Adventures in... Johannesburg

Mark and I spent the weekend visiting his sister and her family in Johannesburg (affectionately known as Jo'burg). The weekend was filled with socializing, seeing a bit of the city, and making new friends. I didn't really have time to spend sketching, but my eyes and my mind were still full of artistic inspiration.

We went on a game drive in a reserve called The Cradle. It isn't far from the city, in fact you can see it sprawling in the valley below the reserve. Everything I saw inspired me: the colours, the fresh scent in the air, the animals... but there was no way I could draw everything. It happened too quickly, and it was too cold to hold a pencil. So... I sketched with my camera.

It is completely possible to 'sketch' with a camera. Not everything has to be done with a pencil or pen. A quick photograph can record an idea, a composition, a gesture, and lots and lots of colour. I often see something, and challenge myself to name the tubes of watercolour paint I'd use to capture the scene. I've always thought this way, and I believe it even more after reading Sarah Jane Studios post about recording colour with her camera. It never occurred to me that I could actually create a colour palette in photoshop. (See above).

The world is bursting with colour, and I can't wait to explore it more with my camera.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Jane!
    These are gorgeous pics from colorful Johannesburg. I do like to keep a similar "sketchbook" using my phone camera to record things that might serve a future purpose. Can't say that I ever see any giraffes or zebras here! Thanks for sharing! :o)


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