For my third artist date, I spent two hours sketching. I placed my iPod on shuffle, used my large sketchbook and black pen (the one I really like, because the ink flows really well) and simply listened to the lyrics.
I unconsciously sketched imagery the music inspired in my mind. It was freeing to simply draw, and let the music influence me. It was also relaxing to just focus on the process.
I like sketching with ink because it forces me to resist any temptation to erase and start again. When I draw with pen, I sketch and move on, if I don’t like particular lines I can ignore them and continue sketching or develop and alter them until I like the image more. It forces me to problem solve with my own work, as well as forcing myself to be more gentle on me as an artist. I have to let things go, embrace the process–including any perceived mistakes.
I was pleased with my date. I had been postponing it for about three days before I made myself sit down and finally have my date. Cameron warned in her book that people are generally tempted to cancel their artist’s dates—I am not sure why exactly, but it seems true.
You may notice the third sketch doesn’t quite look finished. That’s because it isn’t finished. My adorable little white dog decided it would be fun to eat the cord of my iPod player (for the second time, so obviously they are delicious and just super fun to chew on) thus ending my little music/sketch session.
I would like to do this one again sometime—once my iPod player works again.