Quick journal sketches improve skills and help you get back into the art journaling habit.
I’ve been teaching my students how to begin an art journal these past few months and it has helped me to get back into my own art journaling habit. There is nothing like teaching to keep you motivated and learning!
In practicing what I teach, I’ve been taking snippets of time to do some quick sketches with my drawing or watercolor pen. By keeping my journal and pens out and accessible I pick them up more often. I have found that leaving them on the kitchen counter or coffee table works great!
This sketch was done while I was waiting for my morning coffee to brew. Okay, I confess, I did take a few extra minutes, but it was still only a 10-15 minute sketch I did while standing at the kitchen window. A good break from sitting at the drawing table.
Quick spontaneous sketches like this can seem intimidating at first, but the more often you do them the easier it becomes. The idea is not to focus on the outcome, but to get the creativity flowing and less restricted. For a detail artist like myself it is great exercise!