Exercise No.1 – Quick Line Drawings while Baking
Quick line drawings take very little time. Setting up a perfect still life, gathering sketchbook and pen, stopping along the way to check my email….. those are the culprits that feed upon my time.
Having a sketchbook and fountain pen with me at all times, and I do mean at all times, is my answer when asked how I find time to draw so much. While making the cookie dough for the traditional Chocolate Chip Crescent Cookies dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles or crushed nuts, I took several five minute breaks to draw quick line sketches of my cooking utensils.
By the time the dough was chilling in the refrigerator, I had added four drawings to my sketchbook. More important than the quick sketches is the daily practice of exercising my eye/hand coordination.
I don’t wait to be inspired or to be in the mood to draw. I don’t ask myself whether or not something is worth drawing…. I simply draw. The key is having a sketchbook and drawing tool within reach. If my sketchbook and fountain pen had not been in the kitchen, I would have waited until the dough was chilling and the bowls were cleaned. At that point I might have decided to water the plants or to do another load of wash. The moments of opportunity would have already vanished.
Either carry a small sketchbook and drawing tool in a pocket or place a sketchbook and drawing tool in every room where you spend time on a daily basis. When you are in that room for more than fifteen minutes, do a quick sketch …. very quick …… no fuss, no details, no judgement of good or bad. If you are in the room for longer, take a few more sketching breaks. Make sure to date your sketches.