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Basic 102: Class 3 - Sketching

Drawing 102: Class 3

Sketching for Real

“You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”
John Singer Sargent

"It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character."
Camille Pissarro

“It’s amazing how loose some people become in their sketchbook drawing simply because they have a carefree approach and don’t become locked down in trying to make finished works”
Robert Wade


This is an intermediate level class aimed at developing your existing drawing knowledge and skills with a view to sketching – outside, in public without any photographs or visual aids. Well maybe the odd one or two – but there are definitely no reference photographs in this class!

At the end of this class you will understand better how to apply your existing knowledge to help you to:
  • Draw more quickly so you can sketch within time constraints
  • Sketch outside
  • Sketch in public
This class will not teach you to draw. The class instruction assumes that people have existing drawing skills acquired through study elsewhere or through following at least some of the previous drawing lessons in the Drawing 101 and Drawing 102 series.

This class formally lasts from 5th-18th June 2006 but will continue to be supported by the Drawing and Sketching Forum after that.

There is a lot to read – please take your time.

So why should I do this class?

Drawing from life, sketching outside and sketching in public – maybe you’ve never done at least one of those things before? Why not?
  • You don’t ‘sketch’ or at least you don’t think you do; you’re maybe not even very sure what sketching is (see ‘What is a Sketch’).
  • Maybe you don’t draw very quickly. You just KNOW you’d never be able to get finished in time – whatever that is.
  • Maybe you’re a bit afraid. They have people in public places!
  • They’d ask you to do their portraits.
  • They might creep up behind you / look over your shoulder and give you a fright.
  • Or maybe the dreaded “critique critters” will be out in force saying really rude things about your drawing (because you’re drawing what’s in front of you and don’t have a reference photograph).
  • Or maybe you had a not so happy experience – once, a long time ago – and you’re scared of starting again.
  • All in all it’s just too nerve-wracking! You lack confidence - and that’s why you’ve never had a go.
A recent poll of nearly 600 artists and would-be artists suggests that only 2% of people have actually had a bad experience which stopped them sketching in public – and a further 60% already sketch in public. A similar poll of WC members “Do You Ever Sketch in Public?” indicates that the majority do. Maybe that might make you think again?

This class can only be a jumping off point. Becoming good at sketching takes practice – and then more practice. However, this class will help you to address many typical concerns and you will start to learn how to:
  • sketch objects or scenes within a time constraint
  • sketch outside, from life (without photographs) and in public.
Imagine there is a way to draw everyday. You know you should be doing this as you know how much it is reputed to improve your drawing skills.

But there’s a problem - you know you just don’t have the time, not with all your other commitments.

Imagine now that you can learn to draw more quickly so that even 5 minutes or 10 minutes out of the day can be used to sketch something new – imagine how much you might gain from this.

Imagine you’re on a holiday. You’d like to be able to sketch what you see. People tell you that if you do you will always have a much better memory of the scene, a much better record of the true colours and values than any photo can provide and that any painting you do will be improved by having done a preliminary study from life.

But there’s a problem. You know you’re quite accomplished at drawing –because everybody back in the Drawing and Sketching Forum at WC is very complimentary about your drawings. However, you know how long they take – and you only know how to draw from photographs.

So – do you want to tackle these problems? Are you ready to have a go at sketching?
  • Assignment 1 will help you with capturing things quickly.
  • If you want to sketch in public then assignments 2 and 3 will help you to do this.
And what’s more, before you know it, you’ll be having such a good time you’ll wonder why you never did this before; you’ll have started your daily sketching blog, be making lots of new friends and going on sketchcrawls!

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Re: Basic 102: Class 3 - Sketching

What is a “sketch”?

