Sketching Sculptures

Few tourists know about Santiago’s sculpture garden on the banks of the Mapocho River in the Provedencia Barrio (close by the Pedro de Valdivia Metro station).

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There are about thirty sculptures of different scale and materials that you can walk past.  I used a visit to the sculpture park as an opportunity to practise my sketching skills (a necessary skill to have in the design/ architecture industry and one that I have been neglecting for too long).

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I chose a ‘spiky’ asymmetrical sculpture for my first sketching attempt, because I thought the lines would be easy to draw…I was wrong.  I have to admit that the most difficult part of sketching for me, is to stay focused.  It’s easy to get bored and just rush to end the sketch.

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My second Sketch was of an organic sculpture made from wood.

ImageI use a pen to sketch as it doesn’t give you the option to erase and start over again – you need to work with what you have drawn.  A thinner pen would have allowed me to experiment and draw the beautiful timber patterns on the sculpture, but as I only had one thick pen to work with, I decided that less texture is more.  I like the way that the sketch had to flow over onto the opposite page – it sort of gives the idea of a bird in flight, which might be what the sculptor had in mind, as the sculpture’s name is ‘Ode to the Sky/ Air’.

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My goal is to keep on improving my sketching technique while Dirk and I are overseas, so hopefully I’ll be showing some improvement and more sketches soon.

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