Two things help me draw regularly. (I want to say ‘everyday’, but that wouldn’t be true.)
- Keeping it non-precious. My sketchbook isn’t a gallery. There are pages that are total duds. There are pages where only one bit might be interesting. There are pages I start drawing on and then time runs out and the drawing remains unfinished.
- Drawing people. In answer to an often-voiced lament, “There’s nothing to draw where I am!” (I’m guilty of that one too): Draw people. Stuck on a train? Waiting for a friend to join you for coffee? Waiting to pick up your kids after school? Watching TV? Draw people. One person, many, whatever. And, pair it up with ‘keeping it non-precious’ and you always have something to draw.
It could be something as commonplace as the people at the next table at a coffeeshop. Yes, another one of those sketches, but you drew, right?
Some sketches work, some don’t. Some fall only in the category of “I drew today“. Still a win.
Many are messy from having to close a book too soon to leave because you stole a sketch in a small window of time…
But they all add up.
Do I get bored drawing at the same places? Sometimes, and then I’ll try and switch something up. Like only carrying a water brush with grey ink and a pen with me.
Or I’ll throw a couple of ink sample vials in my bag with a pen and leave my paint kit at home.
People are my go-to subject for quick little sketches. They’re the little thread of continuity that keeps my sketching and observation practice going in the leanest of times. And like all observational drawing, each sketch done makes it easier to see, simplify and capture from life the next time I draw.