A sketch, in art terms can be
  • a way of practising and refining your skills in drawing and mark marking
  • an exploratory drawing – exploring how something works/might work
  • a quick drawing – e.g. sketching in public tends to be time-limited rather than open-ended
  • a rough description – it’s OK if they lack detail; don’t fill the page or are not even completed
  • a record of something you’ve seen
  • a record of one or more aspects of something you want to develop into a painting e.g. a colour study
  • a preliminary study – for a later painting (done before you start to check how your painting will work rather than as an underdrawing on your final support)
A sketch may be an imaginative or a creative interpretation of reference material – but it does not involve meticulous copying of a reference photo.

Very often a sketch is a study of a subject that the artist can see – and consequently involves working and drawing from life. This is the sort of sketch we will focus on in this lesson.

Why sketch?

Sketching broadens and enhances your basic skill base. As you practice and progress, sketching will also help you to:
  • Develop your freehand drawing, mark making and observational skills
  • Draw something everyday – an exercise which will bring fluency and confidence to your drawing
  • Get a better record of the colours and tones you see
  • Practice how to crop a scene and compose a picture
  • Develop finished artwork without relying totally on a reference photo
People who sketch gain value from the following activities:
  • Practicing freehand drawing skills – tracing reference images and using grids can mean that some artists lose their fluency in freehand drawing skills or fail to develop them at all. Sketching improves freehand drawing. With practice comes fluency and the ability to draw more quickly and make more creative and interesting marks.
  • Drawing with minimal aids – when the only drawings aids you have are your pencils and maybe a viewfinder, you soon learn to develop your observational skills. Looking more carefully means you get better at measuring judging by eye alone. You also understand much better ‘how’ a view works – you understand the architectural perspective, the aerial perspective and grasp the recession which often gets flattened in a photograph.
  • Ability to see values and colours – unless you are an expert photographer, once you start to sketch and compare your sketch with photos you took at the same time, you will learn very quickly just how poor photographs are at capturing the true range of tonal values that you have seen. In addition, because you learn to look more carefully at colours, you will also begin to understand how most photographs can distort both contrast and colour, particularly on very bright days. Take photographs to record details and check drawing and sketch to get values and colours correct.
  • Ability to see ‘pictures’ - Once you start to sketch and practice looking at your environment more, you will start to “see pictures” everywhere you go. For many people this marks the point when they know they are beginning to think like an artist. You’ll find you will start using your very own fingers and thumbs to construct a viewfinder to check out potential images to sketch. (Do try to avoid driving the car at the same time!) You will soon find yourself wanting to learn more about about the design and composition of your drawings and paintings. You will want to practice sketching to develop your skills in making choices in this area.
Assignments – the basic approach

There are three assignments
  • Assignment 1: So You Want to Sketch………
  • Assignment 2: Sketching the Familiar – but from life and outside
  • Assignment 3: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone – Sketching in Public
The reference threads (or “field trips”) for each assignment are posted after the details of all three assignments.

The approach I’m using for this class is underpinned by the following principles:
  • Self-assessment is the name of the game. Out of the classroom and in the field, you’re on your own – so you need to develop skills in self-assessment. So with every assignment, post your work and then say what you think you did well, what you learned and what you think you can improve.
  • Nobody is allowed to identify and comment on weaknesses in anybody’s sketch unless they have a very good understanding, through experience, of the differences between drawing from a reference photo and sketching from life or they are also doing this class. The reason for this is that sketching from life is a very, very different experience from drawing from reference photos. What you can achieve in your own personal ‘comfort zone’ and what you might produce ‘in the field’ are always going to be two very different results. They shouldn’t be compared. People also tend to feel much more sensitive about their sketches as they won’t have the degree of finish they know they can achieve when working in other ways. It’s important to be positive about what has been achieved. So – if you want to comment and are not doing the class, you need to show us your sketches – from life and done outside – or start the class and do the assignments!
  • I won’t be criticising your sketches at all – as I can’t compare it to a photo as no photo can possibly portray exactly what you will have been able to see in front of you.
  • If you identify a weakness which you think you need help with then see if you work out what help to address this. I will also try to help with some constructive suggestions. I will also help you out with any queries you have and any difficulties you encounter. However I won’t know all the answers – but we can try and work it out together.
  • The most important thing about the whole class is that:
    • You learn how to make time for your sketching
    • You feel comfortable about sketching and how to sketch in a way which suits you
    • You learn something about what your personal signature style might look like when sketching.
    • If you also get to sketch in public and thoroughly enjoy it, that’s a bonus.
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Re: Basic 102: Class 3 - Sketching

Assignment 1 / Week 1: So you want to sketch…..

