Sometimes you wonder, why do I sketch? I have a family, I work, I have obligations and so on. I read the stories of, I had to squeeze in my journal time on vacation or they had to wait in the café. But I have been blessed. My child, my 6 year old son is an Urban Sketcher. He has come with me on several outings with the group. I have taken him all over just to find the "spot to sketch", and we have hurried each other when realizing, it really is time to go!
For this outing, we started in the museum with the group in the Hall of Statues with the great Marble Roman statues which were awe inspiring. We were early enough to find chairs so a bunch of us lined up and drew what was in front of us.
Although, I found these amazing and inspiring, my 6 year old was unimpressed and colored in a coloring book, and moved onto making a star wars inspired creature. (According to Ben this is Kodi?)
After lunch we decided to explore the museum a bit and find something we could both enjoy. So we, with a few other sketchers, went to the Medieval section. This was where we found our stride. After exploring the entire Section, Ben found a corner and I stood, and we drew and drew. With Susan, we were somewhat of a spectacle. A lot of people stopped to see what we were doing, and admire our work. I think we may have inspired a few kids to bring a sketch book next time.
I fell in love with a dragon helmet....
....and Ben loved the armor and the dragon symbolism, which led to drawing one of the figures and his own dragons...
He also drew the shields and one of the huge swords. They were as tall as the ceiling, and decorated with animals and eagles.
There were many dragon themed armors, and we are reading a dragon series, so this was all very exciting.
So, why do I sketch? The enjoyment I have to share with my son is a big reason. We draw together in the evenings, when we go places and we share the moments. I am sure there are so many other reasons, but at least I know together, I feel a little less guilt when going to "just sketch".