Keep That Line Going

24 Jan

Sketchbook cat.


There’s really no excuse for not drawing, but I find it almost impossible to draw everyday, I’m just too lazy. Also there’s only so much you can draw the husband, the cats, the chair and the feet without getting totally bored. I was feeling a bit guilty today as I haven’t drawn for a couple of days [I’ve been cutting blocks for prints so I’ve been doing something arty]. I was sitting in one of our little art deco chairs and Sparta our tortoiseshell [calico] cat came and sat on the arm right up close to me. I grabbed a sketchbook [I’m never far from one] and started scribbling away with a biro. Although she was fairly still, she kept moving her head so I just went with it and kept the line going over and over the ones below.

I think it’s important not to try to get the ‘perfect’ drawing all the time, because you can end up with work that looks rather lifeless and also because it can be inhibiting – and time consuming. Although these drawings are nowhere near perfect and won’t be appearing in any exhibitions, they are quite lively; they captured that little moment of quiet with my kitty; and they got me off my backside to do some sketchbook drawings [although I was sitting on it lol. In my little art deco chair].

5 Responses to “Keep That Line Going”

  1. Hansi January 25, 2012 at 15:37 #

    Well said. Been there and done that with not feeling like drawing daily. Kinda comes in spurs, or bouts of activity for me.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 25, 2012 at 19:06 #

      I know – I’m trying to force myself to do some scribbling now but the Internet is distracting me lol

  2. Tin Roof Press January 25, 2012 at 10:42 #

    I think you are right about the perfect drawing mentality, I keep aiming for the perfect sketchbook. Like a really neat and pretty one. Each page should be really ‘good’. It means I’ve had one sketchbook running for 1.5 years

    • Rosie Scribblah January 25, 2012 at 13:30 #

      wow that’s a record I’m sure lol. It’s tempting because I’ve seen courses in making and keeping sketchbooks and these turn out to be beautiful, clean, tidy and perfect pieces of design, not the scrappy, manky, stream-of-consciousness stuff I shove into mine. My developed artwork is much more precise and neat 🙂

      • Tin Roof Press January 25, 2012 at 14:15 #

        shameful I know. I’m nearly at the end – but on the other hand its the only sketch book i’ve managed to feel i wouldn’t want to throw away. I’m been VERY good with it. :).
        If I only could do one drawing every day it would be full in no time!

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