Sketching without looking / drawing after the experience

Me and a friend go to free lunchtime recitals by the Royal College of Music at the beautiful Lincoln’s Inn Chapel.
Having got there before the performance I drew without looking at the paper at all, just looking at the subject, to pass the time on a pew. This ‘angel in the architecture’ is the only slightly comprehensible result. I like it. Then again I was there.

Here the same subject remembered after the concert, with information taken from above:

Here’s the brilliant, captivating and dramatic soprano Stephanie Schmalzle ably assisted by Christopher Weston as they played Schumann, Debussy and Britten, again with me not looking at the paper. Things move. Motifs form (her hair, the shape of her eyebrows), the pianist is abstracted less, due to him being stationary. These are not pretty but have a sense of time to them that the finished sketch does not.

Here’s a sketch made after with information from the previous sketches:
Singing, not screaming or yawning…

So there you go. It’s fun to try.


About Trevor Mill

This is my work. Art & Design. The fruits of my labour. Commissions / projects welcome.
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