June 23, 2012 Squaw Creek marker & ink sketch Posted In: Uncategorized


Here’s a 60-minute sketch sitting on the banks of Squaw Creek at Stuart Smith Park in Ames. One of the things I learned (or rather, was reminded of) at IMC is that if I’m having trouble with landscapes and “inventing” terrain (one of my weak points), then sit outside and practice drawing from nature. Pay attention to the perspective of ground planes, how water transitions to shore, rock patterns, all that stuff. So here’s the first of many.

Side note: Prismacolor and Copic have very different ideas about what “warm grey” looks like.


  1. JohnFB • June 24, 2012

    Hi John, it's good to hear from you. The picture looks good, I like the way you simplified the details.

    If I were to be picky I'd say that there's a triangle on the bottom center that takes up close to an exact 1/4 of the page. Reply

    • scatterbrain73 • June 25, 2012

      Hey John! Yeah, it's not the best composition; just doing some outdoor sketching. I should really keep my viewfinder with me in my backpack. Reply

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