Draw every day – finding time

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Draw every day – finding time

I don’t know about you guys, but I find it difficult to draw every day.


It’s easier when I am working at home, with free evenings. Once dinner is done and cleared away, I usually do something arty for about two to three hours. Whether it be creating art, updating the website, preparing for a craft show, researching and creating new ideas. Just love this time. Doodle books! But I work away for short period of time, sometimes for five days, which means travelling. So, came across a few cool ideas. Doodle books. Pictured here is a page from my doodle book which is an A5 sketch book. I draw shapes in different colours; squares, circles, ovals, triangles and then my imagination takes over. Using a flow ink pen, I create pictures and scenarios. Some of the images are crazy but really good fun! My doodle book goes with me on the train, in restaurants, to the airport, even if I am invigilating an exam. Have been know for doodling in meetings! Sketch books Again, an A5 sketch book or smaller is ideal to tuck into a work rucksack or large handbag. Sketch books are brilliant for: • Practice mark making – nothing structured • Developing observation – especially around Dorset and Hampshire. • Providing inspiration for future works – autumn leaves in a puddle. • Noting down colour combinations – I developed an abstract acrylic flow artwork from the inspiration of silver birches. Mobile phone pictures Sometimes you are just in a rush and right in front of you is an image, or something that provides inspiration or an idea. Just grab a quick snap of it, because when you see the image again, it will remind you of the feelings that moment provided you. Just grad the moment! It is difficult to draw every day because life is busy. But you can continue to contribute to your art development in many ways. Consider buying a small sketch book and have a go. Website: https://artworkbyjan.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Artworks-by-Jan-100465378128301/ Twitter: @JanUnderdown Instagram: jan.underdown


That is a great idea. Usually, where possible I take "phone" photos and download when I get home. Will give your quick sketch/doodle book a go. Thanks.

I think its a great idea too. I am retired and I don't seem to get the time either! Maybe sometimes thinking I have to sit down and do something structured needs to change - a doodle book could be the answer.

Great idea, I try to sketch something daily but as you say time is the problem. I seem to get a block as soon as I sit down because I try to be too "involved" in completing a picture. I think your Doodle Book is a great Idea as I am a "day dreamer" and I think this would be a way to channel that habit. Thanks, keep safe.

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