HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE WHEN STARTING TO SKETCH
With Ian Fennelly
Discover some of Ian Fennelly’s best sketching advice.
Finding confidence to start something new can be challenging, we’ve all felt that imposter syndrome when wanting to take on a new venture. Ian is here to help and talk you through urban sketching step by step. Here Ian shares some of his top tips for building confidence when you’re just starting out.
Start with a dot or a line!
“Every sketch starts off with a dot or a line, and then that sketch into a composition or a structure, a shape which then becomes coloured, and we add tone to it and before you know it, you’re adding all sorts of stories.”
THINK OF THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT
Us humans love to think of all the reasons why we shouldn’t do something, don’t we? It’s completely normal, but if you can, try and lower that inner voice and think of the reasons why you should instead!
Think about the other benefits of urban sketching, the joy of being on location, meeting other creative sketchers, connecting with a location and the overall pleasure that a creative process can bring to your wellbeing.
“My advice would be, to first of all have a go because you don’t know where it’s going to take you. Be bold, be brave. You won’t get anywhere unless you have a go. If you’re convincing yourself of all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it, you’re not going to get anywhere.”
Have fun making mistakes
“No one’s perfect, no one gets it right all the time. I get it wrong all the time and I’m really lucky because people don’t seem to notice but I’m always making mistakes.”
Don’t forget to keep us up to date with your sketching journey by using the hashtag #UrbanSketchCourse. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
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