|Seen on our morning walk.
Shown here is an example that began on a morning walk. We spotted an inflatable lion in someone’s yard. I didn’t spend as much time looking at it as I should have. When I sketched it in my scribble journal that evening, I realized I had only a vague notion of its shape; the lion’s expression was mostly from my imagination because I couldn’t recall details with clarity (below).
|12/3/20 Attempt 1 from memory: Not enough observation.
|12/5/20 Attempt 2: Better, but still missing prominent details.
|12/9/20 Sketched from direct observation.
Several days later, I finally sketched the lion from direct observation (at left). (I didn’t color the mane brown, but that was a conscious choice – not because I didn’t observe it.)
Another example was the Seattle Fish Guys logo (below). Since it’s one of the primary places we have been getting takeout foods during the pandemic, I see the Fish Guys logo frequently – at the store, on packaging, on their website and on social media. I would recognize it even from a distance, and yet, when I tried to visualize it, the image was vague.
|Seattle Fish Guys logo
|12/30/20 Logo sketched from memory.
One day I had a long wait outside the store while my order was being prepared. Prominently displayed above their door, the logo was easy to study for several minutes. Again, I tried to help myself recall details by describing them with words in my mind: “The colors are blue and turquoise. The fish’s body is made of cursive letters spelling ‘fish.’ The fish is facing right. ‘Seattle’ is in block letters above the fish, and ‘Guys’ is below.” I recalled most of the general details when I drew the logo that evening, but I couldn’t recall if it was in a circle or an oval.
Like most things, drawing from memory should become easier and more accurate with regular practice. Let’s see if that’s true.