agree Jenny… 11:50 must certainly be Matt Lucas! I only know him as Nardole in Doctor Who but he’s memorable.

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      It is!!!

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