Dedicated to Daily Sketching

One of my goals for 2019 is to sketch each day.  So far, I have been choosing to sketch in the early morning hours prior to leaving for work.  This seems to work well with my natural ebb & flow of energy.  My mind is the sharpest and most focused during the morning hours.

My weekdays are full of both professional and family responsibilities, so free time can be limited.  However, I am dedicated to making sketching a normal part of my daily routine.

I started taking drawing seriously in the fall of 2016 and continued to draw all of 2017.  However, I moved away from drawing in 2018 to pursue other interest and looking back on it I feel that it was a poor decision.

In the past I have treated my sketchbooks as though they were precious items that can only contain “good” drawings.  I am realizing that this leads to a fear of experimentation.  This year I intend to make a habit of being free within my sketchbook.  Free to experiment, free to make mistakes, this will ultimately lead to growth in my drawing abilities and creativity.

So in 2019 expect to see more drawings and sketches on this blog.  Today, I am sharing a couple of pages from my sketchbook / journal that I carry with me daily.

Both pages below contain pen and ink eye studies.

photo jan 11, 8 37 55 pm

photo jan 11, 8 38 05 pm

Thanks for visiting,

Mike L.

13 thoughts

  1. I should do more of that aswell , isn’t it for many how family responsibilities ect, tie you up to putting what you love found g since left school,

    Then came computer graphics over 15 years ago and it took over daily sketching

    Good luck on getting it all back

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  2. Nice work, Michael! Drawing every day is one of my goals this year also. I know what you mean about being precious with sketchbooks and thinking only “good” drawings should be in them. Getting past that is so helpful in getting the work done. Sometimes I need the reminder that I don’t have to show anyone the stuff in the book if I don’t want to.

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    • Thank you. As I said, I have really struggled with “letting go” in my sketchbooks in the past. I am really working hard to learn that it is a mistake to view a sketchbook as anything other than your own personal art playground.
      I always enjoy viewing your work. Please don’t hesitate to share your daily sketches here on WP!

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  3. First, thank you for liking “Made-up Trees” on my website. Second, I really like your eyes and they can be a challenge. I always begin with eyes when doing people or animal portraits. If they are not right, everything is wrong.

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