On lunch breaks, I usually eat at my desk or sometimes go out with coworkers to grab some food. But every once in a while, I take my sketchbook and head outside for an activity that not only makes me appreciate my surroundings and notice things I otherwise dismiss, but also gets the creative juices flowing and rejuvenates my brain in a way that few things can.
I draw, usually for about half an hour. I’ve picked places where I can draw a building along with some trees or other natural feature. I’ve found this to be more forgiving than strictly keeping to man-made, straight buildings.
So I’m not a professional artist, but I really enjoy the process of sitting down and capturing what I see. It’s tricky to decide which tiny part of the urban landscape it’s possible to draw in 30 short minutes. It gives my brain a break from language and editing and computer screens, which it seems to really appreciate!