Sketching when I travel is easy: so much new, exciting stuff to be inspired to draw. Sketching when I am back home is hard. It’s especially hard to get back to sketching regularly after a big trip: 10 days in Manchester, and 2 weeks in Italy just before that. (Did I mention that before? Maybe I didn’t, I’ll be posting those sketches very soon!) We all have that long to-do list of everyday chores that takes priority. And, it can be challenging to feel inspired to draw when you are in a familiar place. But I’m trying to do a little sketch even on super busy days. Because quick-and dirty sketches are the perfect place to experiment.
Here are some from last week.
A page of ink sketches on tan paper. Playing with my new Venetian glass dip pen. I love the slightly scratchy feel of glass nib on paper.
Homegrown tomatoes look far from perfect, but they taste delicious. Watercolor and white gouache.
And then there’s these two kittens we just adopted. So you might be a lot of cat sketches in the near future. This first page of sketches is an ambitious attempt to capture kittens that won’t stay still. Noodlers ink and dip pen.
This next one was easier. Graphite, diluted ink and colored pencil.
And finally a quick head study done today. Watercolor and watersoluble pencil.
The longest of these (the tomatoes) took a little under a half hour. But most took just a few minutes, something I can do even on my busiest days.
Here are some thoughts on stuff I am doing to try and draw everyday:
- No rules. draw from life. Or not. Use color. Or not. Share it. Or not.
- Carry around a very small book and a pencil everywhere. That way I don’t feel I need my whole toolkit and a lot of time to sketch.
- Keep a running list of ideas of little things to draw, techniques to try, mediums to play with: For those days when I am out of ideas.
- Do a regular post of quick-and-dirty sketches. It’s hard to explain how that helps,but a commitment to blog helps me sketch.
Do you have any other ideas on how to make sketching an everyday habit? Any tips on what works for you? Share them here, and keep sketching!