Sketching is the exercise for artists. It keeps eye/hand coordination sharp and drawing skills intact. Like anything that you wish to become proficient at, it takes practice. Daily practice. Its easy to say there is no time to sketch, but I disagree. There is always time. However we choose to use it becomes the issue.
I choose anytime, any place. Here was my vantage point for the top sketch. A trailer was left in the meadow and it made a comfy platform from which to sketch in the sun.
One of the portions of my current art grant project is the production of a book of sketches on the boats that I will be painting. I don't think I would have ever ventured down such a path if my sketching and drawing skills weren't polished enough to consider it worthwhile.
Tomorrow I head to the Burin Peninsula in hunt for some traditional boats specific to that region. Hopefully, I'll find a Grandy dory in its birthplace, Garnish. Between sketches and photographs I hope to have some material for a couple of paintings. There's a French influence on the Peninsula, which is made up of numerous small towns and is the gateway to the French islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon.
These sketches are in a Stilman & Birn Alpha Series 9" x 6" sketchbook, using pen & ink with watercolour wash.