Do you know what you can achieve in two hours, an hour, half an hour, 15 minutes or 5 minutes? You’ll have a much better idea after doing this assignment!


I’m going to start with a very practical issue – time. That is finding time to sketch, how long it takes you to draw and having to observe a time limit for sketching – which is imposed either by yourself or your subject.
This first assignment is therefore about:
  • Getting familiar with drawing quickly
  • Learning how to sketch within time constraints
  • Not fussing about the finish level
  • Getting the essence of a subject down
We’ll start with the last two.

Things to Think About – how to sketch

But I don’t know to sketch! What do I have to do?

There is no one right way to sketch – just have a go and see what works for you. When you start to sketch, you have the freedom to find a new way of making marks. Try and find out what is your own signature style (everybody’s is different).
Some tips:
  • Always remember that a sketch is a preliminary drawing or study. Which means:
-You do not have to draw the same way you normally work
-You do not have to be “perfect” – people who normally exercise a lot of control to draw highly refined drawings may have difficulty with this one (I did – it took me a very long time to learn how to scribble – but if you keep practising it comes in time and you can even enjoy letting go! )
-You do not have to draw everything
-You do not have to erase if you don’t want to
-You do not have to work the whole sketch to the same level.....or even finish
-You do not have to compose a picture – that can come later with more practice
  • Draw what you see not what you think you see – keep looking all the time. You can always tell people who are sketching – they’re the ones whose heads are bobbing up and down all the time. As you become more expert and learn to draw more quickly you may well find your head stays up more for more of the time.
  • Find something to use as a reference for a unit of measurement – and keep measuring as you sketch
  • Try and find an anchor point from which to measure distances. (I often work out what the centre of my sketch is before I start and that helps with positioning on the page)
  • If it all seems too much just choose a place to start and work out from there – this can be the same as your anchor point. If you don’t get it all on the page remember it’s just a sketch and try and work out what went wrong.
  • Identify the main contrasts between colours, tones, textures – this helps with identifying potential focal points for your sketch
  • Go for big shapes rather than detail – it’s surprising how few details are needed to identify a shape (e.g. a few tile shapes on a roof; a few leaves on a tree)
  • Look for negative shapes – they’re incredibly helpful to developing an ability to draw quickly and accurately
  • Describe the differences in values in simple terms (try practising hatching). Five values is probably the minimum for any sketch with tone. If you’re used to using a value scale then try using it for sketching.
  • Try making marks in different ways – and think about differences in texture when you do.
  • Using pen and ink is a really good discipline when trying to ‘get your eye in’ – it makes you look more carefully as there is no scope for erasure.
  • Try recording colours in different ways – but initially focus on sketching without colour until you’re happy you’re getting the hand of it.
  • Make sure you study what you’re trying to draw and try not to look down too much. Observe, draw, check, correct and check again.
Things to think about – drawing quickly

But I can’t draw quickly! I don’t know how to.

Your sketching generally will benefit from being able to draw quickly as this helps you to:
  • Let go of the ‘control’ that you may normally employ when drawing.
  • Exercise your visual muscles and stimulates hand-eye co-ordination.
  • Do more sketches in the time available
  • Be much less bothered by any sketches that don’t quite work out!
Drawing quickly is a skill which can only be developed over time and with practice. People going to life drawing classes for the first time often say that the quick 2-5 minute poses at the beginning are the most difficult. However, they soon begin to understand the huge value that learning to draw quickly can bring. You learn ways of conveying a lot with a little - how few lines or marks are required to represent an image. Lots of practice at looking carefully and drawing quickly helps most people to achieve much more than they ever thought possible

This assignment is a set of exercises which are the equivalent of ‘doing scales’ if you were a pianist or a singer. You can do them anywhere and at any time but they should ideally be done as often as you can.
You may be sketching a person or an animal in a particular pose. You may try to sketch the effect of light at a particular time. Remember that you’re not producing a finished drawing, it doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to sketch everything – but you do need to work out the key things you do need to draw for the sketch to make sense.

