Around the beginning of the year I realised if I wanted to sketch more regularly, my style would have to change.
I love nothing more than spending an hour or more on a sketch. Like this one done with fellow urban sketchers over a relaxed catch-up in a cafe.
|Jodi Wiley - Kinfolk Cafe, Bourke Street, Melbourne in a Stillman & Birn sketchbook|
But in day-to-day life, like most people, I just don't have the luxury of time. I have to squeeze sketches in between errands, or scratch something out before the kids beckon.
I've been experimenting with a looser style, smaller sketchbook and limited materials.
|Jodi Wiley - Brunswick Street, Melbourne in a Rhodia pocket sketchbook|
I happened upon the blues by accident one day when all I had in my bag was two different shades of blue markers. I did my sketch anyway and liked the result. So I've continued with the blue. It's very versatile.
|Jodi Wiley - Melbourne sketches|
The orange of the scooter is thanks to my five-year-old kindly lending me her colour pencils.
|Jodi Wiley - Degraves Street, Melbourne in a Rhodia pocket sketchbook|
When I think about why I sketch, it's not to create a perfect book. It's because it's fun (why else would you do it?), I want to experiment and grow as an artist, and I have an irrepressible need to record and interpret my world.
A book full of imperfect sketches is better than an empty one.