Drawing Every Day
Frangipani sketch, charcoal and graphite on paper
©2009 Caroline Roberts
One of my big goals this summer is to make a habit of drawing something every day. I know that the practice will improve that skill and give me so much more range as a painter. Three days ago I got going and drew a cup and saucer from life, and yesterday I drew this Frangipani flower from a photograph. Sometimes I found it easier to keep turning the picture 90 degrees – I find it easier to judge a curve against the vertical than the horizontal for some reason. I’m pretty pleased with this and (if approved) it will be on the cover of my sister’s wedding invitation.
castle reward chart
A quick detour – the above scan is my ‘reward’ chart that I made to encourage myself in forming my new drawing habit. I’m trying to emphasize visually to myself how every action I take to improve a skill or make connections will help build my ‘castle’. Hey, it works for the kids! I made one for my daughter but she started filling hers in from the turrets. Guess I should have started with turrets in the air and built down to the ground too!