Carnet de Vojage in Sardegna

Sardegna is an Italian island, located in the west-centre of the peninsula.

Everyone who visited Sardegna probably praise its beautiful and crystalline sea, its white beaches and its innumerable, charming gorges.

Traveling give you the opportunity to have fun sketching what you are see and what you’ve experienced.

So, let’s see together some tips and tricks about “creating a Carnet de Voyage”, a drawing reportage.


-Nature: Sardegna is characterized by red mountains, low forest vegetation and an amazing adamantine sea. Wind and water have carved through time the rocks, giving them a soft bizarre shape.

-Draw: A typical panorama who underline the history of that place (like a tower in the middle of the lowland or a sea view with strange rocks). Draw some characteristic elements that you can find everywhere, like prickly pears in Sardegna. Add notes if appropriate.

-Food: in Italy food is always good and in Sardegna’s no exception! Think on which dishes are typical! In the island you must try Seadas and almond sweets, Porceddu (there is a long tradition behind this pork), and obviously fish.

-Draw: your dishes, writing what food it is, and adding notes (or add business card or bills) about where you buy it (market, a nice typical restaurant, a local shop, etc.) .

-Symbol: Flag, coat of arms, family crests, banners and other symbols tell the story of a place. Sardegna’s flag, for example, represents four heads of Moorish princes defeated by the Aragonese.

-Draw: the symbols of the place you are visiting adding notes or sketch a little comics telling their history.


In Sardegna, I spent some time drawing people. Beaches are good places to sketch people because they wear only a swimsuit, so take chance to do some study focus on volume, structure and anatomy

-focus on a single position like people who are laying on the beach, sleeping or sunbathing. Draw them in different angles.
In this sketch below a girl stayed in this position for a long time, so I had the opportunity to study the basin and the shape of the bottom, so difficult matter!
(the secret is: don’t’ be embarrassed and to goes unnoticed!)

-think about masses and how masses reacts to gravity, better if the subject has a certain amount of fat.

An overweight person is ideal to analyze how fat parts react to movement and gravity.

-think about structure: skinny subjects works good if you want to study skeleton and how are connected all the parts.For example, if you are analyzing how arm is connected to the shoulder, a skinny subject reveals better where are the muscles and the skeleton.
When you understand how thinks works, add notes to focus better what you’ve learned. This will help you to fix the lesson.

-focus on dynamic:
old person move more quietly than children, are slowest and rigid like old oaks
Children are like grass shaking by the wind. Observe how children jump, run and move their body, specially arms and legs are always on the move. They don’t preserve energy or value risks like adults; their movements are nearly extreme, they change quickly their mind and programs.
Children don’t need too many lines, sketch them using fast, dynamic, broken lines. Avoid “heavy” chiaroscuro.
In the contrary, if you draw old people, you can use more lines and strong chiaroscuro to give a static impression.

The concept is: the more lines you use, the “heavier” and probably static, the sketch will be, fewer lines you use, more fresh and energetic the sketch will be.  

-remembering: it is always important add notes near the sketch, even just because help you to remember how you felt in that moment and to report some funny/important details. In Sardegna there was the Coconut seller who screamed hilarious rhymes like: “Se lo mangi a grandi fette, poi ti crescono le tette” (that literally means: “If you eat big slices of coconut, then your tits grow.”).

Anyhow there were a lot of different sellers who carried their stuff upon the head, like the man with many hats!



Holiday means relaxing time too!

If you don’t fall asleep or if you don’t have to cook, take time to sketch who are sleeping and cooking! Draw every day action (sleep, cook, walk etc.) give you a good mental bible of positions, so helpful if you have to complete your drawings and you cannot sketch from reality.

Draw: draw everyday position, focus again on a single goal; for example, how is made the nose, how head turns, the position of the hands, etc. Think only to your goal and add notes about what you’re discovering.
Then add notes to help memory. For example, I wrote some dessert names of Sardegna, always put on the fridge (and served after every meal).

In this sketch two of my friends were cleaning the mussels to cook an amazing “Pasta with cozze”. So delicious!

I was lucky because they are two good cooks too, so this Italian holiday could not have been better than that!

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