This weekend I was catching up on scanning sketches from the last few weeks and I quickly noticed a story I was telling through sketching at least every few days.
March 6, 2020 - A little over three weeks ago I made the sketch above at a leadership seminar at work - look at us all sitting in the same room, shoulder to shoulder!
March 10, 2020 - The next week was the annual #oneweek100people challenge. I only had one day to participate, and went to Whole Foods one day for lunch to knock out 20 people sketches - that's as much as I was able to complete. I remember being extra careful with using hand sanitizer that day, and washing my hands often at work. (And noticing that others didn't!)
March 14, 2020 - That weekend we went to New Orleans for a quick trip, while be super cautious about keeping to ourselves and washing our hands. We went to Audubon Park to see the Tree of Life, where several weddings took place in a row.
March 17-22, 2020 - Then the next week my sketches tell a very different story as I sketched my work-from-home desk, my kitchen, and my studio.
I didn't set out to tell this story, but by sketching to record the context of my day and by taking advantage of opportunities to sketch, I have a record of what my world looks like over time. When you sketch your everyday world, you're going to see your story come through.
If your table is starting to look like this from projects, you might as well sketch it!
There's so much around us that we can sketch during this weird time. Look on social media for #uskathome to see sketchers around the world capture views inside and outside of their homes.
But not all of us have to stay inside. Here in Memphis we have wide-open spaces we can go to - Dixon Gardens, Shelby Farms, Elmwood Cemetery. We also have parking lots that we can sit in our car in, because it's still a tad chilly. Below are a couple of sketches I've made from my car recently.
Sketching is always a good idea, but now is an especially good time to take a few minutes for yourself and record your day in your sketchbook.
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