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John Coltrane: Impressions Music Sketch

John Coltrane: Impressions SketchLast week, I had to get my mind in a logo sketch groove after working on the computer most of the day.

To do this, I sometimes choose a music-driven exercise to get into the rhythm of sketching.

Music Sketching
Pick a fresh page in your sketchbook, then queue up and listen to a piece of music, while expressing what you're hearing and feeling on the page.

Don't worry about making it "right" because it's based on how you feel at the moment. Because it's open and free, this can relax you to enjoy the feel of pen or pencil on paper.

This process really helps me focus in on the music, loosens my hand up and gets me in the right frame of mind for sketching.

Above is the sketch created while listening to Impressions by John Coltrane, a wonderful piece which itself helps me loosen up for sketching.

Give it a try sometime!

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Reader Comments (2)

Wow! I've been a viewer/reader of yours for a while, have never made a comment, but couldn't resist this one. I think this is my favorite sketch of all of yours you have shared. Lovely, dreamy, and very much like the music that inspired it!
September 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn
Thanks Robyn, what kind words! You made my weekend. :-)
October 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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