Sidewalk Art

Not too long ago I checked out an interesting book from the library. It’s called Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun and it’s by Carla Sonheim.

One of the projects involved taking photos of sidewalk cracks and using the images as inspiration for drawings. Well, the idea appealed to me. I took a few photos and gave it a try. Here’s what I did: I used the same photo but turned it in all four directions, and made four drawings. Take a look. First, the photo rotated through the directions (I used north, east, south, and west to designate them).

Then the sketches – look for the N, E, S, or W to figure out the corresponding photo:

Give this a try. I have realized that I’m not limited to sidewalk cracks – how about tree branch patterns in shadow? scattered stones? tree roots? food on your plate?

25 thoughts on “Sidewalk Art

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    These are such fun! I have seen this exercise on Sonheim’s blog (she’s also a WordPress blogger) but have never tried it. You have inspired me to give it a go sometime.

  2. Diane

    Funny, I recently came across this book and one for designing imaginary animals and thought of you. The animal one looked as though you illustrated it so i looked at the name to see if you had anything to do with it.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. It’s a nice way to exercise your perceptions and portable art, too. I did mine from photos but I could see sketching straight from the sidewalk.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I found it easy to do and very focusing, figuring out what I was seeing and then trying to take more steps to fill in the details.

  5. memadtwo

    I tend to take photos and then download them and forget about them…but the forms can be very inspirational. Another thing for my list.

  6. Jeanette Clawson

    You have such a different expression of your sidewalk art from Carla’s. I love these. I have thought about doing these, but I like tidy shapes too much. I’m keeping it in my pocket for when I get blocked.

  7. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I have a small group of these photos for TV art (when I am watching TV at night) and I really like doing them because I see something right away in each one and don’t stop to think, just go to work. I would love to see your Zentangle adapted to this, I’m not sure what I’m thinking, but somehow it seems a fit to me?

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