Cloudy, with a chance of sketching

A collection of cloud studies (more here). The third one is the same cloud drawn three times as sunset arrived (I ‘overcooked’ this sketch and should have stopped much sooner. They’ve ended up looking like Aegean islands…). And the last two are oddly dramatic cloud fronts seen from a train. Cloud sketching’s a good opportunity for blind/contour-drawing, feeling out the shapes and details with the pencil/pen while keeping your eyes upward; head in the clouds, hands on paper.


About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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7 Responses to Cloudy, with a chance of sketching

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Fantastic clouds! “Cloudy with a chance of sketching” sounds like Seattle all year round! I get a lot of practice on them here, too.

    – Tina

  2. Stu-ttg-art says:

    Thanks, Ed! Makes me want to get my watercolours out again …

  3. Viktoria says:

    Nice! I particularly like the third sketch – it has that almost surreal look that clouds often have and is so hard to capture. Not that I try very often, I find clouds hard and I tend to focus on practicing other hard things (like everything) that doesn´t change shape so fast. Nooutdoor sketching now, though, northern Sweden has hard rain, storm and in some unfortunate areas not far from us, snow… 😦 Some summer this is turning out to be.

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Viktoria, the good thing about sketching clouds ‘blind’ is there’s no correct/right shape for them to look like; they just are what they are! We’re coming to Stockholm in the summer so hope the snow’s cleared by then…

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