Recently, I’ve been sharing with my friends and family tips on how to draw.
A few of the things I’ve heard a lot are:
- “I don’t know what to draw.”
- “I don’t have enough time to draw.”
- “I don’t feel confident in my drawings.”
In response, I’ve been saying:
- Draw anything – especially things that give you joy or that grab your attention.
- Draw quickly. Anyone can find five minutes for a drawing.
- Have fun. It’s totally okay to make a mess.
One of the main lessons I’ve been sharing is drawing with one line. One-line-drawing is always quick and lots of fun.
I’ve also encouraged my friends to use a waterbrush as this is a quick and easy way to add colour.
Here are some of the sketches “Mommabear” created:
We also had a “sketch off” drawing Stikeez toys. Here’s Mammabear’s (she calls them squidgies) sketch:
And here’s mine:
Another day while out for a beer, I encouraged my friend Drift to draw a beer glass:
While Drift was adding colour, as often happens when you’re drawing in public, a stranger approached and started a conversation. The stranger identified himself as a pagan, and admired Drift’s loose, vibrant brushwork.
The stranger talked about how drawing can help you feel more in tune with all things, something I often feel when my drawing.
He then commented on Drift’s drawing: “I like it. I like it a lot. There’s madness in your perimeters.”
I think that’s a good aspiration for all sketchers.
May you, too, have madness in your perimeters.