I have been wanting to get out more, and spend time sketching some of the wonderful architectural treasures I have the luxury of living near. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a whole day at the Salk Institute in La Jolla with just my sketchbook and pencil. Yes I took my camera too, and took some photos, but the point of spending my day there was to exercise my visual faculty in the slow, deliberative way that only freehand drawing brings.
Drawing forces you to study your subject, contemplate it, analyze its proportions. You make decisions about what is important and what isn’t. You essentialize it — that is, you reduce it to its essence.
I started with some small, quick studies (click to embiggen).