Sick day is Sketch day!
Me and my one year old weren’t at peak health today, so we did a cuddle sketch. You can see her work there in green. 🙂
I’m a firm believer in the idea that an artist should NEVER stop sketching. Even if you are creating a body of work that is nothing like your sketches at all. Your sketch book is where you get to be free from organization and a cohesive body of work. Sketches serve a whole different purpose.
You sketch, and you keep that child like spark of creativity, while discovering and improving skills.
Depending on how you are sketching determines the skills you are working on. If you are sketching purely from imagination you are working on creativity. If you are sketching from a still life or model you are working on observation, and probably banking some things you notice in your memory.
If I were ever to mentor another artist, my first piece of advice would be to sketch, sketch often, and never stop.
It’s like lifting weights in a gym for a baseball player. If you never lift weights you aren’t as likely to hit a home run. If you just paint, in your style, and never sketch, you aren’t working out.
If that makes sense at all. 🙂