"Drawing, within the visual arts, seems to hold the position of being closest to pure thought."
~ John Elderfield
"Draw on both sides of the line, not just what you're enclosing. The shape you're making on the outside is as important as the one you're making on the inside.
~Leon Polk Smith
"Drawing is one of the best ways to meditate, while staying connected to the world around us."
~ Elsha Leventis
As suggested in Retro| Vintage Drawing Practice, you can use old photographs in your drawing practice. I don't draw THINGS. I mean REAL THINGS. And I am curious whether a few years of drawing pretend things like mandalas in any way helped my ability to draw real things. So I started with the photograph of the facade above and drew my version of this REAL THING with PITT pen (XS) in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine journal. It has relatively simple lines and is an interesting photograph. Looking at it, very tempted to pitch it, but knowing that would be oh so wrong, I instead tried to figure out what I liked (as opposed to what I didn't like) in the sketch. I like the quirky windows and doors. And I liked the experience. More sketches from photos.
Have you sketched anything REAL lately? What did you LIKE about your work?