If you feel you’re getting quite good at drawing quickly and want to step up a gear , try the following. You’ll draw faster if you can:
  • Draw at least some of the time without looking at your paper (akin to blind contour drawing and typing without looking at the keyboard)
  • Store information you have observed after something has moved – and then draw it. Pets are great for practising this!

Assignment 1: What you need to do

Practice drawing quickly from life at home. Before your first sketching trip outside, try seeing what you can sketch at home within set time limits.
This assignment is about doing the sketching equivalent of the “quickies” which people do at the beginning of most life drawing classes. These are essential and you will find these difficult to begin with BUT I guarantee that you will gain confidence and get better the more you do. The main benefit is that it trains your eye to observe more acutely and develops speed in hand-eye co-ordination.

You should choose people / objects / scenes in your own home. What you choose is less important than that you practice drawing quickly. However, you MUST NOT use a photograph to practice drawing quickly.

Set aside an hour in two half an hour slots and produce:
  • 3 sketches of 5 minutes each
  • 1 x 10 minute sketch
  • 1 x 15 minute sketch
  • 1 x 20 minute sketch
Try and practice the shapes and type of perspective which you might encounter when you go outside. Try drawing using line only. Try drawing using values only. Do you have time for both? Work out whether drawing in lines or values works better for you.

You’ll find this quite tiring because of the intense observation involved. You may be very disappointed about the quality of the sketches produced. Don’t be. If you’re really, really upset I’ll dig out my old sketchbooks from life drawing class and show you what I used to produce when I started doing 5 minute sketches at the beginning of a life drawing class!

If you have another hour produce 2 x 30 minute sketches. And if you have more time, see what you can do in an hour time slot or two hours.

However, the emphasis needs to be on lots of practice in sketching in short time slots. This is about learning to draw differently and quickly in order to sketch in public eventually.

When you have finished:
  • Post some or all your ‘quickie’ sketches in this thread – make sure you say how long they took
  • Say what you did well/what you learned and then say what you’re still finding difficult / did less well and need to work on and improve.
  • Note anything you noticed as you tried drawing more quickly
  • Evaluate the impact drawing quickly has on your sketching style

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Assignment 2 / Week 1: Sketching the familiar - from life and outside

Your second assignment is to complete a freehand sketch from life and outside / in somewhere familiar where you feel comfortable and are unlikely to be disturbed.

This assignment builds on what you learned in Assignment 1 and is the sketching outside equivalent of dipping a toe in the water! For your first ‘field trip’ outside, try your garden or yard or maybe a nice quiet park. Basically anywhere where you feel comfortable and probably won’t be disturbed by anybody – even your family (especially your family?).

The purpose of Assignment 2 is for you to:
  • assemble what you would need to sketch outside the home – and find a sketch kit which works for you (it varies from person to person)
  • become competent at using your sketch kit ‘as if’ you were in public
  • tackle new challenges associated with sketching from life outside; and
  • evaluate the impact sketching outside has on how you draw
Time your efforts. Maybe identify a regular time to sketch each day. Remember to observe how your style of drawing evolves so that you can draw in a “sketchy” way as well as a more refined way.

