After five years and over 160 drawings I filled my first pocket sized sketchbook this year, and started another. I suspect this one might take even longer to fill but hopefully the quality will be higher now I’ve had some practice. It is pleasing to see the improvement since the early simple line drawings.
My last drawing to finish the sketchbook was of the back of a hut in Glenorchy, not the best but there was a sense of accomplishment and heaps of memories attached to the book.
My new sketchbook is slightly larger than A6 size. I had plenty of time to start it while off the grid walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. After a couple of average building and landscape sketches I took to filling the whole page.
I’m much happier with the two sketches I did this way of a campsite and porter walking the track.
I didn’t have time to sketch while walking the Haute Route, but afterwards I caught up. I’ve tended to avoid landscapes in the past but am slowly getting an idea about how to represent them in pen.
The same with animals, I was pretty please with this Ibex.
Travelling from Delhi to Ladakh, at the top of India, gave me time and inspiration for sketching. I tend to do them when there are few other distractions, so generally during downtime when travelling, after I’ve finishing seeing and photographing everything of interest around.
I’m particularly pleased with the two from Chernobyl, showing the decaying interior of a school and gym.
Spending a month completely off the grid in Bhutan, walking the Snowman Trek, gave me plenty of time for sketching, though it could be a challenge to find things to draw beyond pure landscapes. Thankfully there were just enough temples, chortens, yak herder camps, prayer flags, and unusual plants to keep me occupied.
Few variable sketches to finish the year with from my trip to Morocco, of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, and a street in the wonderful Essaouira.