Every day I sketch something - anything. Drawing and sketching are the keys to keeping those hand/eye/brain skills sharp and I can't recommend it enough. With a laptop, tablet or smartphone there is no shortage of opportunities to capture and share sketches, no matter where you are, like this sketch I did on a plane, then captured on a webcam in my hotel room.
I had to travel to Ottawa this week for a few days on business. Travelling gives me a chance to study people in airports and on planes and see how many faces I can capture on a page before they move on.
No time? For those who say they don't have time - you do have time, you just need to make the decision and grab it. Many of my sketches take five minutes or less. This little sketch of the rabbit top on a sugar bowl took less time to draw than it took for my coffee pod to process.
- Sketches are ideas, snapshots of a shape or movement, not finished drawings. Let them be rough, show the construction lines and rethinking that goes on.
- If you spend hours on a sketch, its not a sketch. Don't try to make it perfect.
- Sketches are usually from an object in front of you, not a photograph. Drawing from life lets you see shapes and values more accurately and gives you a wide range of opportunities to capture subjects that you never would be able to otherwise.
- When drawing people be aware that they move all the time. That's ok, they'll always go back to a similar pose and you can start where you left off. Simply start on another person while you wait.
- You can sketch with any marking tool. Pencil, pen, crayon, twig, whatever you like- and on any support. Some of my best sketches are on the back of envelopes or brown wrapping paper scraps.
- If you sketch daily, I can guarantee that your drawing skills will improve immensely. As drawing is the backbone of all art, its a skill that is essential for all artists.
- Look carefully, focus on negative shapes and values. Fill in the broadest shapes and values then work on detail.