- John Benfield
Sketching has always been one of my great passions, but of late I've been neglecting it in favour of doing mostly watercolours. I've decided to go back to basics and sketch a lot more. Sketching forces you to look in more detail, and ask yourself what you actually see. You’ll end up seeing a lot more than you would otherwise. There’s something about holding a pen or pencil in your hand that gets your creative juices flowing in a much different way than holding a brush. When you get used to sketching, the movements of your hand become much more fluid and it becomes really easy and natural. The more you practice, the better you will become at sketching.
A Charcoal sketch of a Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus), a common, grey and white raptor in South Africa with a black shoulder, done in my Moleskine large sketch-book.These beautiful little birds (they're not much bigger than a pigeon) often sit on the telephone lines outside our property and to watch them hovering over a field when they've seen some dinner is one of my greatest pleasures.