The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: A Sketch Session

Getting arty in Yunnan, China

Getting arty in Yunnan, China

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At the foot of the enormous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain sits the ancient town of Baisha, a little haven of friendly locals, minority culture and exquisite textiles.  We spent a week here, basking in the autumn sunshine, strolling the cobbled streets and chatting with smiling Baisha-folk.  After all of China's intensity and busyness, Baisha was the ultimate chill out destination and immediately it felt like home.  

With plenty of time on our hands and some art materials we picked up on the way, we pitched up in a nearby field and decided to get sketching!  To be perfectly honest, we don't spend very much time drawing these days, and so a little creative challenge whilst on the road can only be good for us.  One of things that we love about travelling is that you get time to do things like this and we are always visiting places where the landscapes are just sublime.  How can you resist taking an hour out to draw these magical mountains?!

Just take a look at the backdrop for our sketch session and the artworks that followed.....

The stunning view for our still life session: The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

The stunning view for our still life session: The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Mark working on his sketch using expressive strokes and inky washes....

Mark working on his sketch using expressive strokes and inky washes....

The final presentation!  After 45 minutes of ink to paper this is what Mark came up with....

The final presentation!  After 45 minutes of ink to paper this is what Mark came up with....

.... and Ali showing off her heavy black lines.

.... and Ali showing off her heavy black lines.

Mark's final artwork - moody with linear shapes contouring the landscape.  A combination of ink, black fine liner and pencil.

Mark's final artwork - moody with linear shapes contouring the landscape.  A combination of ink, black fine liner and pencil.

Ali's final artwork - deep contrasts, bold strokes and negative space.  Using only black ink and water.

Ali's final artwork - deep contrasts, bold strokes and negative space.  Using only black ink and water.

We had a really relaxing time painting the mountain scenery, it's not like we have a view like this everyday.  Sometimes we can forget how nice it is to put pen to paper and remembering that it's not always about the outcome, but about taking enjoyment from the process of drawing.  We value being close to nature, and this was the perfect activity taking a moment to look at what's around us in detail.  The lesson for us is to draw more often and spend a little longer taking in the environments around us!

 

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