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Thoughts on Sketching

Sketch for Chiron and Achilles, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Sketch for Chiron and Achilles, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) (click to enlarge)

Our head Instructor, Hank McLaughlin, offers some thoughts why it is important to develop the habit of sketching.

John Singer Sargent once said, “Sketch your hand once a day and you will become an artist.” Use your non-drawing hand as a mode—fingers spread out, making a fist, etc. This improves your hand-eye coordination. Nearly anything we observe in nature will make a model for a sketch ... a tree, rock, apple, etc.

It is not what you sketch, draw or paint, but how well it is sketched, drawn or painted. Developing a habit to sketch spontaneously and often will improve all other aspects of your art. Your finished drawings will improve and so will your paintings. It has been said that Rembrandt sketched and drew as he breathed. Once you develop the sketching habit, you’ll want to sketch every day.