Some tips:

A basic sketching kit might comprise just a sketchbook and pencil. However think about the choices you have and what else you might need:
  • Something to draw on: Type of support / sketchbook / size of sketchbook:
    • small and unobtrusive sketchbooks don’t tend to attract as much attention in public; larger sketchbooks enable you to draw more of a scene
    • sketchbooks which lie flat enable you to sketch across the double page spread
    • sketchbooks with a hardback mean you don’t need a support for the paper
    • watercolour paper in blocks or sketchbooks enable you to use watercolours if you choose
  • Something to draw with: Type of drawing instrument
    • Make sure you have supplies of what ever you find easiest to use – and try this first.
    • Practice drawing first – and then move on to sketching with paints.
    • Make colour a second priority; introduce colour after you feel comfortable drawing quickly
    • Pencil is a good choice, mechanical pencils don’t require sharpening – but don’t provide any variation in quality of line.
    • Pen and ink requires a suitable surface and refills for the ink.
    • Pencils require a sharpener and an eraser.
  • Something to sit on Find something light and portable - unless you’re planning all your sketches in cafes and bars or from a bench in the park!
  • Drawing aids in the field
    • Visors and baseball caps help you to see and draw your subject without having the sun in your eyes and without having to use sunglasses (which distort both value and colour)
    • Try using a viewfinder – you can make it from a piece of card and take out a rectangle in the middle. Be sure that the frame obscures surrounding images so that the view finder works like the viewfinder on your camera.
    • Try using a scalefinder – this is a Perspex sheet with a grid. It helps to check relative proportions if a subject is complex.
  • Basic protection
    • Make sure you pack sun cream and suitable clothing to protect your skin from the sun
    • Pack bug cream or sprays if you’re likely to be bothered
    • Some people find a cell phone reassuring
  • Something to carry it all in
    • Make sure whatever you decide to take is in something which is easy to carry.
    • Lots of pockets (in your jacket/coat or bag) make it easy to find things.
Things to think about – what needs to be accommodated
  • Think about where the sun is – and where it’s moving to. What looks great right now might look completely different in half an hour.
  • Aim for shelter from any wind – it’s difficult to draw when paper is flapping. Make sure you have packed some bulldog clips.
Things to think about – that you can control
  • Try using a view finder to identify what to draw
  • If sketching a scene, work out:
    • Your eyeline (re. perspective)
    • the boundaries of the picture plane (use view finder)
    • relative proportions (use scale finder)
    • The big shapes in the key zones: background, middle ground and foreground – and think about aerial perspective and its impact on definition, value and colour across these zones
    • The major and minor lines in your sketch – and how these can be represented
    • The number of values in your sketch and where they are. I suggest there are usually at least five values. Squint to see your values. Work out where your darkest darks are and your lightest lights. And then where the middle tone is.
  • If you want to compose a sketch (and you don’t have to unless you’re trying something out for a possible painting), then a composition checklist can be useful (but no rules have to be followed).See also the reference link in the reference section. You might to think about:
    • Placement of the focal point and pathways to it and around the sketch
    • the golden mean / 'rule of thirds' - here's an explanation from a photographer with pictures
    • finding objects with similar/repeating shapes
    • the design of the basic value shapes - does the sketch 'read' as a thumbnail or does it look confusing?
Assignment 2: What you have to do
  • Assemble a basic sketching kit.
  • Identify if you forgot to pack anything in your basic kit (e.g. sharpener, eraser, spare ink cartridges)
  • Don’t pamper yourself too much! Try drawing sat on a folding stool or with a sketchbook on you knee!
  • Note how well you respond to and deal with the challenges of drawing from life outside. Reflect on:
    • The weather and the light, how it changes and how this impacts on you
    • Use of your viewfinder and/or camera viewfinder – how did you find drawing a scene with being able to see the edges as you can with a photograph?
    • Your differentiation of different value zones
When you have finished:
  • Post some or all your ‘outside at home’ sketches in this thread – make sure you say how long they took
  • Evaluate the impact of sketching on the way you draw, say what worked well and what you need to work on.
  • Say what changes, if any, you will make to your sketching kit before assignment 3.
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Assignment 3 / Week 1-2: Getting out of your comfort zone – Sketching in Public


Sketching in public is a big “No No” for many people. The logistics of organising yourself to sketch in public and dealing with the weather are as nothing compared to the fears of what might happen to you! People might talk to you; make rude or silly comment remarks; laugh at your sketches; ask you to do their portrait – you name it, I’ve heard it.

