I’m just back from a two week break from my computer and from blogging. I’ll post sketches from those days over the next week, but first some thoughts on a sketching practice. And some sketches from the end of last year.
Just before the holidays is when things get super busy. Commissioned pieces, last minute freelance, kids’ concerts, tying up big projects… the list is long and sketching seems to get to the bottom of that list. But Nina shared with me a super-simple google doc she keeps that helps her work towards a wee bit of sketching everyday. Each day has a one-line entry. The end of December looked like this for me:
It’s almost irrelevant what I drew and how long I sketched everyday, but the one red NOTHING day bothered me enough that another one hasn’t appeared since…
A few things help in drawing everyday:
1) having my supplies right by me, either in a sketchbag or on my work desk.
2) being okay with drawing anything, and drawing it over and over.
I sketched that cat so many times. You can see in that last shot that my sketchbook is on top of my computer keypad as I draw because the cat came and sat right where I was working and I just reached for my supplies and drew him.
On a day when I haven’t drawn all day I know I can still count on drawing the kids in the evening. Each of these spreads was done within one 20-minute practice session that the kids do most evenings.
I sketch on a continual basis, but it’s in fits and starts. 5 sketches one day. Nothing for the next few days, then another burst of sketches. I’d like to see if drawing everyday brings something to my work.
That’s my modest little sketching resolution for 2020. What’s yours?