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Sketchcrawl of a Day: Racing to Complete Sketchbooks by January 1

Bedside Table Morning
Bedside Table with Coffee & "An Illustrated Life" - Morning
morning walk
DeLuxe Parked - morning walk
Midday
Poodle Waiting at Trader Joes, El Cerrito - Midday
Busby Napping After Dinner
Busby Annoyed, Trying to Nap - After Dinner
Fiona "As Seen on TV" Evening
Fiona "As Seen on TV" (literally) - Evening
Messy Desk - Evening
Messy Desk - Late Evening

I challenged myself to do a sketchcrawl of my day, making a 10 minute drawing (almost) every hour, wherever I was at the moment.  I was surprised by how many times during the day I saw things I’d like to draw. But I waited for my timer to tell me,  “Now!” and then started drawing.  If I was out and about, I added the watercolor at home in the evening.

Reading Danny Gregory’s book, An Illustrated Life,  inspired me to get back to my sketchbooks which I’d been neglecting while I focused on oil painting this past year. As a result of that neglect, I had half a dozen unfinished sketchbooks that I’ve challenged myself to complete by the end of the year. Hence the sketchcrawl above (and more to come as the year draws to a close, or should I say, “as I draw the year (and my sketchbooks) to a close!

More sketching = more fun!

21 replies on “Sketchcrawl of a Day: Racing to Complete Sketchbooks by January 1”

What a great idea…I have a number of unfinished books too…I just might have to give myself a boot in the bum and do something similar! Cool subjects…and a great little collection of sketches from your day! 🙂

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Thanks Margaret Ann,
It has definitely gotten me going and I’m looking forward to having the
sketchbooks on my shelf and done and being able to work chronologically
instead of randomly. Jana

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What a good idea Jana 🙂

I’m sure that keeping a sketchbook going all the time is ‘a good thing to do’. I’ve never tried keeping one which I was trying to finish by a specific time – but I can see how your approach would work!

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Thanks Shirley. Yes, the timer was set for every hour except for a few hours when I was oil painting. And I also chose to reset it for a little later when I was in the middle of something when it rang. Jana

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This really is a good idea, and why am I not surprised that I found it here? You do have such good ones. I really like this set, and me too, on looking forward to the next batch. What fun.

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I wish I did more sketching. I think it would be a challenge for me even to set a timer to go off every hour and just think about what I would sketch.

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Everytime I check into your blog, it looks like such fun…it reminds me to do more of my own sketching. Thank you for the book title, “An Illustrated Life” – I’m going to order it.

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