I had a great time in Korea last week, spending time with my wife and parents, exploring the countryside, and eating way too much food. It was a little bit of a whirlwind so I didn't get too many sketches in, but I managed a quick inkwash sketch (above) early one morning at the small village we were staying in while everyone else was still asleep.
I'm usually pretty good on our trips about not trying to see everything, choosing instead to slow down and focus on one or two places. I was a crazed shutterbug this time around. Maybe it had something to do with being back in the country I was born and partially raised in after nearly a quarter century, as well as being half-Korean. Or maybe it's all the pictures my parents were taking as well. I didn't want to miss a thing, despite only having a week to see it all.
Excited about seeing my parents and Korea.
Somehow, my sketchbook managed not to suffer too much. Instead of trying to make full-page 'finished' sketches, I filled pages with "thumbnail memories" that I can flesh out later (and have all the photo reference at hand if need be). Keeping the sketches rough allowed me to put more thoughts down on paper, rather than getting too precious with my sketchbook - a constant thorn in my side.