Draw what you hear

Today’s sketch was an exercise. I set myself the test of listening to a story and simultaneously sketching out the picture that formed in my head. I chose a reading of ‘The House on the Borderland’, which was written by William Hope Hodgson in 1908…and is a very spooky tale.

This ‘sketching while listening’ was pretty challenging for me (I kept wanting to just listen to the story!) – but definitely a useful exercise. While the results are pretty rough and ready, it forces you to just hurry on up and get the ideas down, as there’s no time to obsess over the detail.

It’s a good way to capture your visual ideas, which can then be worked up into something more polished later on.