Why do you sketch everyday?

It’s Monday, time for some little sketches from the week. A fellow artist and friend asked me this week what I hoped to achieve with my everyday sketches.

So many things come to mind. Besides keeping the drawing practice going (every time I break, I find I am very reluctant to come back to making that first mark on paper), and teaching me to use my time more efficiently, little sketches are a great way to explore. New subjects, new mediums, new techniques, new ways to think, see & draw. With zero expectation, and often very little time, I play less safe, which is great. I explore more different mark-making media:  I tend to grab whatever is within reach to draw with. And anything becomes a good subject.

I’m finding that having kids and pets (the kids aren’t new but the pets are) helps. Both make good, if reluctant, drawing subjects.

At breakfast,on a school day morning.kids_school

My daughter just started learning the violin. I can now draw her and her teacher.

I’m trying to draw the new cats. One day I will get the hang of them.

When I can’t think of anything else, I draw fruit. There’s always good fruit in California and there’s tons at home ’cause the kids love it.

Can’t remember why I drew the same pear, from the same angle, in almost the same style three times over…

Two mechanics having a discussion under a car at Alum Rock AutoCare Center. I was walking past, and they looked kinda strange with their heads disappearing into the underside of a car, so I had to stop and draw them.

And finally, one last one from the week. A bottle of olives with pimento. They always remind me of my mom who loves them so much, she could eat a bottle in a sitting. Done entirely in watercolor, drawn with a glass dipping pen and a watercolor wash added on at the end.

Why do you sketch everyday? (Or almost everyday?)

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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28 Responses to Why do you sketch everyday?

  1. Liz Steel says:

    loving your everyday sketches. A good motivation for me to lift my game. I sketch to keep the creative juices flowing AND to create a record of my life (though text can help if I dont get a sketch done)

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  2. Grace says:

    Love your work and look forward to your emails. Would like to attend next summer symposium in Chicago. How do I get info and what are the dates. Thanks

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    • Grace, if you are on facebook, follow the usk group and also always follow the blogpost and subscribe to the newsletter: dates will be announced soon, I think it will be around the end of July as always.


  3. rhodadraws says:

    I may not draw every day, but I always have my sketching kit with me, in case I see something that catches my eye. The unexpected, like your auto mechanics, is my favorite of your offering today. I am inspired by the variety of tools and techniques you use.

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  4. Beliza says:

    Those olives look so very tasty! I don’t sketch every day, but always have some type of sketching material with me in case I get the sketching bug during the day. I love the variety of these sketches. I think it is very important to try out new things, so as not to get stagnant. You manage to do it beautifully.

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  5. sandra p mac diarmid says:

    olives, genius! and elegant… brava

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  6. I approach my daily drawings as a practice – no pressure – just a chance to be present, to learn & to stretch my skills. Also, since I make hand-stitched textile pieces that can take months to complete, drawing is particularly rewarding, not just because it helps to inform my other work, but because a sketch can be completed in one sitting.

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  7. Lee Kline says:

    Suhita: I tell people who ask about my sketching that it is the only thing I know how to do.

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  8. graceyann says:

    Suhita. I sketch everyday now although I want to get away from home sketching more as the weather cools. It’s true, the longer away the harder to put pencil to paper. Love is like that! Like Lee says, it is the only thing j know how to do! I love your beautiful everyday sketches!!

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  9. miatagrrl says:

    Although I certainly don’t practice yoga every day (lucky if I do it weekly!), something a yoga instructor once said seems to be the closest metaphor to my daily sketching practice: It’s not so much about eventually achieving something but more like the few minutes a day when my mind, body and spirit are all fully engaged and connected — maybe the only time all day! 😉


  10. KB Garst says:

    Liked your sketches very much!


  11. miatagrrl says:

    P.S. I see you are using Cretacolor Marino pencils. ..? I’ve only used the one I got in my Manchester swag bag, but I like it. Thinking of getting more colors. How do you like them?



  12. dapplegrey says:

    I like your glass dipping pen and the stuffed olives – what a lovely tool, and what a lovely sketch. I agree trying different tools is a great idea. I’m going to look out for one of those pens……!

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  13. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Reblogged this on ARHtistic License and commented:
    Thanks to guest blogger Suhita Shirodkar for this wonderful article about the importance of committing to daily practice of your craft.


  14. rosjenke says:

    I always love your lively sketches. The last one is sensational. You are such an inspiration.


  15. Shiho says:

    I originally started sketching every day to get better at my craft. There is no question that It did help me improve my drawing and painting skills, but now I look at it more as small time for myself to relax and be lost in the colors, even if it only lasts for 10 – 20 minutes (which is often the case during the work week.)

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  16. Stu-ttg-art says:

    You are an inspiration, Suhita! (Sorry, if you get tired of hearing that.) I said hello to Luis and Miguel from you (Malaga workshop) (I forgot to pass on your greetings to Isa, sorry) … I draw everyday, to keep from getting too sluggish … and to improve … how else but by practicing our skill can we improve … and what else should I be doing … oh, going to work, right!

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  17. madebymylena says:

    It was nice to read about where you get the inspiration for sketches like when you just had to stop to draw the mechanics fixing a car. Stories or thoughts like that, I think, are really interesting and inspiring to read about.

    Sketching for me: I love sketchbooks and take one everywhere with me. Sketching everyday just to keep on drawing, to keep the creativity flowing; to improve my skills; to get down ideas and empty my mind; and the most important reason: Because I love to do it!

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  18. D. Abreu says:

    I believe that every day is full of sketching opportunities. Most of the time I sketch restaurants or areas surrounding the restaurants as I sketch mainly during lunch time. Over the weekend I sketch when going for walks or traveling.


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