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The story behind #ViewFromMyRun
As a children's author-illustrator, I spend a lot of time drawing. After working on three books in one year, my brain needed some serious creative cross-training.
One evening, while on a run over the Manhattan Bridge, I saw a gorgeous sunset. I snapped a photo of it with the intention of painting a watercolor landscape for fun. As I continued running, I looked down at my watch and had a moment of inspiration. I thought, I can paint this sunset, but then it will just be a sunset. If I paint the sunset in the same amount of time as this run, then the two things become connected. And my project was born.
I draw something I see on each training run and complete the drawing in the same amount of time as the run. Each piece is stamped with the time and distance. This is a visual journal of my training—and my love letter to New York City.
See my drawings on Instagram @loririchmonddraws
I was always an artist, but it took 39 years to be a runner.
As a kid, I loved to draw and failed the physical fitness test every year. Fast forward to age 39: some friends invited me to do a half marathon even though I hadn't run a mile. Ever. I got sneakers, trained for 12 weeks, and finished in 2:24. I felt strong, confident, and unstoppable. I was hooked. I've now raced all five boroughs in NYC!
Some things people like to ask me:
“How do you draw so quickly?”
I'm not sure... I just do it. I don't make pencil sketches before I ink, I don't erase, and I don't start over when I make a mistake. Like in running, I push through and keep going. I work around it. The series is not about being precious or perfect, it's about documenting the run!
“What art supplies do you use?”
I use a bunch of different pens and paints. How I choose depends on what I am drawing, how much time I have, and whether I’m doing color or just line. Here are some favorite go-tos:
Uniball Vision (Good for quick line work)
Pentel Brush Pen (Refillable acrylic brush)
Sagura Pigma Micron (Good for fine lines)
Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors (Bright and saturated!)
Nihonga Sumi-e Watercolor Pan Set (Not as saturated, some colors are creamy)
FaberCastell PITT Markers (Love these for adding grays to black and white art)
Canson Montval Cold Press Watercolor Paper (I prefer the fold over pads)
“Does it make you nervous to draw while on a timer?”
Weirdly, I find it relaxing! Knowing I have limited time means I don't think about it too much, and I feel free to make the marks as they come. It's fun and loose. When the timer goes off, I stop.
“Do you run with your art supplies?”
No, but I've heard plenty of jokes about strapping an easel to my back.
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