However, the reality for many artists is that many do sketch on a regular basis and positively enjoy what they do – and keep doing it. A recent poll of nearly 600 people visiting the About Painting site suggested that as many as 60% sketch in public at least sometimes and over a quarter (28% or 169 people) sketch anywhere and everywhere.

People sometimes make completely inane comments but YOU WILL COPE. I guarantee that it won’t be a tenth as frightening as you think it will be. You just need to develop some strategies for coping with your anxieties.

For example, try thinking about sketching from a different perspective. I sketch in restaurants and cafes on a regular basis. As soon as I start to sketch I always get excellent service from the waiting staff (who always want to know if they’re in the picture). 100% of the comments I get are from people who are genuinely interested and tend to admire your skills (no matter what the calibre of drawing). However, they might also want to tell you about a child prodigy of their acquaintance or tell you how they have never been able to draw[1]. You can handle this!

Things to think about – what needs to be accommodated
  • All the things from assignment 2 concerning weather and light
Things to think about – that you can control
  • Always pick a view which speaks to you at a personal level and that you’ll enjoy doing – I guarantee that it’s the one that stays in your brain as you walk around looking at options
  • Practice identifying views to sketch when you have no kit with you. You’ll end up with a list of views you want to do and you’ll never have a problem about what to do next!
  • Don’t plonk yourself down in a place with foot traffic – you’ll just get bumped and jostled and find the whole experience thoroughly unpleasant.
  • Try and find a spot which means nobody can come up behind you. Having your back to a wall or sitting in a corner are both good options.
  • If you’re female and on your own be very, very sensible about picking isolated spots and let people know where you’ve gone.
  • If you climb down (or up) to something with all your kit, do make sure you are capable of climbing back up (or down) with all your kit! Or even without it?
  • Work out where “the facilities” are before you need them! Believe me, you’ll be amazed at how engrossed you can get in your sketching………..
  • Don’t be afraid of choosing something small or doing several small sketches of small details – you don’t have to do everything!
  • If the drawing challenge just swamps you, take photos and then just try doing colour swatches and a value scale – makes note of which colour / value relates to which bit of the image in question.
Assignment 3: What you have to do

Your assignment for the second week is to spend as much time as you have available sketching in public. That’s it! This is the “getting out of the comfort zone” “feel the fear and do it anyway” assignment!
You can do as many or as few sketches as you like – but they have to be in a public place.

Before you go on your “field trip” for real you will need to:
  • Identify potentially suitable locations
  • Think about how you can make time (remembering that you’re doing sketches and have practised drawing for short intervals) e.g. is this something you can do during your lunch break at work?
  • Practice drawing quickly (Assignment 1)
  • Find a folding chair (Assignment 2) or locate somewhere with seats to sketch
  • Assemble an easily portable sketching kit (see Assignment 2)
If you’re feeling nervous or uncertain, I suggest you try the following first:
  • Sketch an interior
    • No light or weather issues to deal with
    • Try a café of coffee shop or similar where the basic structure stays the same but people tend to come and go
    • Practice drawing people from a distance. See how much (or rather how little) detail is needed to represent a person. Skip the details you don’t need
  • Sketch outside and see how you cope with choosing a view, finding somewhere to locate yourself, dealing with the changing light and the weather. Don’t worry about how the sketch comes out, get comfortable with the process first.
When you have completed your assignment,
  • post your completed sketches in this thread – and give it a title if you think it deserves one
  • State how long the sketches took you and what media you used
  • Identify what you learned, what went well and what you still need to work on
  • Invite comments and criticisms which might be less than totally complimentary only if you wish to receive them. Be specific as to any query you have.
[1] When people tell me they’ve never been able to draw but wish they could I always tell them about Betty Edwards’s book “Drawing on the Right Side of your Brain” which is very accessible and teaches people how to see. If they look internet savvy you might also mention the Drawing 101 classes!
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Reference Threads / The other sort of “Fieldtrip”

