An attempt at sketching whilst in Peru

During my travels in Peru, I took a lot of photographs but as I mentioned earlier in 2013 during my trip to Wyoming, I wanted to take fewer photographs and spend more time taking in the sights, smells, and sounds.  Some might say, travel slower. This also played a role in my goal to travel lighter and in a minimalist manner.  I had sold off a substantial chunk of my photography equipment and ended up buying a smaller and lighter but quality camera (Fuji X-Pro1).  Then I took a moleskin and a pen with me to Peru as a journal.

On the way to Cusco
On the way to Cusco

My friend Serena (from SerenaDraws) had gifted me with a pigma micron pen but being as I was reacquainting myself with sketching, I wasn’t accustomed to using such an archival ink pen — so I kept using a ball point pen until I lost it during my travel.

It was a bit of a challenge to find the time to sketch.  I found the best time for me to sketch was either when I was simply sitting on a bench observing street life or when I was spending too much time on the bus on route somewhere.

Looking out from the bus
Looking out from the bus

The challenging aspect of trying to draw while sitting on a bus is the fact that the road is a bit … bumpy.  That said, I would look out the window and whenever I saw something of interest, I’d try to retain the image in my mind and sketch out whatever I would remember.

Passing by a town
Passing by a town

Though I didn’t get much of a chance to sketch during my hike on the Lares Trek, I did attempt to capture a bit of a quick sketch of the hike in the remote mountainous region.

Hiking on the Lares Trek
Hiking on the Lares Trek

When I had the opportunity to visit the jungle, it was so hot there during the day that one would just sit in the shade.  This was the ideal time for me to do some sketching (or napping).  Way too hot!

Jungle Hut in Peru
Jungle Hut in Peru

I’m still trying to figure out how to replicate the character of trees as well as the look of leaves.  This will require a bit of practice.  That said, I was a pretty happy camper when I finally left the hot hot jungle.

Leaving the jungle
Leaving the jungle

I’ll post some photographs from Peru later but I thought I’d share some sketches first.  Not the nicest to look at on lined paper I know … but it’s all in the name of practice!

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Author: Ehren Cheung

An explorer of life and data. Reluctantly philosophical. A seeker of the ultimate cookie. Another tree-friendly soul with an affinity for hiking and sketching.

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