This week’s Creative Jumpstart involves two of my favorite things: drawing and hiking.
Nature is, well nature. The natural world is beautiful, both simple and complex, and many times magical.
My photography and most of my art are inspired by the natural world. For this creative jumpstart, I want you to find your own natural inspiration. Oh, and take a hike too!
So how do you draw a hike? It’s rather simple and you might be asking yourself why I’m writing about this. I’m reminding everyone this time of year is a great time to get outdoors and draw.
Sketch Your Hike Path
Hiking is not only excellent exercise but it’s one of the best ways to get in tune with nature.
Hiking is also a great opportunity to practice drawing shapes and lines. Find a nice rock to sit on and bust out your sketchbook.
Start with an H or HB pencil. Don’t press too hard with your lines. Sketch the lines of your path. Place the trees along the path.
Are there other rocks? What about the view?
I always look for the little details in the leaves and the plants. But don’t get caught up in making your drawing super detailed.
Remember your sketching. Shapes and lines. Maybe some negative space as well, but keep it simple. Don’t even look at your paper.
Let your hand go. Let your hand roam free with the pencil.
Now move from the H or HB to something darker. Maybe an F or even 2B. Darken the shadows you see. Make some other lines a little more pronounced. Remeber, just like photography, drawing is about lights and darks.
Your lines and shapes are about composition. Keep the essence of what you see in nature in your sketch.
Don’t look at your scketchbook. Just keep drawing. You’ll be impressed with yourself and how your mind translates what it sees into your sketches.
I want you to get some exercise while practicing your craft. So get outside and go for a hike but take a break and sketch. Take it all in and let your drawing make itself.
Get outside and enjoy what nature gave us. Go.