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Sketching out and about

The quickest route to developing your artistic voice.

The line at the pharmacy, someone waiting for their latte, and window washers are all fantastic subjects to sketch. Drawing something that can move at any moment means there's no time to overthink. Here’s a short & sweet supply list to get you started!

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"Whether your heart is set on the fine arts or animation, quick sketching is the shortest route to training yourself for capturing those spontaneous gestures and poses that are so essential to good drawing." - Walt Stanchfield, writer, teacher, and mentor to Disney animators.

When you develop a habit of drawing real life, you'll notice subtle nuances that give your work character and life, like how humans hold their heads or use their hands to communicate.

Why bring a sketchbook everywhere?

  • You'll create work that's unique to you. Art inspired by your world is essential for developing your creative voice.

  • It's FUN. The spontaneity of not knowing who you'll see, what you'll overhear, and how subjects will behave is exhilarating!

  • Cultivate a healthy habit. Reaching for a pad of paper instead of an electronic device is better for mental health. 

"Break one of your bad habits today. Which one? The habit of not sketching." - Walt Stanchfield.

In the video for paid members, I demo materials I take to draw some fast-moving, trouble-making kittens from inside a conference room at the Humane Society. I also share a few of my favorite resources that have helped me cultivate confidence in practicing in public.

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Introvert Drawing Club
Drawing in Public
Sharing the excitement of drawing everywhere we go.
Beth Spencer