Just a simple geometric sketch — contrasting colours of cyan and deep red, a randomly rotating cluster of cones to create a digital ruby. I am continuing to develop Ferocious Patience as a presentation of movement data, but in the meantime I continue to have a urge and need to sketch.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines to sketch as: “1. To describe briefly, generally, or in outline; to give the essential facts or points of, without going into details; to outline. 2. To draw the outline or prominent features of (a picture, figure, etc.), esp. as preliminary or preparatory to further development; to make a sketch or rough draught of (something); to draw or paint in this manner. 3. a. intransitive or absol. To practise sketching; to draw or paint sketches. b. To proceed in a sketchy manner.”
Sketching is useful for working out ideas, to bring a concept into being through gestural form. Sketching is a practice that enables the development of skills, but also the capacity to escape the isolation of mental confines as some thing takes on sensorial qualities as shared phenomenon. Treated as a rough process at the early stages of creative production, sketching can initiate a process of crystalization — a germ instigating a physical reaction. The manifestation of the sketch can vary — pencil drawing, jotted notes, sonic hum, or even a few lines of computer code. What matters is the emphasis that is placed on action — on the act of doing. Shifting attention from a final output, sketching functions as a practice of maintenance.