Over the last three to four months, I've followed a creative desire of mine to learn how to draw. I've been attending "Travel Sketching" classes at Erin Hill Studio in Manly, NSW, Australia. The technique that she and her tutors teach us is to get it down fast on paper. Loose sketches, creating impressions of what you see, and applying a bit of colour if you get time. We work fast, but are not rushed. Each week we would complete between 3 and 5 sketches in a short space of time. In my final class I produced 10 sketches from an outing in The Rocks, NSW.
I have learnt a great deal from these talented tutors and fellow students, and while my own style is quite "tight" and "detailed" compared to Erin's and others, I've come to understand that each person will develop their own style, and that is perfectly ok. As an obsessive perfectionist and trained pastry chef, I can't help but be precise, methodical and detail-driven in everything I do. But I have learnt to sketch quickly and I've become more comfortable with not everything being "perfect".
After 14 weeks of classes, I'm actually quite proud of how far I've come. I've been posting some of my sketches on Instagram @klauhammond as the weeks have gone by, but I thought it would be interesting to show a comparison of then and now.
The first two sketches I produced in class, of a vase of hibiscuses, and a house on George St. There's also the first people sketch I did in class 2 weeks later.
Three sketches from my last day of class.
Unfortunately due to other commitments I won't be able to continue classes next year. But I hope to continue sketching outside of class with this new found freedom.