Hi friends! The best habit you can do to improve your art is to sketch a bit everyday. Taking just 20 minutes a day to practice will serve you better than on 2 hour session on the weekend. Think of it this way, would it be better to lift light weights for 20 minutes 5 days a week or carry a piano up a flight of stairs once a week? Daily exercise of course! Hey, if you can draw or paint for an hour a day that’s even better but for now just aim for 15-20 minutes. If you are afraid that you won’t have anything to sketch just draw what you see. I also recommend making a personalized reference file folder where you can keep photos you might want to paint or draw. I use an expandable file folder and I collect clippings from magazines, seed catalogs, computer print-outs and photographs I have taken. I have been collecting these snippets for years and I learned to do this from my art teacher who had a filing cabinet full of folders of images. I learned to draw in the pre-internet days of the 1980s so if you needed a reference image you went to your folders or the library! I find that the internet can be a massive distraction so if you can access the visual info without getting sucked into the rabbit hole all the better. So if you are wondering how you will ever find 20 minutes to sketch each day might I suggest turning off the computer or smart phone. At least that is where my time seems to get sucked away. Present blogs excluded, this is not a waste of time LOL:)
I have decided to film some of my morning warm up sketches to share my process. Feel free to sketch along! One more thing, I want to stress that drawing from life is probably the best way to understand light and form so be sure to sketch your cat or the fruit on your table or anything else you see in real life. It will make the work you do from reference photos look more authentic. Here is the reference photo I used and I chose to only sketch the duckling that was fully visible.
I added a vague puddle and stones to complete the sketch. Please not that I did not get the feet right at the start and notice what I did to adjust them during the sketch. Watercolor pencils are nice for this rework-ability but feel free to use a regular pencil if you prefer!
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Coming up tomorrow!
It ‘a day of live painting classes on YouTube, I have teamed up with Angela Anderson and Cinnamon Cooney to bring you a day of live painting! Angela will be live with an acrylic castle tutorial at 11am, I will follow at 12:30pm and Cinnamon Cooney (the Art Sherpa) will paint after me in acrylics! It will be a lot of fun and don’t worry, we will record our classes so you can watch them later if you can’t make it live! I am so excited to be a part of this collab. I will have more info in this tomorrow morning,til then, happy crafting!