Monday, May 23, 2016

Morning Ritual: Quick Sketches

I sketch every morning. I've been doing so for over a week now. I am doing gesture, contour, and mass with contour drawings.

Quick figure sketches, 30 seconds to 10 minutes, really teach one how to see. I will continue to sketch daily for the rest of my life. I absolutely love it and I can only begin to recount how valuable daily sketching is. I saw great improvement last week when I attended a figure drawing session at The Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA.

As far as tools go, I have quite a few drawing media to choose from: graphite pencils, charcoal (yuk - too messy), Conte crayons, a Tombow ABT dual brush pen No. 899, and various other tools. You can sketch with anything that makes a mark, including children's crayons or oil paint. Supports include an imported Ingres laid paper and various sketchbooks accepting different or most media.

I am compelled by the beautiful human figure and could spend the rest of my life drawing it. Arguments erupt on Facebook forums regarding nude renderings. There is a subset of the ignorant who believe nudes are not art, that such renderings are pornographic. Such small minds should disengage themselves from art forums, and never visit a museum (I don't think they have) nor art gallery.

Quick morning sketch, May 23, 2016


  1. I am enjoying your daily morning sketches very much. And I agree with you that nude sketches are indeed ART!

  2. I'm so glad you are enjoying my morning sketches. I've deigned to only post good ones because I'm not sure folks will understand 30 second sketches are not polished.

    Nudes are the foundation of classical art.

    Thank you so much for commenting. <3