This is another drawing from my morning sketch practice.  This time I chose to create a sketch of a pine comb using a photo reference.

Pine comb sketch

I am certainly enjoying my new found dedication to sketching.  It is amazing how much calmer and focused my mornings are now that I have began sketching again.

Once I am awake, showered, and dressed I take a seat at my drawing table with a fresh cup of coffee next to me.  I open Pandora and select my favorite classical station, then turn the volume down so it is just loud enough to provide some low background music.  I then pick up my pen and sketch for 30-40 mins.  The act of “no pressure” casual sketching relaxes me and calms my mood.  This seems to set the tone for the remainder of the morning and gets me off to a good start.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mike L.

PS, I managed to squeeze in a bit of photography during an ice storm this past weekend.  I hope to publish those photos in a day or two.

About the Author Michael Lovette

I'm an artist living in the foothills of NC (USA). I'm an average joe, married nearly 30 years to my high school sweetheart with 2 wonderful children and a four-legged old lady named Katie.


  1. Wow! It’s a lovely ink-sketch of the pinecone and I especially liked the texture of the branch: great artwork. Like others, I thought your morning routine sounded like a wonderful way to begin the day.

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  2. Great sense of depth there, very well represented.

    Glad the habit is starting to be formed, there’s a theory about sticking with it for 21 days and it’ll become a natural part of your daily life. I’ve found it to be partially true, certainly if I go a few days without drawing then I notice it.

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    1. Thanks, I have been concentrating more on WP and rededicating myself to daily sketching. I am really enjoying the process of loosening up and sketching simply for the pleasure of it! Of course, I’m still on the lookout for photo opps as well.

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