People move, it starts raining, someone stops for a chat. You settle for a sketch and things don’t go to plan. Twenty minutes sketches turns into a 5 minutes sketches.
The doctor will call you for your appointment shortly, or your train will be there any time. There’s no time to crack your sketchbook open. Thirty minutes later you’re still waiting. You dream of the sketch you’d done if you’d got stuck in!
The value of 5 minutes sketches
It is nice to have a sketchbook full of lovely finished spreads, but sketchbooks are also great to play, experiment and get messy. Quick 5 minute sketches might not impress people as much (although you’ll find that often they do), but they are great to hone your drawing skills.
You learn drawing or painting through practice. All those quick drawings will add up. You’ll find you are faster and more confident when you start a ‘proper’ drawing.
Think of 5 minutes drawings as quick notes – gather them on a spread of your sketch book building the composition as you go along. You’ll be surprised how sometimes your quick sketch might turn into a much longer one.
There will be no pondering over missed sketching opportunities either!
Tips for quick sketches
- Don’t think – just draw. Don’t think about what to draw. Just open your book and get started
- Embrace wonky. You are drawing fast, some lines will be wonky, proportions will be out. Embrace it – it gives your drawings character
- Not all drawings will be finished. Accept it. My sketchbooks are full of half drawn people. They just moved before I finished. It can’t be helped!
- Make time for quick sketches. Arrive to meet friends a few minutes early, stay a few minutes late. Stay to watch the kids sports practice. Soon you’ll love waiting as it will mean drawing