Thursday, December 20, 2018

And we’re back!

It's been a long time since the original Sketchbook Challenge ran and lately I (Sue Bleiweiss) have been missing it.    I had such a great time with that project and the result of it was the publication of my first book and it also started me on the path to working and developing my own style of quilting.  I still do use a sketchbook but the focus is primarily on working through ideas for quilts.  I don’t spend much, if any time on just drawing random things.  Then I read the book Draw your Day (which I reviewed here) and I like the concept so much I thought I would give it a try but I found that it wasn’t working for me.  I was spending too much time drawing random things from my day and it was taking time from other things.   I would end up spending a couple hours or more drawing and then painting and while I love doing it, I was starting to feel like it was too much to commit to as an every day project.  So I simplified a bit…

I picked up a small 5″ square watercolor sketchbook and starting drawing just one thing a day.  One
thing that represents something that I did that particular day.  This makes it much more manageable and because the size of the paper is small I don’t feel overwhelmed by having to fill it up.  There’s just enough room for one large drawing or several small ones.  I spend anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes at any one point during the day.  I do a quick pencil sketch, then outline in black waterproof ink and add color with a portable watercolor kit and my water brushes.  Sometimes I break up the steps throughout the day.  I might have time to do a pencil sketch and outline but will come back to add color later and there have been a couple of times when I didn’t add the color until the next day.

As you can see I am keeping my drawings simple.  Nothing fancy here!  Just drawing something that
represents what I spent some of my time doing that day.   I have found that it’s very relaxing and it helps disconnect me from the chaos of the day for a little while.  I put together a little sketching/coloring kit in one of my zipit beast pencil cases (I have several of these cases and I love them) so everything I need is portable and easy to grab.  Plenty of room to fit my travel watercolors, a few waterbrushes, pencils, black waterproof pens, eraser, pencil sharpener and a little 6″ long ruler.

My goal is to continue doing a drawing a day through 2019.  If you’re interested in joining along with me pull together a few supplies of your choice and grab one of those sketchbooks gathering dust on the shelf that is still empty because you couldn’t decide what to draw in it.  Start with just one small element from your day.  If you want you can also add some text with your drawing and don’t forget to date your pages.  Just keep it simple! It’s up to you whether or not you want to share photos of your pages but if you do use the hashtag “drawingwithsueb” or “dailydraw2019” so we can find each others drawings easily.  You can also post on the Sketchbook Challenge Facebook page here and there's also a Sketchbook Challenge Instagram account that you can follow now.

Looking forward to sharing this drawing adventure with you through 2019!

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