It’s Sunday Sketchup time! Every Sunday I plan on putting up something I’ve drawn, in one form or another, on the blog. The content will be whatever has moved me during the previous week, and this may not always be travel-related.
Ever since Steph and I left on our trip, I’ve been slowly getting back to my roots in the fine arts. For years I was stuck behind a computer, working very little with my hands and even less outside of my office. As we’ve been moving around, the world has inspired me to concentrate on doing what I love, and what I love is to express my creativity. I love photography, and the blog has been a great outlet for that, but I also love to draw, and slowly getting back into the habit of sketching has been really enjoyable, so I thought I would share it with all of you!
About the Sketch
It’s hard not to be impressed with Cambodian temples (or “wats” as the parlance goes) and all the wonderful Buddhist art that surrounds them. I started this week’s work with a sketch of an odd little statue with oversized hands we saw at a wat near Kampot. I thought it was a nice rendition and interestingly done, and I think it lends itself well to being drawn by hand.
I followed with a drawing of a wat we visited nearer to Kep, and it is tentatively titled “Scribble Wat.” Also, every time we go to a wat I can’t help but make a wat joke (WAT is the deal with this place? WAT’s that there?), to Steph’s endless (I am sure) amusement. This drawing of the wat ignores about 90% of the actual detail, and of the 10% I included, about 50% of that is either made up or just scribbles. In art school I learned a term – horror vacui – which essentially means fear of empty space, or a burning need to cover every inch of a work with detail. There is no finer example of this than a wat, and if I wanted to draw it faithfully, it would have taken me a year. See if you can figure out where I got tired of the detail work and just went for broke (hint: the bottom).