I avoided drawing/painting landscapes for a while. When I was studying photography in A-level, in the first lesson, the tutor told us the story of how one of the first cameras was invented because a guy was annoyed at his inability to draw landscape, and sixteen-year-old me’s reaction was “Oh my god, dude, same!” Because it’s just unfathomable to me how you can attempt to capture such vast beauty into one little canvas. Where do you begin? How do you end? It’s too much!
And then I went to uni and they forced us to draw everything. Anyone who studied illustration at @cambridge_school_of_art can testify. It’s one hell of a month and they make you draw until your hands fall off. But weirdly, what I did learn from it is no, you don’t have to draw everything, well, not in one picture anyway. Especially in landscape or nature, because it’s true, you will miss something out. The trick is to do it purposefully. Choose your point of view carefully. Be selective. Decide exactly what you want to leave out. And then for what you are deciding to draw, celebrate the hell out of it. Now I draw woodland scenes with a dip pen. I can’t draw the whole woods, but I can draw every detail I want in the barks of these five trees. And damn, it is so fun! ☺️ #illustration #draw #drawing #landscapedrawing #woods #woodland #ink #penandink #wip #workinprogress #penandinkalliance #traditionalillustration @penandinkalliance @cluster__illustration