Sketching without References

When I first started falling in love with drawing, I was 12. But for the first couple of years I had absolutely no interest in drawing from reference or understanding technical things like perspective, lighting, tonal variation or anything about anatomy, shape or form. A few years later, during IGCSE Art classes, I went the other way completely and fell in love with observational drawing. It’s a very singular, pure state of mind that eclipses all distractions. There are very few things in life that are as rewarding as being in a state of deep, intense focus, or flow.

I have been trying to find a way to configure my childlike impulse to sketch from the imagination into my more adult desire for technical proficiency ever since. There must be a way to loosen up and free the dreamer in me without bypassing the technical skills I’ve developed since then.

Trying my hand at environmental sketching from my head.
Furiously rapid sketching,


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