Sketch Days - Why should I sketch?

Here are some reasons why you should find time to sketch every day.

  • Sketching a subject helps you learn it in great detail
  • Sketching improves creativity by allowing you to get many ideas down on paper quickly
  • Sketching allows you to quickly experiment with different shapes, values, and compositions
  • Sketching forces you to communicate ideas quickly and in the simplest terms
  • Pre-visualizing your ideas lets you discover potential issues early in the creative process
  • Drawing helps maintain and improve hand-eye coordination
  • Well-filled sketchbooks are a treasure trove of ideas and raw creativity

According to this article, trying something for 30 days is a great way to form a habit. If it's true, then Sketch Days is a great opportunity to create a new habit of sketching.

These artists seem to think it's a good idea to sketch regularly:

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good."
- Cennino Cennini

"You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh."
- John Singer Sargent

"It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character."
- Camille Pissaro

"Drawing and color are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more color harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also."
- Paul Cézanne

"The very act of drawing an object, however badly, swiftly takes the drawer from a woolly sense of what the object looks like to a precise awareness of its component parts and particularities."
- Alain de Botton

"Learn to draw so effectively that it becomes second nature – almost another language. Carry a sketchbook at all times."
- David Curtis

"I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen..."
- Frederick Franck

"A drawing a day keeps the cobwebs away."
- Robert Genn

"Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached."
- Irwin Greenberg

Art at its best.