I take a lot of pictures with my camera so I can go back and do this at home. But I notice that sometimes the camera doesn't "pick up" what colors I'm noticing or what I am picking out as the "important stuff" in my mind. (I know you can see the next picture below and I was able to get the color and focus on the important part for me in this one.)
The other issue I noticed that I have when drawing something I see, besides being slow, is that I have some problems with proportion because I don't have a "frame" like you do when you take a picture. When I take a photo, I zoom in or out to "frame" the exact section I want of what I'm looking at. Like this.
While drawing in person, I don't have those edges for reference. I know I can make a viewfinder by cutting a rectangle out of a piece of cardboard, or I can make "L" shapes with my fingers to help define the space. But when you have a pencil in one hand and have to hold your sketchbook in the other, it's not very convenient to use those things.
I want to just be able to do it without those aids. To be able to do that just takes practice, practice, practice! And that is why we went to the botanical gardens.
This sketch below is actually the last one I did with a limited amount of time because I was supposed to meet Mary back at the car. There were many different kinds of plants and trying to figure out how to suggest them and not get caught up in the details was a good exercise.
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons. They are water soluble.
As I mentioned in the last post, I had to fight off the mental attitude of judging the sketches of being "good" or "bad" and just practice and learn.
The first sketch I did was of some rock forms. I drew in pencil and then used the crayons to color. Then I went over them with my water brush to blend the colors. I don't have a picture for you but I realized that with a limited set of 30 crayons, I don't have many choices because I can't just make the color I want.
On the next sketch, I just started directly with the crayon and no pencil. I learned that you cannot make great detail with the crayon (and you cannot erase). Here is what it looked like before I added water.
Even with a few sketches, I learned something, especially using the crayons. In the next post, I'll show you some more of the photos I took.