These references relate to sketching and preliminary drawings. They show you how other artists have sketched over the centuries up to the current day – and also provide some additional material and support for sketching in public. You might want to take a browse through the reference threads before you start, particularly those which show you sketchbooks of well known artists – and people who currently have sketchbook blogs.

Why people sketch
  • Playing with the Provisional – a review of a lecture by Professor Deanna Petherbridge, formerly Professor of Drawing at the Royal College of Art
Books with frameworks for self-evaluation
  • Bert Dodson “Keys to Drawing” (paperback)
Art History – some artists who sketched a lot outside/in public

This list was put together by me with the enthusiastic assistance of Judy Pinkrybns who is the Moderator of the Art History Forum – thanks for all your help Judy. We’re going to create a thread for these sketching references in the Art History Forum so if you have any good ones you’ll be able to add them in there.Technical Reference LinksWet Canvas - Reference Threads

These are some reference threads from within Wet Canvas
  • Do You Ever Sketch in Public?” - a poll within the Drawing and Sketching forum with people’s comments on their responses.
  • Venice Blog” – a thread I produced showing sketches I produced while in Venice. It includes some tips about sketching generally and pictures of my overseas holiday sketchkit
  • Getting Out of Our Comfort Zone” – a thread I started relating to sketching with coloured pencils.
  • “I’m a sketchbook sinner – anyone else” – the sketchbook: workhorse or show horse? a D&S Forum thread discussing what people put in their sketchbooks –
  • What’s your favourite make of sketchbook?” - I started this thread just before this one so that people will have somewhere to discuss different brands of sketchbooks and their relative pros and cons.
  • "Drawing 101: Sketching" this was the sketching thread from the Drawing 101 Basic classes
  • In addition both the Drawing and Sketching forum and the Artwork from Life have regular ‘round robin’ sketching threads which are popular.
Sketch Blogs

These are some weblogs which show you how other people sketch all the time and everywhere.
  • Laurelines – Laura has a theme for each month and produces a sketch – working from life – on that theme each day. She does a lot of her sketches in public places. You can see the sketches of themes from previous months in the galleries in the left hand column.
  • Learning Daily – Cindy does brilliant line contour drawings and posts them virtually every day. Take a look at all the sketches she did in May in Boston and New York.
  • A Creative Journey – Karen has no fear of sketching in public and loves her sketchbooks.
  • One Mile From Home – you can get fit while sketching! Julie walks a mile, makes a record of where she has been (usually with a sketch) and then walks home again – everyday!
Do this class and next time you might be participating or organising your own local sketchcrawl!

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My goodness, that took some organisation [phew!] but we're now open for enrollment!
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I'm enrolling but need time to read this carefully ........ Katherine for all the effort!!!!!!
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If you want to add any links to sketchbooks by well-known artists then please visit the Famous Artists sketchbooks and sketch collections thread in the Art History Forum which lists the art history references identified above and which has been started for this purpose
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This is brilliant Katherine and very new to me so I will concentrate on this more than ever!
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WOW, you put some work into this already, very impressive.
Please Please Please may I enroll.
Aand now to read it all indepth.
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Officially, I am in! I have to draw a bowl of mushrooms and I have this job thing that I do but I am putting daily time aside to sketch, Katherine--this looks very exciting! PLUS!!! I get to pull some more pig tails!!!
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Count me in. I will start on this tomorrow. GOing to bed with a head cold right now. Hopefully will feel better tomorrow. Midge
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I love challenges. I'm going to participate in this one if there are no objections!
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Wow- Katherine-I will need some time to read all of this. TY for all your hard work!
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