The latest issue of Drawing Magazine came in the post the other day. The main focus this time is on sketching and sketchbooks. I also listened to a podcast recently, about developing a sketching habit, so I thought this must be a good time to try that out. That way, whenever I don't want to sit by the easel and draw, I can do some sketches instead and still do something every day to develop my skills.
I do sketch from time to time but it's not really something I have enjoyed that much. It looks so unfinished and full of mistakes. Usually, when I start a drawing I don't sketch out different compostions or anything beforehand, I only try it out once, and that becomes the final piece. I don't want to waste time doing the same thing over and over, but maybe I should try it more often.
I think it's a good idea to keep my freehand skills sharp by sketching. To save time, when I start a "real" drawing I trace the outline of the image on to my paper, and although most of the work is yet to be done, I feel safe that I've started out the right way. Maybe that's why I haven't enjoyed sketching, because then I do everything freehand, and have no safe starting point, I have to spend a lot more time getting it right from the beginning. I guess I'll get better at that, as you do with anything you spend a lot of time on.