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The Importance of Sketching Everyday
by Courtney Hatcher
Inspiration is Everywhere
As an artist it is important to create new art, to experiment and grow.
Unfortunately, life often gets in the way of studio time. It is not always possible to create a masterpiece everyday. That is why sketching is so important in the routine of an artist.
The amount of time you can spend sketching everyday is not as important as the act itself. Sketch for an hour or two if you get lost in the moment, but even five minutes of drawing will have a huge impact on your art, your career and your day to day life.
Maybe you can't take the time in the morning or the evening to sit down and just sketch, that's ok. Keep a little sketchbook or notebook in your car or purse and you can sketch on the go! (I don't recommend sketching while driving but if you have one in your car it will be available to you during your downtime.) If you take public transportation to work you can sketch on the way, during your lunch break, while the kids are napping, sitting in the waiting room at the doctor, etc,.
Some of my best doodles can be found in the margins of my Algebra 101 notebook.
Inspiration is everywhere after all.
The activities we choose to give our time to become our habits. What we train our minds and bodies to do impacts every aspect of our lives, positively or negatively.
Everyone wants to live a fulfilling, happy, life. The most effective way to do that, in my experience, is by changing your mindset. Creating habits that affect my life positively is the simplest way I've found to change my mindset for the better.
For me, sketching has become one of those happy habits.
I've found that when I take the time to enjoy my creativity and do this one little thing that's just for me I'm a happier version of myself. As an artist, it's one small action I can take to move forward in a more positive, creative fashion.
I sometimes use sketching as a form of meditation. I sit in a quiet space and let myself focus solely on the paper in front of me.
Taking the time to quietly sketch allows my mind and body to let go of all the things that are stressing me out. I can put my responsibilities, anxieties and dramas on the back burner and just relax into my sketchbook.
In this busy world where a million different things are competing for our attention 24/7 it's important to step back and give some of that attention to ourselves. Sketching is a good way to check in with yourself, it can be a form of self-care.
If I've had a particularly stressful day I find that sketching in the evening helps me clear my mind and calm down before I go to sleep. Nothing is worse than tossing and turning all night because I'm worrying and unable to let go of the day. For me, sketching alleviates those feelings and helps me get better rest.
I challenge you to make sketching a part of your daily routine. Try it for a week and see how it can change your day! Let me know how it works for you. Remember, you don't have to complete a sketch or a drawing everyday. You can, but it's not necessary to benefit from the exercise. You may end up working on the same one all week, ten minutes one day, thirty minutes the next. The important thing is to do a little bit everyday!
Courtney Hatcher is an abstract artist from Flint, Michigan.
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