Walking the streets of Riga
While in Riga I managed to join the Urban Sketching Summer School, however, only during one evening. It was great to finally meet Rudy Murdock from Indonesia, who was one of the mentors.
It was nice to see all the different styles that people use when sketching and it was fun to try new instruments as well – Rudy brought some sticks from Indonesia to use with the ink.
I really enjoyed those – they are carved unevenly and therefore they give different thickness to the line and thus while using them there is always room for some happy and funny accidents on paper. It was very inspiring also to see the real ink on paper. Although most of the time I use close to fountain pen with ink, but there is no substitute to real ink! I loved it and I think I’ll be using it more! Time to go to the woods and find some oak sticks!
Sketching has always been my personal challenge – how to draw something in a very short period of time, how to let go of the strive for perfectionism… After my #100daysofcelebratingtime attempt at participating in #the100dayproject I was happy to see that there is something of the sort during the month of October – hence the name Inktober.
The original idea was also providing different prompts for each day – that easily became too much for me, but just the fact of sketching in ink was very appealing. I did not manage to sketch something everyday, but I’m getting better at it. Here are my sketches for the inktober 2016.