Get Focused – Get Sketching!

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 28, 2014

Category: General

Hi Folks

Hope you had a good weekend and managed to do what you had planned be it something or nothing 🙂

I was busy writing all day yesterday putting together another chapter that will appear in my book once published and on worldwide release in December.

Huge thanks to everyone that has already placed pre orders on Amazon; just hearing that has been quite literally overwhelming!

Ok so for today’s post I just wanted to write a short post to share something with you; a part of the process I go through when planning a new picture.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I like to plan each shoot as much as possible so that I know exactly what it is I want to achieve and that process generally involves a sketch of some description.

I say ‘of some description’ because drawing certainly isn’t my strong point (Aaron Blaise I’m most definitely not) but the idea is purely to help me get a clearer understanding of what it is I want to do.


I’m currently using the Wacom Intuos Stylus on my iPad mini to sketch out ideas in the Wacom Bamboo iPad App rather than initially writing down ideas in note form. I’ll move over to the Adobe Ink and Slide combination in the near future but just to give you an idea of what I mean, below is a rough sketch showing what I want my next picture in my Animals series to be, and the great thing was being able to sketch it out whilst on the train heading into that’s multi tasking 🙂


So once the idea was sketched out it was then a case of finding the suitable locations to photograph the scene. For the Apes I’ll be heading to Monkey World Ape Rescue in Dorset in the next couple of weeks but where to find a view overlooking tree tops?

Social Media that’s where; no sooner had I posted out asking if anyone could recommend somewhere suitable replies came flooding back and as I often find…the locations are quite literally on your doorstep! Many people recommended Salcey Forest which is only just over one hours drive away in Northamptonshire and it looks perfect with a tree top walkway so I’ll be heading there this week.

As for Monkey World I thought it might be a good chance to organise a social gathering too so I’ll be posting the date and time real soon so if you’d like to come along you’re more than welcome; heck we could even make it a Photo Walk 🙂

Anyway that just covers part of the planning process I go through when looking at working on a new picture but probably one of the most important things I do as seeing it drawn, albeit badly, makes me want to get out there and get working on it.

Oh and talking of my book as I briefly mentioned at the start, I’ll be looking to add this new picture in as a ‘How To’ Chapter covering all the retouching from start to finish.

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


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  1. Steve Healy

    Hi Glyn,
    The monkey themed image sounds like a great addition to your animal pictures. The photo walk at Monkey World sounds like a good idea too….is there a curry house nearby? 😉
    Best regards,

    • Glyn

      I’ll keep you posted Steve if you fancy popping along for the day


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