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    Default On sketching

    I tried to practise drawing but sketchbooks taught me what practice really meant (The Guardian)

    https://www.theguardian.com/artandde...e-really-meant

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    Good article that confirms what I have realized:

    1. Sketching is more than just means to an end.
    2. Repetition is key, but not joyless repetition. Sketching something you're interested in, is a lot more educational than endlessly drawing lines, cones, and cubes (unless you *are* interested in lines, cones, and cubes).
    3. Filling up a sketchbook is very rewarding. In my current method, this is substituted by photo albums filled with postcard-size sketches. I have 4 now, working on the 5th (while eyeing for good deals on Etchr sketchbook on the side).
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    I drew circles, cones and cubes, but not endlessly, and mostly to learn about light 'n' shadow.
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    Years ago, in junior high school, I failed mechanical drawing. I could draw straight lines with a straight edge, but I absolutely could not judge by sight whether or not they were parallel. So I kept erasing, and exceeded the allowable number of erasures.

    I've done the usual drawing exercises with basic shapes, vanishing points, horizon lines, etc. It does help somewhat, and within limits I don't think it's even that boring. But most of what I do involves sketching actual creatures and objects, and the basics are a means to that end.

    Actually, most of my sketches these past few weeks have been on loose sheets of paper. But I always do have a sketchbook or two with me.

    If I'm drawing in public, I favor a smaller sketchbook, as it allows one to be more discreet. If I use my large 11 x 14 inch one, or even a 7 x 10, it tends to "draw" attention.
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    Thanks for posting this @catbert. Like @Kaputnik, I have pocket sketchbooks whenever, I go out. And like the author, I've spent many hours retrieving my sanity in hospitals, appointment etc.

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    Lately Iíve preferred thin loose sheets that allow me to trace the parts of a drawing that work and revise the rest. Iím not brave or focused enough to draw (or write) in public, though sometimes I take reference photos. That said, I might try using my pocket notebook for more than shopping lists.

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